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Thread #161425   Message #3835898
Posted By: Jim Carroll
31-Jan-17 - 07:54 AM
Thread Name: Irish airs/Queen Elizabeth's music-book
Subject: RE: Irish airs/Queen Elizabeth's music-book
Off topic, but this may be of interest

"Hills of Glendore (Ar Éireann Ní Neosfainn Cé hÍ) – Tom Lenihan See also' The Hills of Glendore Pat MacNamara
In Tom Munnelly's collection of Tom Lenihan's songs, 'Mount Callan Garland' the first line is sung as "There's a home by the Great Avonmore" and the Irish 'Ar Éireann Ní Neosfainn Cé hÍ' ("For Ireland I'll not tell who she is") is given as a title.
Tom Munnelly's note reads:
"Known in Scotland as 'Tweedside', this beautiful air is said to have been written by David Rizzio (or Riccio), musician and secretary to Mary Queen of Scots. His affection for the Queen was manifest and the amount of time he spent in her private chamber the source of much speculation. On March 9th 1566 the unfortu¬nate Italian was dragged from the pregnant Queen's side and butchered before her eyes by a number of dagger strokes".
He attributes this conclusion to Irish dance music scholar Breandán Breathnach (Folkmusic and Dances of Ireland, Educational Co. of Ireland, Dublin, 1971).
Pat McNamara's text differs somewhat from Tom's

Tom Lenihan's beautiful rendition of the song can be heard on the Clare County Library website under "Carroll Mackenzie collection of Clare songs"
Jim Carroll