Danny Boy, traditional (my favorite songs)
Billkozy on 03/13/2017
|St. Patrick's Day is upon us. I actually never get tired of hearing this song. Very emotional.|
Tradition has it that this song is derived from a 17th-century blind harpist named Rory Dall O'Cahan, who played the melody on a fiddle in 1851 whereupon Jane Ross, of Limavady, Co Londonderry, wrote down the music after hearing it. This "Londonderry Air" became popular with the Irish immigrants in America, and in 1910, an English lawyer named Frederick Edward Weatherly, wrote the lyrics to the melody.
Weatherly's great-grandson Anthony Mann, wrote a book called Sunshine and in Shadow: The Family Story of Danny Boy, and described the difficulty Frederick had in trying to write a melody for the song. Weatherly's sister-in-law, Margaret Enright, served up an appropriate melody for him when she sang "Londonderry Air" while visiting Frederick in 1912. Weatherly tweaked the music and lyrics and published "Danny Boy" soon after, failing however to credit Margaret's contribution.
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