Londubh agus an Cheirseach (An)

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LONDUBH AGUS AN CHEIRSEACH, AN (The Blackbird and the Woodlark). AKA - "Blackbird and the Hen (The)," "Blackbird and the Thrush (The)," "Cock and Hen (The)." Irish, Air or March (6/8 or 3/4 time). G Mixolydian/Major (Johnson): A Mixolydian (Bunting, Goodman, Haverty, O'Neill). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Bunting, Haverty): AABB (most versions). O'Sullivan finds related tunes in Petrie's Ancient Music of Ireland (1855) and Bunting's 1840 collection under the titles "Cearc agus Coileach a d'imigh le cheile" and "Sweet Portaferry," respectively. Words to the air were recorded by Bunting from two County Mayo sources in 1802. The tune (as "Blackbird and the Hen") was entered into vol. 2 (p. 148) of the mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uileann piper James Goodman.

Source for notated version: According to the Index of Bunting's 1840 edition, the tune was noted at Ballinrobe, County Mayo, in 1792; O'Neill's version is taken from Bunting.

Printed sources: Bunting (The Ancient Music of Ireland), 1840; p. 5. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 3), 1859; No. 254, pp. 124-125. Johnson (The Kitchen Musician No. 5: Mostly Irish Airs), 1985 (revised 2000); p. 8. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1837, p. 345. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 7, pp. 9-10.

Recorded sources: Green Linnet SIF 1053, Mick Moloney & Eugene O'Donnell - "Uncommon Bonds" (1984).




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