Old Horned Sheep (The)
Back to Old Horned Sheep (The)
OLD HORNED SHEEP, THE (An Sean Caor-Adrcac). AKA and see "Humors of Donnybrook (1)," "One-Horned Sheep." Irish, Double Jig. G Major (O'Neill): B Flat Major (Cranford). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody appears to be an amalgam of two old Irish tunes, "Humors of Donnybrook" and "Sweet Biddy Daly" (the first and second strains, respectively). It was first printed in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) under the title "Boss (The)." Donegal fiddler John Doherty played a version he called "Pet in the Kitchen (The)," a reference to his fiddle. See also athe distanced variant "Original One-Horned Sheep (The)."
Source for notated version: Winston Fitzgerald (1914–1987, Cape Breton), had had the tune from his friend Don Brown who had learned it from O'Neill's [Cranford].
Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald: A Collection of Fiddle Tunes), 1997; No. 184, p. 73.
O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 169, p. 93.
O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 55.
O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1026, p. 192.
O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 238, p. 53.
Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 108.
See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info