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OLD MAN'S DELIGHT, THE (Taitneam an seanduine). Irish, Double Jig. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB.

The Chicago Irish Music Club, c. 1903. James Kennedy is in the last row, standing, to the extreme right.

Source for notated version: "J. Kennedy" [O'Neill]. Chicago Police Patrolman John Kennedy was, according to O'Neill (Irish Minstrels and Musicians, 1913, p. 368), "a sweet, expressive fiddler, and, as far as time and tone are concerned, he left nothing to be desired. Almost as interesting as his music was the tuning and testing of his instrument. The combination of chords which he brought out in varied and rapid succession before attempting a tune convinced one that his teacher was a master of his art. A farmer's son, born in the early sixties of the last century, he came to America to better his fortune, but did not follow music as a profession. Many of his tunes hitherto unpublished--and he never played a poor one--werenoted down and printed in Music of Ireland and The Dance Music of Ireland. Of course those tunes, as well as others obtained from his sister Ellen, were learned from their father." Perhaps the title references Kennedy's father.

Printed sources: O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 28. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 819, p. 153. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 85, p. 30.

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