Ode to Whiskey

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ODE TO WHISKEY. Irish, Air (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune is attributed to blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738), although Donal O'Sullivan, in his definitive 1958 work on the bard, could find no incontrovertible evidence of its origin. Its only attribution to Carolan was by Dr. Douglas Hyde in Literary History of Ireland (p. 599), but O'Sullivan concedes the melody is "sufficiently typical of Carolan's style to justify its inclusion." The Irish Gaelic lyric and the air was also published in Moffat's Minstrelsy of Ireland (1897).

Source for notated version: Horncastle's Music of Ireland (1844, p. 81) [O'Sullivan].

Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 197, p. 134. O'Sullivan (The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1957; No. 197, pp. 212-213.

Recorded sources: Columbia 35612, "The Chieftains" (1978).




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