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 Theme code Index    1133 51H51
 Also known as    Kathleen O'Shea's, New York Hornpipe
 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Hornpipe/Clog
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    4/4
 Structure    AA'BB'
 Editor/Compiler    Biography:Seamus Connolly & Laurel Martin
 Book/Manuscript title    Book:Forget Me Not
 Tune and/or Page number    pp. 52-53
 Year of publication/Date of MS    2002
 Artist    Biography:Maire O'Keeffe
 Title of recording    Cóisir (House Party)
 Record label/Catalogue nr.    Gael-Linn CEFCD 165
 Year recorded    1993
 Score   ()   

BEN HILL [2]. AKA - "Kathleen O'Shea's." Irish, Hornpipe. G Major. Standard tuning. AA'BB'. Kathleen O'Shea-Maguire, referenced in the alternate title, is a former World Champion Irish step dancer, with whom the tune is associated. Séamus Connolly & Laurel Martin note that the famous Galway accordion player Joe Burke told Connolly the tune was discovered by Ballinakill, County Galway, fiddler Aggie White, who did not have a name for it. She and Burke decided to call it "Ben Hill" on the way to a performance in the 1960's, naming it after a small incline on the road near where Aggie and her husband Séamus Ryan lived.

Printed sources: Connolly & Martin (Forget Me Not), 2002; pp. 52-53.

Recorded source: Gael-Linn CEFCD 165, Maire O'Keeffe - "Cóisir (House Party)" (1993).

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GFGA ~B3c|dgge dBGB|cedc BAFG|1 AGGF G2 (3DEF:|2 AGGF GBdc||
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GFGA ~B3c|dgge dBGB|cedc BAFG|1 AGGF GBdc:|2 AGGF G4||