Merry Christmas (1) (A)

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MERRY CHRISTMAS [1], A. AKA and see "Rose Bush." Irish, Jig (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A version of the tune was published in William Bradbury Ryan's Mammoth Collection (Boston, 1883) as "Rose Bush." O'Neill credits it to Sergeant James O'Neill, his collaborator and transcriber, but it seems likely this is one of the tunes that O'Neill adapted from other collections, in this case from Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883). The first strains of Ryan's "Rose Bush" and O'Neill's "Merry Christmas" are identical, but the second strains differ somewhat after the first couple of bars.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - "J. O'Neill" [O'Neill]]. Sergeant James O'Neill served as Capt. Francis O'Neill's transcriber and collaborator for his early volumes of Irish music.

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1580 Melodies), 1903; No. 841. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 103.

Recorded sources: -



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