Annotation:Land of Sunshine (The)

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X:1 T: The Land of Sunshine Q: 350 R: reel C: Martin Mulhaire M: 4/4 L: 1/8 Z: transcribed by B.Black K: C G, | C2 EC B,DGF | EccB cGEG | FAdF EGcG | FEDC B,G,A,B, | C2 EC B,DGF | EccB cGEG | FAdA BGFD | DCB,D C3 :| e/2f/2 | ge e2 fdBd | cedB cGEG | FAdF EGce | fedc defa | ge e2 fdBd | cedB cGEG | FAdc BGFD | DCB,D C3 :|

LAND OF SUNSHINE, THE. AKA and see "John Bowe's (3)." Irish, Reel. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Bill Black (1996) notes the tune was (supposedly) composed by County Galway native Martin Mulhaire [1] shortly after his arrival in America. The tune is sometimes called "John Bowe's (3)," after the B/C accordion player originally from Birr, Co. Offaly, in England since 1965. Similarly, it has been called "Finbarr Dwyer's (5)" after another accordion player.

However, both strains are cognate with other tunes, including De Dannan's "Jacket of Batteries," "Far Away from Home" and, in the first strain, "Great Eastern Reel (1)" and "Silver Spire (The)." The reel is also cognate with both strains of the Shetland reel "Saxavord."

Martin Mulhaire

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Black (Music's the Very Best Thing), 1996; No. 2, p. 1. Keegan (A Drop in the Ocean), 2005.

Recorded sources : - Alan Ng's [2]

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