Old Walls of Liscarroll (1)

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OLD WALLS OF LISCARROLL [1]. AKA and see "Belles of Liscarroll (The)." Irish, Jig. D Mixolydian ('A' part) & A Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is similar in part to "Tom Billy's Jig." Not unexpectedly, "Old Walls of Liscarroll" is sometimes shortened to "Walls of Liscarroll," however, this is also the name of a tune that is a member of the "Lads on the Mountain"/"Lark in the Meadow" family (for which see "Walls of Liscarroll (1) (The)), and one of the alternate titles of "Merry Old Woman (1) (The)" (for which see also "Walls of Liscarroll (2) (The)").

Source for notated version: "In the year 1902 a thin oblong book of Mss. music came to hand from P. D. Reidy 'Prof. of Dancing, London and Castleisland.' Altho it included forty tunes from the repertory of five competent fiddlers, nearly all were variations of tunes already in our possession. The above as played by Daniel J. Kelleher is one of the exceptions. There can be little doubt that Mr. Reidy's title was well deserved, because his fame as a dancer and dancing master in early life in North Kerry was successfully maintained later in life in London, where he was esteemed as an authority on the subject. Frequent mention of his name appears in Irish Minstrels and Musicians" [O'Neill, Waifs and Strays].

Printed sources: O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 164.

Recorded sources: Green Linnet SIF3051, Frankie Gavin - "Frankie Goes to Town" (learned from Kerry fiddler Donal O'Connor; also recorded in 1982 by Kerry musicians Julia and Billy Clifford).

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




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