Will You Come Down to Limerick? (1)

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WILL YOU COME DOWN TO LIMERICK? [1] (A tiocfad tu sios go Luimnaig?). AKA and see “Follow Me Down to Limerick,” "Munster Gimlet," “Plumkum.” Irish, Slip Jig (9/8 time). G Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Mitchell): AA'BC (O’Neill): AA’BCDEE’F (Mitchell). Francis O'Neill remarks in Irish Folk Music: A Fascinating Hobby:

An uncommonly fine tune of this class [i.e. slip jig], in three strains, obtained from John Ennis, is “Will You Come Down to Limerick?” Simpler versions are known to old-time musicians of Munster and Connacht, and in Chicago. Ennis had no monopoly of it, for it was well known to Delaney, Early, and McFadden. As an old-time Slip Jig it seems to have been called “The Munster Gimlet,” a singularly inapt title; but when it came into vogue by its song name, we are unable to say.

See also the related “Whack at the Whigs (A).” "Gold Ring (1) (The)" is a double-jig time variant.

Member of the Irish Music Club, Chicago, c. 1903. John Ennis is in the middle row, 4th from the left.

Sources for notated versions: Chicago police patrolman, piper and flute player John Ennis, originally from County Kildare [O’Neill]; piper Willie Clancy (1918-1973, Miltown Malbay, west Clare) [Mitchell]; accordion maker and musician Martin Connolly (Ennis) [Treoir].

Printed sources: Cotter (Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Tutor), 1989; 62. Mitchell (Dance Music of Willie Clancy), 1993; No. 46, p. 56 & No. 58, p. 63 (two versions). O'Neill (O’Neill’s Irish Music), 1915; No. 216, p. 115. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 80. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1121, p. 212. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 415, p. 82. Treoir, vol. 37, No. 4, 2005; p. 25.

Recorded sources: Claddagh CC 1, Leo Rowsome - "King of the Pipers" (1959). Claddagh 4CC 32, Willie Clancy – “The Pipering of Willie Clancy, Vol. 1” (1980). Shanachie SH34001, Leo Rowsome - "King of the Pipers" (1992).

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

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