Waterford Waltz

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WATERFORD WALTZ. Irish, Waltz. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCCDD. An early example of a waltz. The title can be found in O'Farrell's c. 1810 Pocket Companion, vol. IV, one of several tunes with County Waterford connections in his volumes. Little is known about uilleann piper O’Farrell, save that he spent some years playing on the London stage around the turn of the 19th century, but the Waterford titles suggest he may have hailed from the county, or knew it well. Philippe Varlet reports that the tune was reintroduced by Micheal O'Suilleabhain's early band Óró Damhnagh on a 1977 Gael-Linn LP (Gael-lin CEF 056) and has since been recorded by the Boys of the Lough and Gerard Trimble.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O’Farrell (Pocket Companion for the Union Pipes, vol. IV), c. 1810; p. 138.

Recorded sources: Shanachie 79067, Boys of the Lough – “Farewell and Remember Me” (1987).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Hear a recording of piper Tommy Kearney play the tune on youtube.com [2]
Hear the Boys of the Lough recording on youtube.com [3] [4]

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