This tune is related to The Bloom Of Youth, https://thesession.org/tunes/1119. The version shown is from O’Neill’s where it appears as #1359 (1850) or #613 (1001). tunearch.org says that O’Neill got the tune from a fiddler named John McFadden, and adds the following:
"Chicago fiddler John McFadden, originally from Carrowmore, near Westport, County Mayo, was known to O’Neill by reputation, and first heard by him when he played at the wedding of a friend in 1897. McFadden was, at the time, in his late 40’s. O’Neill was impressed with his playing, but struck by the stiffness of his bow hand, and the fact that he only used the first half of the bow. McFadden was also an ‘ear’ player, and could not write or read music, but nevertheless composed many tunes. He was also an ‘incorrigible practical joker’, who managed to stay on the payroll of the City of Chicago through both Democratic and Republican administrations [see O’Neill, Irish Minstrels and Musicians, 1913, pp. 395-396]."
Doctor Taylor AKA
According to the Traditional Tune Archive, this tune is also knows as An Doctur Tailiur, The Bloom of Youth, Tansey’s Favourite, The Downshire Reel, Gardiner’s Favourite, Dr. Taylor’s Favourite, The Highland Lament, The Highland Bonnet.
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