Pearl O’Shaughnessy's Barndance (2)
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PEARL O'SHAUGHNESSY'S BARNDANCE . AKA and see "Fred Pigeon's No. 2," "Fred Pigeon's Polka," "Hills of Tara," "If There Weren't Any Men in the World." Irish, Barndances. Two tunes, the first in four parts, though in Donegal it is often played as two separate barndances, according to Maire O’Keeffe. Fiddler Pearl O’Shaughnessy is the mother of Irish musician Paul O’Shaungnessy, and, as a nameless tune picked up from her playing, it became associated with her and gained her name. The tunes were recorded on a 78 RPM in 1946 by Danny O’Donnell, simply called “Irish Barn Dance.” The first strain of the tune appears in Dave Townsend’s Second Collection of English Country Dance Tunes (1983) as the first strain of “Fred Pigeon's No. 2.”
Source for notated version:
Recorded sources: Spin CD1001, Eoghan O’Sullivan, Gerry Harrington, Paul De Grae - “The Smoky Chimney” (1996. Learned from Tralee fiddler Maire O’Keeffe, who had them from Pearl O’Shaunghnessy, of Donegal and Scottish origins).
See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info