Lough Sheeling (2)

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X:1 T:Lough Sheeling [2] M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air Q:”Slow” B:Smollet Holden - Collection of favourite Irish Airs (London, c. 1841; p. 9) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Emin B^d|e2 ef ge|d2B2 (3GAB|c2c2 BA|B4 B^d| e2 ef ge|d2B2 eG|A3G E^D|E4 BA| G2 GABG|{B}A2G2 GA/B/|c2c2 BA|B4 B^d| e2 ef ge|d2B2 GA/B/|A3G E^D|E4||



LOUGH SHEELING [2] (Loc Saileann). AKA and see "Adieu My Loved Harp," "Come rest in this bosom," "Bridget O'Malley." Irish, Slow Air (3/4 time). E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part (Holden): AB (Clinton, Haverty, O'Neill). This air is an old harp melody used by Thomas Moore for his song "Come Rest in this Bosom." Francis O'Neill, writing in Irish Folk Music: A Fascinating Hobby (1910, p. 132), remarks that the air is a variant of "O Aranmore Loved Aranmore," and P.W. Joyce prints a variant as the air of the song "Molly Bawn (1)."

Hardiman links the song with "Bridget O'Malley," which he attributes to O'Carolan, but the association is not yet substantiated.


Additional notes



Printed sources : - Clinton (Gems of Ireland: 200 Airs), 1841; No. 30, p. 15. William Forde (300 National Melodies of the British Isles), c. 1841; p. 4, No. 11. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 3), 1859; No. 210, p. 101. Smollet Holden (Collection of favourite Irish Airs), London, c. 1841; p. 9. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 333, p. 58.






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