On the Brink of the White Rock

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ON THE BRINK OF THE WHITE ROCK (Air/Ar bhruach na carraige báine). Irish, Air (6/8 time, "slow or moderate"). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. "From W. Stack. This is obviously another form of the air given by Bunting (1840, p. 22), to which Thomas Davis wrote his song, 'The West's Asleep.' But Stack's version differs materially, and is very characteristic and beautiful. I think it better than Bunting's. This air is to be distinguished from another with the same name, to which Davis wrote his song, 'Oh, proud were the chieftains of green Inisfail,' and which well be found in Petrie's Ancient Music of Ireland, pp. 138, 139, 140" (Joyce). See also "Brink of the White Rocks (1) (The)," "Brink of the White Rocks (2) (The)," "Brink of the White Rocks (3) (The)" for other airs for the song.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 667, p. 334.

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