O She's Comical
X:1 T:O She's Comical N:"Very Old" M:C L:1/8 R:Reel B: Joseph Lowe - Lowe's Collection of Reels, Strathspeys and Jigs, B:book 4 (1844–1845, p. 2) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A A|e/e/e (e=g) f2 fa|e2 ed cAAc|e/e/e (e=g) f2 fa|B2 (d/c/B/A/) (B=G)GB| e/e/e (e=g) f2 fa|e2 ee cAAc|d2 fd c2 ac|B2 (d/c/B/A/) B=GG|| B|efed c2 Ac|(ef)ed cAAc|efed c2 Ac|B2 (d/c/B/A/) (B=G)GB| efed c2 Ac|(ef)ed cAAc|d2 fd c2 ac|B2 (d/c/B/A/) B=GG||
O SHE'S COMICAL. AKA and see "O but Ye be Merry," "O'Shea's Comical Reel, "Rejected Suitor (The)." Scottish, Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Gow, Skye): ABB' (Athole, Kerr). A double-tonic reel, "Very old" (Gow, Skye). Older versions go under the title "O but Ye be Merry." W.B. Laybourn, editor of Köhler's Violin Repository, Book One (1881) printed the miss-heard title "O'Shea's Comical Reel." A four-part version of the tune can be found as "Rejected Suitor (The)" (Fear nan Casan Caola, aka "Pige Ruadh (Am)"), which can be found in instrumental and puirt-a-beul settings on Cape Breton.