Pearl of the flowing tresses (The)

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PEARL OF THE FLOWING TRESSES, THE (Pearla na gruaige scaoilte). AKA - "Pearla na gruaige scaoilte," "Péarla an chúil craobhaigh.” Irish, "Rather Slow" Air (3/4 time). G Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Collected by George Petrie (c. 1790–1866) and printed in his Ancient Music of Ireland (p. 186). Petrie, however, had obtained the song from a younger contemporary collector, P.W. Joyce, who had learned it from the singing of his father, at Glenasheen, County Limerick, as a boy in the 1840's. "It's correctness has been verified by a notation of the air which I made myself from the singing of the poor blind woman, Mary Madden, from the same county."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 284, p. 49. Petrie (Ancient Music of Ireland, vol. 1), 1855; pp. 184-185.

Recorded sources: Kammeraderie - "Maidens of Melody" (2015).




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