Skylark (1) (The)
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SKYLARK , THE (An fhuiseog). AKA - "The Birds." Irish, Reel. D Major (most versions): G Major (Laufman). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (most versions): AA’BB’ (Harker/Rafferty). The melody is often credited to Sligo fiddler James Morrison, who recorded it in 1935 on a 78 RPM record for Columbia (in a medley with “Maude Millar”). The tune bears Morrison’s name as composer on the record. According to Philippe Varlet, he originally played it in the key of C major. Some similarities to “St(e). Anne’s Reel” in the ‘A’ part. The “Skylark” is often played in a medley with “Roaring Mary,” in deference to the famous pairing with that tune by the Kilfenora Ceili Band. Accordion great Joe Cooley played the same medley, with the addition of “Humors of Tulla (The)” as a first tune. Hudson Valley, New York, flute player Mike McHale, originally from County Roscommon, played this tune when he won the All-Ireland in 1958.