Young Ellen of My Heart

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YOUNG ELLEN OF MY HEART. Irish, Air (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning. One part.

Source for notated version: the Rice-Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind fiddler from North Kerry, noted by his student [O’Neill]. O'Neill had this to say about him in Irish Minstreals and Musicians (1913, p. 371):

The subject of this sketch hailed from the parish of Ballyconry between Listowell and Ballybunnian, County Kerry. Having lost his sight early in likfe, music was his only recourse, and as ha had talent in that line he became an excellent fiddle player. Besides playing at Sunday "patrons" with "Tom" Carthy, the centenarian piper of Ballybunnian, Breen made money teaching his art to farmers' sons and playing at Saturday night dances which were no means uncommon in those days. Among his pupils was Michael Kissane, a business man of Chicago, well known as one of the best Irish fiddlers in the city. Altogether Breen may be considered one of the most successful and prosperous of his class in the third quarter of the nineteenth century.

Printed sources: O’Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922.

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