Penny Candle (The)
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PENNY CANDLE, THE. Irish, Reel. D Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Taylor (1992) notes this melody is a composition of influential Co. Tipperary button accordion player Paddy O'Brien (1922–1991, son of noted fiddler Dinny O'Brien), who named it after Maeve Binchy's first novel Light a Penny Candle (1982). Binchy was herself an admirer of Irish music.
Source for notated version:
O'Brien (The Compositions of Paddy O'Brien), 1992; p. 38.
Eileen O'Brien (The Definitive Collection of the Music of Paddy O’Brien 1922–1991), 2009; p. 82.
Taylor (Crossroads Dance), 1992; No. 16, p. 14.
Recorded sources: Green Linnet GLCD 1187, Cherish the Ladies – “One and All: the best of Cherish the Ladies” (1998). Shaskeen - "Mouse Behind the Dresser."
See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info