Rambling Boy (1)

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X:1 T:I am a Poor Rambling Boy M:3/4 L:1/8 Q:"Plaintive and Slow" R:Air N:”Very ancient, author and date unknown.” B:Bunting – Ancient Music of Ireland (1840, No. 96, p. 71) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Gmin (d>c)|(B>A) (G>^F) (D>F)|(.G.G .G2) (.B.B)|(B>c) (.d.f.e.c)|d4 (.B.B| .B)>cd (.f.e.c)|d4 (d>c)|(B>A) (G^F) (D^F)|.G.G .G2:||



RAMBLING BOY [1]. AKA - "I'm/I am a poor Rambling Boy" ("Is buachaill goidhaisteach me" or "Is buacaill boct fanac me"). AKA and see "There was a young lady". Irish, Air (3/4 time, "plaintive"). A Aeolian (Bunting): G Minor (O'Neill, Stanford/Petrie). Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. Petrie (1855) remarks Bunting’s version is "badly set", while O'Neill (1903) simply repeats Bunting's setting without alteration.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - the Irish collector Edward Bunting gives two sources for this tune; in the index to his 1840 collection he states it was obtained from "W. Sloane, Esq., Belfast, 1799," while his MS version gives a his source the elderly harper Charles Byrne.

Printed sources : - Bunting (Ancient Music of Ireland), 1840; No. 96, p. 71. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 144, p. 25. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 96, pp. 140-141. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 668, p. 167.

Recorded sources: -



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