Will They Ever Return?
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WILL THEY EVER RETURN? (A filleadar go deo?). Irish, Air (4/4 time, "Slow and mournfull"). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. One supposes the title refers to the tide of Irish emigration to America in the 19th century. Perhaps this piece was meant to be played at “American wakes,” the farewell sendoffs for those departing for the passage. Caoimhin Mac Aoidh believes the tune may have been composed by source James O'Neill [see The Scribe, p. 87].
Source for notated version: Chicago Police Sergeant James O’Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down and Francis O’Neill’s collaborator [O’Neill].
Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 66, p. 12.