Ben Hill (2)
BEN HILL . 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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