I had been chasing up anything I could find on “O Neilí, O Neilí”/“Oh Nelly, Nelly” - https://thesession.org/tunes/7386 - seeking lyrics and any history, and I’m still looking, but then I stumbled across this collection, and the memories flowed. This schottische is an old favourite.
Here’s a little bit from the opening page to this collection:
Pull Up a Chair and Play Along
You have in your hands Evergreen Folkway’s attempt to give a little direction to the chaos of our monthly dance in Vancouver. The format is open-ended (a 3-ring loose leaf binder) so we can continually add new music to the common repertoire. Be sure to suggest tunes for inclusion in the future; this is, by no means, a complete catalogue of the music played at our dance.
This book is not for sale. If you want a copy come and sit in with the band at one of our dances; not only will you get a book, you will get into the dance for free. Whether you are a beginner, half-baked (like most of us), or an experienced musician, we sincerely invite you to come and join the fun. Please feel free to copy any part of all of the book. Our practice sessions are open to any interested person. Bring your own tunes or come and learn ours. Our phone is: ~ . Write us: Evergreen Folkways ~ …
The music was learned from live people, semi-live records and tapes, and un-live books. - We transcribed the tunes and selected the chords. -
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A bibliography of printed sources followed. Also included was guidance for accompaniment and playing for dance, and an index to the tunes. From the above, “records and tapes”, this publication was likely pre-CDs…