Sailor's Return (1) (The)

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X:1 T:Sailor’s Return [1], The M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:O’Neill – Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Gmin BAGF DGGB|AFcF dFcF|BAGF (3D=E^F GA|BABc dgga| (3bag a^f gdd=e|FdcB AF F2|BAGF (3D=E^F GA|BdcA BG G2|| Ggg^f gag=f|Fff=e fgaf|Ggg^f dgga|(3bag af dgga| (3bag (3agf gdd=e|fdcB AF F2|BAGF (3D=E^F GA| BdcA BG G2||



SAILOR'S RETURN [1], THE (Fillead an mairnealaig). AKA and see "Eileen Curran (1)," “Maura Connolly's,” "Sailors Set on Shore," "Sailors on Shore." Irish, Reel. G Dorian (O'Neill): A Dorian (Breathnach). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The reel is usually known as "Eileen Curran's" in modern session repertoire. Paul Cranford (1997) finds O'Neill's "Sailor's Return [2]" to be a reel setting of Scottish fiddler-composer Robert Mackintosh's 18th century strathspey “Lady Dalrymple.” Set as a reel, in 1883 it was included in Ryan's Mammoth Collection as "Sailors Set on Shore/Sailors on Shore," in a setting very similar to the one O'Neill later used. The American tune “Paresis” is also a related tune, published in the turn of the 20th century Harding Collection, from which source Cape Breton fiddlers picked up the tune. “Maura Connolly's” is a related tune.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - accordionist Paddy O'Brien, 1970 (Dublin, Ireland) [Breathnach].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 239, p. 124 (untitled tune). O'Neill (1915 ed.), 1987; No. 281, p. 142. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1375, p. 256. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 625, p. 113.

Recorded sources: - Claddagh Records, Paul McGrattan - “The Frost Is All Over.” Coleman Music Center CHC 009, flute player Desmond Higgins (Cloone, Co. Leitrim) – “The Coleman Archive, vol. 2: The Home Place” (2005. Various artists). Green Linnet GLCD 106, James Keane "Green Linnet Records. The Twentieth Anniversary Collection" (1996. Various artists).

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [2]



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