Men from Ulster (The)

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MEN FROM ULSTER, THE (Na Fir Ua Ulad). AKA and see "Norfolk Hornpipe (1)." Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is the same as "Norfolk Hornpipe (1)" printed in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (c. 1883) and credited to W.H. Whiddon. A "W.H. Whiddon from Boston" is recorded [Williamson, History of the city of Belfast, in the state of Maine, 1913] as having participated in band concerts in Belfast, Maine, in 1893. The "Men from Ulster" title is perhaps Francis O'Neill's re-titling of the tune.

W.H. Whiddon is also thought to have been the composer of "Whiddon's Hornpipe", found in Kerr's Merry Melodies, and in Thomas Craig's Empire Violin Collection of Hornpipes (Aberdeen, 1898, p. 7), and "Whiddon's Favorite" and other tunes in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883). In fact, the second strain of "Whiddon's Hornpipe" is similar to the first strain of "Norfolk Hornpipe (1)/Men from Ulser (The)." Lisa Ornstein point out this part is a "floater," and also appears in O'Neill's "Wily Old Bachelor" and "Bashful Bachelor (2) (The)."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1701, p. 316.

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