Bessie The Beauty Of Rossinure Hill waltz

Also known as Bessy The Beauty Of Rossinure Hill.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

Bessie The Beauty Of Rossinure Hill has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Bessie The Beauty Of Rossinure Hill
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B,E|B3cB2| A3Bc2| dF3 E2| D3EF2| G2A2Bc|d2c2BA| {F}E4D2| E4:|
AB|e3~fe2| d4 e2| f2 e2 dc|dB3 AB| e3~fe2|d4 e2| f2e2 dc| d3 BAB|
e3~fe2| d4 e2| f2e2 dc|dB3AF|G2A2Bc|d2c2BA| {F}E4D2| E4:|

Three comments

This setting is basically the same as Gerry O’Connor’s recording on the Journeyman album. One of my students had asked for a setting of the tune that was easier to follow rhythmically, so this is my simplification.

More usually spelled as "Rossinure Hill", this is a great song from county Fermanagh especially as sung by the great Gaby McArdle. It was, and probably still is, very popular with northern musicians as an air. I play it myself. As such, it can be played quite freely, rather than "rhythmically". I truly hope I never hear it played as notated here.

Bessie the Beauty of Rossinure Hill

This song air is often associated with Fermanagh fiddler Mick Hoy. I came across his playing of it broadcast on RTE Radio 1 programme The Rolling Waves a few years ago, and recorded it on a mini disc. Now that the archive page of the programme is defunct, I have uploaded it onto SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/the-roving-bachelor/mick-hoy-bessie-the-beauty-of-rossinure-hill


And thanks to Mr. "Handed Down," we can watch Rev. Gary Hastings playing it on the flute: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFvG49qaBSY


They both play the air in A dorian, not E dorian.

According to Hidden Fermanagh Book, Rossinure Hill lies between Derrygonnelly and Boho Mountain. The book also informs how Gabriel McArdle got the words of the song.