The Londonderry Air.
I recently started working as a caregiver for seniors, and when playing music for one of my clients, I was asked if I knew the “Londonderry Air”. I had never heard of this air, but when they started singing it, it sounded familiar. So as I’m home getting ready to study it, I see that it’s actually “Danny Boy”.
Now, I never learned Danny Boy, because I’ve always heard it’s one of those overplayed/over-requested tunes; And even for my piano repertoire, I’ve always steered clear of music that was known to be overplayed/over-requested, until I came across them naturally. Because of this, I don’t even listen to them until I come across them in the wild; Either by hearing them somewhere, or by someone bringing it to my attention by request.
Well now the time has come for me to learn the “Londonderry Air”. It sounded familiar when my clients started singing it because just several months ago, after all of these years of my playing Irish music, someone finally requested it by it’s other name. Danny Boy. It’s quite the melody. I was thoroughly taken by it.
My question is, does anyone know of any traditional recordings of the tune, especially on Uilleann Pipes, Harp, Concertinas, etc. Or maybe even a folky rendition of the song, rather than all of the “Celtic” style versions I’m finding?