- Paperback: 173 pages
- Publisher: Waltons Publishing; New ed of 1907 ed edition (Dec. 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1857200276
- ISBN-13: 978-1857200270
- Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.1 x 29.2 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 348,411 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
O'Neill's 1001 Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Airs and Marches (Irish Music Collection) Paperback – 1 Dec 1998
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Top Customer Reviews
One day the Grehan Sisters came to our local folk club, and I asked them if there were any book of such tunes that I might buy: they told me of O'Neill's, and gave me the address of the publishers, Walton's Musical Galleries, to whom I wrote the next day.
When the book arrived I felt like Aladdin. There are literally 1001 dance tunes here, comprising:
365 double jigs
045 single jigs
045 slip jigs
030 long dances & set dances
Francis O'Neill (1848-1936), born in County Cork, was Police Chief in Chicago. He seems to have been a good Chief, for he was re-appointed twice; but it is for his assiduous collections of Irish music that he's remembered today.
In an interview on Andy Irvine's website, Liam O'Flynn refers to O'Neill's as "the bible", and this seems to be the consensus, although other good collections have appeared (notably Brendán Breathnac's).
All is not perfect, however: Francis O'Neill was musically illiterate, and relied on his (unrelated) friend James O'Neill for notating the tunes. Unfortunately James was classically trained, and this seems to have made him blind to the modal nature of many of the tunes, so that key signatures are wrong and essential accidentals are missing.
A good example is Chief O'Neill's Favorite, where the Fs and Cs in the first two bars of the B part should be natural; leaving them sharp destroys the whole character of the piece.Read more ›
Denis Liddy, Co.Clare
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Fantastic book, doubt I'll ever learn them all but I've found some really nice ones already. It would be nice if it had guitar chords too though.Published on 5 Mar. 2014 by beckalina