Pretty Girls of Abbeyfeale (The)

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X:1 T:Pretty Girls of Abbeyfeale, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air S:Joyce – Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (1909) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G G|B2B B2d|c2A F2G|A<BA G2G|(G3 G2)G| B2c d2e|=f2d c2B|c2d e2c|(d3 d2)G| B2c d2e|=f2d c2B|c2d e2c|(d3 d2)c| B2B B2d|c2A F2G|A<BA G2G|(G3 G2)||



PRETTY GIRLS OF ABBEYFEALE, THE. Irish, Air (6/8 time). G Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Abbeyfeale [1] is a town in County Limerick on the Kerry border. It was named after a Cistercian abbey founded here in the twelfth century by Brian O'Brian. Only a few ruins are still extent as the old abbey was incorporated into the present Catholic Church.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - "From memory, as I learned it from my father: a good setting is given in Chappell; but I believe it is Irish" [Joyce]. Joyce refers to Chappell's Music of the Olden Time, 1859, p. 734, and the air "The Manchester Angel."

Printed sources : - Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 55, p. 30. Milligan-Fox & Hughes (Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society vol. 1 No. 1), 1904; p. 6.

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