>>Inis Oi/rr (Inisheer in English) is the name of an air from a tape by
>>Mi/chea/l O/ hAlmhain (the tape is called "The Bard of Aran").
>>It's a beautiful tune, but I wonder if it doesn't have another name. It
>>sounds so incredibly familiar. Is anyone familiar with this air?
>>>There is a beautiful air by that name on 'The first month of Summer', by
>>>Buttons & Bows, Green Linnet SIF 1079, 1987. This is Sean and Manus
>>>McGuire with Jackie Daly. There it is acknowledged as being 'a relaxed
>>>composition by Thomas Walsh'. I have the LP, and that is it for the info
>>>the liner notes.
>Thanks. Wish I knew if it is actually the same tune. Probably. If I
>ever get Green Linnet to send me that CD (I do a radio show, and
>sometimes they send me promo CDs), I guess I'll know.
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Well we could both always try and abc the tune, post it to the list and
see if they match at all. If not, then we'd all have twice as many
beautiful airs named
Inisheer/ Inis Oi/rr
I certainly like the Buttons & Bows tune well enough to put it on my list
of things to abc, that being already beyond excessive, you understand.
Might take a while. Have you tried the abc index yet?
Similarly but related, is Mi/chea/l O/ hAlmhain playing this on whistle,
In Tommy Walsh's tunebook, 'Legends of the Tin Whistle', there is a set
of tunes from a Dublin man by that name, who played with the Castle Ceili
Band and Ceoltoiri Laighin. I've always been curious about him, both
because the tunes set out include nice settings of Eddie Maloneys jig and
The Shepherd's Daughter, and I've seen reference elsewhere to a whistle
tutor he prepared with someone else that I would love to see oneday. I
suspect it was another of these ephemeral comhaltas books long out of
print that we will never see the like of again.