Lady St. John
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LADY ST. JOHN. Irish, Air or Planxty (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune is attributed to blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), although Donal O'Sullivan, in his definitive work on the bard could find no incontrovertible evidence of its origin despite stylistic similarities to know Carolan compositions. Nor could O'Sullivan find reference to a 'Lady St. John' in Irish records.
Source for notated version: John & William Neal(e), Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes (Dublin, c. 1726) [O'Sullivan].
Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 158, p. 107. Neal (Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes), 1724; p. 3. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 158, p. 185. Wright (Aria di Camera), 1727; No. 55.