Gem of Ireland
Mmm, Gem of Cape Breton more like……
Yes, it is in ‘Coles’ (Ryan’s Mammouth)1000 Fiddle Tunes as The Gem of Ireland. Some Cape Bretoner’s have credited Dan R MacDonald for the tune but because it’s in (with a few slight differences) a 19th century collection it cancels that possibility out.
In O’Neill’s too
Compare this setting with
Cape Breton version
I feel that even though the Cape Breton version ‘Homeward Bound’ is not that dissimilar from the ‘Gem of Ireland’, it certainly has become a unique tune in it’s own right. As a fiddle tune, the syncopated bowing style that can be used, makes it quite different.