Biography:Francis O'Neill

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Francis O'Neill

 Given name:     O'Neill
 Middle name:     
 Family name:     Francis
 Place of birth:     Tralibane, Co. Cork
 Place of death:     Chicago, IL
 Year of birth:     1848
 Year of death:     1936
 Profile:     Collector, Musician
 Source of information:     Vallely, Fintan (ed.), The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, Cork, 1999, p. 285-286

Biographical notes


WORKS (published in New York unless otherwise stated)

O’Neill’s Music of Ireland. Eighteen Hundred and Fifty Melodies, 1903 [Reprint, ed. Mel Bay Publications, n.d.]

The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems, 1907 [Reprint, ed. Waltons, Dublin, 1986]

250 Choice Selections arranged for piano and violin, 1908

O’Neill’s Irish Music. 400 tunes arranged for piano and violin, 1915 [Reprint, ed. Mercier Press, Cork, 1987]

Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, 1922 (containing 365 pieces) and 1924 (including historical and descriptive notes on the tunes)

Irish Folk Music. A Fascinating Hobby, 1910 (Appendix A contains O’Farrells Treatise and Instructions on the Irish Pipes, published 1797-1800 ; Appendix B is Hints to Amateur Pipers by Patrick J. Touhy)

Irish Minstrels and Musicians, 1913 (biographies of musicians, including those from whom Fr. O’Neill collected tunes in Chicago) [Reprint, ed. Mercier Press, Cork, 1987 ; Palala Press, 2015]

About Francis O’Neill

Nicholas CAROLAN, A Harvest Saved: Francis O'Neill and Irish Music in Chicago, Ossian, 1997.

“O’Neill, (Captain) Francis”, in Fintan VALLELY (ed.), The Companion to Irish Traditional Music, Cork University Press, 1999, p. 285-286.

Ellen SKERRETT and Mary LESCH (Eds.), Captain O'Neill's Sketchy Recollections of an Eventful Life in Chicago, Northwestern University Press, 2008.

Aileen DILLANE, “Irish Traditional Music Dissemination at the End of the Long 19th Century: Francis O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903) and the City of Chicago”, in : M. Dossena and S. Rosso (Eds.), Knowledge Dissemination at the End of the Long Nineteenth Century. European and Transatlantic Perspectives, Cambridge Scholars, 2016, p. 65-88.