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Thread #139545   Message #3202146
Posted By: Stewart
05-Aug-11 - 12:02 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Ned of the Hill
Subject: RE: Origins: Ned of the Hill
Hi Mary,

It's also a nice slow air. I play it on the fiddle and sing an English translation - I'll play it for you up in Canada in a couple of weeks.

Here from Fiddler's Companion:

NED OF THE HILL [1] (Eamonn/Eadmun an Cnuic). AKA - "Edmund of the Hill." AKA and see "As a Beam O'er the Waters," "Captain Carswell [1]," "Col O'Gara," "Eamonn a' Chnuic," "The Young Man's Dream." Irish, Slow Air (3/4 or 6/8 time). G Major/E Minor. Standard. AB (O'Neill, Roche): AABB (O'Farrell, Shields/Goodman). An Irish ballad of the period 1698‑1704 written in memory of Edmond (O')Ryan, of Knockmeill Castle, Co. Tipperary, who was an outlaw under King William. Edmond, or Ned, was the scion of an old family, the O'Ryans of Kilnelongurty, County Tipperary, who "was forced to become a Rapparee, and to do a man's part in spoiling the spoiler" (Flood, 1906). O'Ryan "took to the hills" after the capitulation of Limerick, and was murdered in one of the first years 18th century by one Dwyer for the reward of 200 Pounds set by the British on his head. He is burried in Curraheen, near Hollyford. The air itself dates from the close of the 16th century (though the first printed version appeared in 1729), according to Flood, and it underwent various modifications between the years 1600 and 1760 appearing under many titles, including "The Young Man's..." and a Scotch variant (in Johnson's Scots Musical Museum, 1788) "I Dreamed I Lay" with words by Robert Burns. Another early printing of the melody appears in the appendix to Walker's Historical Memoirs of the Irish Bards (1786). Source for notated version: a manuscript collection dated 1861 by the Anglican cleric and piper James Goodman (1828-1896), who collected primarily in County Cork [Shields]. O'Farrell (National Irish Music for the Union Pipes), 1804; pg. 21. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1979; No. 133, pg. 24. Roche Collection, 1982, vol. 1; No. 1, pg. 7. Shields (Tunes of the Munster Pipers), 1998; No. 34, pg. 16. Plant Life Records PLR017, "The Tannahill Weavers" (1979).

Cheers, S. in Seattle