Planxty Nancy Vernon
X:1 T:Planxty Nancy Vernon M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air Q:”Spirited” S:O’Neill – Music of Ireland (1903), No. 676 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A e|c2A F>EF|E3 EFA|B2B BAF|ABc d2e| c2A F>EF|E3 EFA|B2d c2B|BAA A2|| c|e2c A2c|d3 d2c|d2e f2e|edc B2c| f2e edc|B3 c2B|BAF F2E|EFA B2e| c2A F>EF|E3 EFA|B2d c2B|BAA A2||
PLANXTY NANCY VERNON (Pleraca Anna Ni Beirnon). AKA and see "Oh! Sheelah thou art My Darling," "Sheelah thou'rt my Darling Ah!" Irish, Air or Planxty (6/8 time, "spirited"). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The air appears in Francis O'Neill's section of O'Carolan airs in his Music of Ireland (1903), however, it does not appear in Donal O'Sullivan's definitive Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper (1958), who did not believe it was a Carolan composition. It is from an unknown source, and by what authority O'Neill ascribed it to the bard is not known. Paul de Grae notes that O'Neill's tune is a duplicate (save for one note) of J.T. Surenne's "Ah! Sheelah thous't my darling", a song whose indicated air is "Nancy Vernon". The song is by Robert Tahhahill (1774-1810), a Scottish poet and songwriter.
- Paul de Grae, "Sources of Tunes in the O'Neill Collections", 2017.