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MOLL HALFPENNY/HA'PENNY. AKA and see "Molly MacAlpin," "Paul Halfpenny/Poll Ha'penny," "Maili Nic Ailpin," "O'Carolan's Farewell to Music," "Carolan's Dream," "Remember the Glories of Brian the Brave," "Brian the Brave (1)." Irish, Air (4/4 time). A Minor/A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "This name is the same as 'Molly MacAlpin,' and the air is a dance setting, and also a song setting--a very good one too--of the fine air (Molly MacAlpin) to which Moore wrote his song, 'Remember the glories of Brian the Brave'" (Joyce). See also hornpipe versions under the titles of "Poll Ha'Penny."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 134, pp. 68-69. John & William Neal (A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes), 1724; p. 5.

Recorded sources: Green Linnett GLCD 1181, Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill - "The Lonesome Touch" (1997).




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