Annotation:Return of Spring (The)

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RETURN OF SPRING, THE. AKA and see "Decca Polka (The)," "Golden Rooster (2) (The)," "Mountain Pathway (The)." Irish, Polka or Barndance (2/4 time). According to collector and fiddler Philippe Varlet, the tune was recorded by south County Sligo fiddlers Paddy Killoran (1904-1965) along with Paddy Sweeney (1894-1974) in the 1930's as "The Decca Polka"--Decca being their recording company at the time. Paired with "Mountain Pathway (The)," the tune was recorded as "Return of Spring" (first tune in "Medley of Polkas") by South Sligo fiddler James Morrison (1893-1947) in New York in early 1926, and the two are still often played together is a set today. Varlet associates the tune with the Sligo/Leitrim/Roscommon area and points out that they have a different, more legato, feel from the more commonly heard Kerry style polkas played with a 'punchier' rhythm.

See also Douglastown, Gaspe, Quebec, fiddler Cyril DeVogue's version as "Golden Rooster (2) (The)."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Treoir, vol. 36, No. 2, 2004; p. 26.

Recorded sources : - 3 SCONES 2008, Dermy Diamond, Tara Diamond, Dáithí Sproule - "Seanchairde/Old Friends" (2009). Columbia 33088-F (78 RPM), James Morrison (1926). Decca 12131 (78 RPM), Paddy Killoran & Paddy Sweeney (1937). Topic Records 12T390, "James Morrison & Tom Ennis" (1980). James Morrison - "Round the House and Mind the Dresser: Irish Country-House Dance Music" (2001). Desi Wilkinson - "World Network Ireland."

See also listing at :
Alan Ng's [1]
Hear Killoran & Sweeney's 1926 recording at the Internet Archive [2] (Decca Polka)
Hear James Morrison's 1926 recording on [3][4] and itma [5]

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