Lovely Sweet Banks of the Suir (The)

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LOVELY SWEET BANKS OF THE SUIR, THE. Irish, Air (3/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Stanford/Petrie): AAB (Joyce). P. W. Joyce (1890) notes: "The song which has given name to this air--beginning 'The very first day I left Carrick,' is still printed on sheets, and sung by ballad-singers in the southern counties." "Banks of the Suir (1)" is a similar title. O'Neill (1913) classifies this melody in a group with "Willy Reilly" et al (see note for "Willy Reilly"). Howe's and Joyce's versions are identical.

In 1853 in Transactions of the Ossianic Society "Lovely Sweet Bands of the Suir" is labelled a 'street ballad', "very popular in Munster, commencing thus:--

The very first day I left Carrick,
Was the twenty-ninth day of last June.

Paddy Conneely, Galway

Source for notated version: "From P. Conneely" (Coneely was a popular piper from Galway who died in 1850) [Stanford/Petrie].

Printed sources: Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 24. Joyce (Ancient Irish Music), 1890; No. 39, p. 41. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 801, p. 200.

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