Yellow Garron (The)

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YELLOW GARRON, THE (An Garran Buide). AKA - "Gearran Buidhe (An)." Irish, Air (2/4 time, "with spirit"). A Mixolydian/D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Two setting of the air were originally published by Edward Bunting as "Gearan Budhe--Yellow Horse," and O'Neill's "Yellow Garron" is nearly exactly a copy of the second version, save that the seventh's are flat (i.e. mixolydian mode) in Bunting. The flatted sevenths would be the more traditional way of playing the air. Joyce also has several settings of the tune (see also "Yellow Horse (1) (The)," "Yellow Horse (2) (The)," "Yellow Horse (3) (The)," "Yellow Horse (4) (The)," "Yellow Horse (5) (The)").

Source for notated version: "J. O'Neill" [O'Neill]. The tune was contibuted by Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down. James served as Francis O'Neill's transcriber and colloborator on the latter's early volumes of Irish music.

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 405, p. 70.

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