Young Kate of Kilcummer

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YOUNG KATE OF KILCUMMER (Cait og ua cill-comain). AKA and see "Blackbird and the Thrush (1) (The)." Irish, Slow Air (3/4 time). D Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Kilcummer, County Cork, is the seat of the Bowen family, located near Doneraile on the east side of the river Awbeg. The ballad was printed in the periodical Bolster's "Quarterly Magazine, No. IX" (Cork, 1828), in a story called "The Rapparee", where it was said to be "a favourite Irish song," translated by the author. Crofton Croker (who noted this information in his Popular Songs of Ireland (1839), transmitted by Paul de Grae) thought it was in fact an original composition.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 225, p. 39.

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