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Thread #84745   Message #4024385
Posted By: GUEST,Peter Laban
18-Dec-19 - 09:02 AM
Thread Name: Origins: Cliffs of Moher (Dermot Kelly)
Subject: RE: Origins: Cliffs of Moher (Dermot Kelly)
O'Neill uses 'Cliffs of Moher' in DMI (#121). The version in W&S has the configuration most old players used to have: the low part first, a practice that has become reversed and probably helps to evoke the scaling heights of the Cliffs.

O'Neill doesn't supply an explanation for the title but I image he had no name for the tune (or failed to connect it to the tune in his earlier collection, which was given in G although obviously the same melody) and named it for the last of a batch of material to transcribe for the day. I don't think there's much more to it than that.