Go raibh míle maith agaibh go léir - 1,000 thanks to all of you -
imagine, 20 helpful and informative answers have come in in just a
handful of days. My favourite (from Finbar Boyle) is reproduced below,
identifying the tune as "Cailíní Deasa Mhuigheo"! Fascinating to see
"And now to end my story, I'll marry Queen Victorey" and "Off to
Californy" sitting side by side, with only history & separating them.
> In a message dated 09/18/09 10:11:21 Eastern Daylight Time,
> [log in to unmask] writes:
> Colm O Lochlainn's two great ballad books were and are widely used as
> sources by ballad singers. Johnny McEvoy's version, which in turn became the
> source for everybody else, is as O Lochlainn printed it. One or two words
> have changed, but so it goes. O Lochlainn's note is;
> 'This air is sung in Conamara to "Peigín Leitir Mór". I learnt (sic) the
> last verse in childhood and 'invented' the other two, finding nothing else
> but a fragment 'And now to end my story, I'll marry Queen Victorey'. See B.
> Breatnach's 'Ceol Rince' where it is named 'Cailíni Deasa Mhuigheó'.
> Problem solved.
> There is also a 78rpm version, republished on one of the Rounder
> compilations. I think it may be 'Galway to Dublin', but I don't have access
> at the moment.