Pretty Girls of Ballymena (The)

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PRETTY GIRLS OF BALLYMENA, THE (Cailinide deas ua Baile-Meadonac). Irish, Air (4/4 time). E Minor/G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Ballymena [1] is a town and borough in County Antrim, northern Ireland. Caoimhin Mac Aoidh, writing in his book The Scribe (2006, p. 87), believes the air may have been composed by James O'Neill.

Source for notated version: Chicago Police Sergeant James O’Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down and Francis O’Neill’s collaborator [O’Neill].

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 42, p. 8.

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