The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #182 Message #1679999
Posted By: GUEST,thurg
27-Feb-06 - 12:51 AM
Thread Name: Origins: When First I Went to Caledonia
Subject: RE: Origins: When First I Came to Caledonia
Re: the melody - I heard Ronnie MacEachern sing this song many times, to the tune of Mo Ruin Gael Dileas, presumably the melody used by Amby Thomas. Ronnie would sing the Gaelic chorus as well; again, I assume he was following Amby Thomas's practice. It seems to me that the Gaelic chorus was given in Ronnie's book.
I always assumed that Any Cutting's melody is his own variation on the original Mo Ruin Gael Dileas tune.