Also known as
Cat’s Got The Measles, The Cat’s Got The Measles, The Devil’s Fling, Jenny’s Frolics, Johnny When You Die, Keel Row, The Keel Row Highland Fling, The Keel Row Highland, The Keel Row, Smiling Polly, Weel May The Keel Row, Well May The World Go, Yorkshire Lad, The Yorkshire Lad.
A lively 18c reel from the Rice-Walsh manuscript and published in Paul Alday’s “A Pocket Volume of Airs,Duets,Songs,Marches”, Dublin 1800.
It is probably a variant of variant of “Well May the Keel Row”, a North of England song tune.
Oops! Delete “of variant” above.
A possible variation is to change the high g# in bars 1, 3, 5 and 7 of the B part to g nat.
I know this one as The Keel Row, a strathspey played in A mix.
This setting is from Dan Herlihy’s 2003 publication of manuscripts given to Padraig O’Keeffe’s pupils (page 40 tune 3). It is listed as a reel. It appears to have a name - Kelró which looks like broken Irish (Gaeilge) for Keel Row. Another title in Irish reads something like “An cicoan cú”, but that is little more a guess. Cú is usually a hound.
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