O'Sullivan's March (2)

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O'SULLIVAN'S MARCH [2] (Triallta Ui Suilleabain). Irish, Double Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Some similarities to the 6/8 part of the tune played as "O'Sullivan Mor" or "O'Sullivan More's March (1)," however, Brendan Breathnach (CRÉ II, 1976) states that "O'Sullivan's March (2)" is not the version usually played when "O'Sullivan's March" is called for. O'Neill (Irish Folk Music, 1910) explains: "This name had been met with in my studies, but nothing purporting to be the air in question was ever discovered until recently, when it was found printed in Lynch's Melodies of Ireland, published in 1845." O'Neill sees similarities with this tune and the folksong beginning "Old Woman Tossed Up in a Blanket (4), seventeen times as high as the moon."

Edward Cronin

Source for notated version: elderly Chicago fiddler Edward Cronin, born in Limerick Junction, County Tipperary, c. 1840's [O'Neill].

Printed sources: O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 51, p. 25.

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