Old Blackthorn (The)

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OLD BLACKTHORN, THE (An Sean-draighneán). AKA and see "Blackthorn Stick (4) (The)," "Brightest Eyes," "Clear the Road," "Countess of Louden's Reel," "Inch of Garth," "Irishman's Blackthorn Stick (The)," "Jolly Clam-diggers (1) (The)," "Rising of the Sun (The)," "Rising Sun (2) (The)," "Strone Johnny." Irish, Reel. Ireland; County Sligo, west Kerry. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Breathnach): AA'BB' (Moylan). A version of "The Rising Sun" family of tunes, albeit with a different second strain. O'Neill (1903) printed sets under the titles "Rising Sun (2) (The)" and "Jolly Clam-diggers (1) (The)", by which titles it earlier appeared in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883), along with an additional set called "Brightest Eyes." Scottish versions can be found as "Countess of Louden's Reel" and "Inch of Garth."

Sources for notated versions: fiddler Tommy Potts (Ireland) [Breathnach]; fiddler Fred Finn, 1919-1986 (Kiltycreen, Kilavil, Co. Sligo) [Flaherty]; accordion player Johnny O'Leary (Sliabh Luachra region of the Cork-Kerry border), recorded at Na Píobairí Uilleann, October, 1984 [Moylan].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ I), 1963; No. 136, p. 55. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 81. Lyth (Bowing Styles in Irish Fiddle Playing, vol. 1), 1981; 49. Moylan (Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra), 1994; No. 155, p. 90.

Recorded sources: Coleman Music Center CHC 009, Jackie Coleman & Andy Davey - "The Coleman Archive, vol. 2: The Home Place" (2005. Various artists).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]

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