Sailing back of Whiddy
X:1 % T:Sailing back of Whiddy B:O'Neill's 56 M:C L:1/8 Z:1999 by John Chambers <firstname.lastname@example.org> Q:"With expression" N:"Collected by J.O'Neill" K:C C>DE>F G>E C2 | E>FG>c d>c B<G | e>dc>B A>G c2 | C>DE>F G>F E<D | | C>DE>F G>E C2 | E>FG>c d>c B<G | e>dc>B A>G c2 | C>DE>F G>E D<C || || C>D E<G D>F E<C | E<F G<c d>c B<G | e>d c>B AG Hc>c | C>D E>G D>F E<C ||
SAILING BACK OF WHIDDY (Ag seolad taob le Faoit). Irish, Air (4/4 time). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB.
Composed by fiddler James O’Neill (1863-1949), originally from County Down & Belfast), who, while a sergeant on the Chicago police force in the first decade of the twentieth century, collaborated with Captain Frances O’Neill on the seminal compendium Music of Ireland (1903). Whiddy Island is in Bantry Bay, near Francis O'Neill's childhood home in Munster. It seems an odd title for such an Ulster-sounding tune, with its Scottish influences.