Tip of the whistle
Tip of the whistle (Molly St. George)
trad, Paddy Moloney
As played by The Chiftains on Chieftains 4
Attributed to O´Carolan by James Hardiman and to Thomas Conellan by Edward Bunting. This beautiful air was probably in existence before their time. It was sung in Coffe´s "The Beggar´s Wedding" (1792). When Panny Moloney recorded this tune for "The Chieftains 4" he could not remember the name and called it "Tip of the whistle". The tunes real name is actually Molly St. George.
So why don’t you call it "Molly St. George" , with "Tip Of The Whistle" as an alternative title. Wouldn’t that be more logical ?
Almost like a new tune!
Well, it´s a difficult case. Paddy Moloneys version of this tune is so diffrent from the original, that it´s almost lika a new tune. And, there are perhaps a lot of you out there that have only heard Mr. Moloney´s rendition and only know the tune by the name Tip of the whistle. Or people that would like to play the tune close to his rendition.
This has been submitted again. I’ve added some comments under the other submission. Maybe they could be combined and one of the duplicates deleted ?
The original version of Tip of the Whistle - Molly St. George
On popular demand - here is the original version of Tip of the whistle (Molly St. George). As everyone can se it differ quite considerable from Paddy Molony´s rendition.
T:Molly St. George
de/f/ | g2f2e2 | d2 e>d c>B | c2B2 A>G | E4 B>d |
e2g>e d>B | A2B/c/d D2 | G2 B2 A>G | G4 :|| D2 |
G2 A2 B2 | c2B2A>G | c2d2 e>f | g4 ef/g/ |
a2b>a g>f | e2g>f e>d | c2d>c B>d | A4AB |
c2 d2 e>f | g4 f>e | d2 B2 A>G | E4B>d |
e2g>e d>B | A2 B/c/d DD | G2B2A>G | G4 ||
Molly St George
This tune is not "The Tip Of The Whistle" it’s an ancient tune called Molly St George.
Re: Molly St George
This past Saturday we took the tour of Malahide Castle and found this tune on the wall in one of the rooms. We took a picture. Knew we’d heard it somewhere, and sure enough, it’s in the first Bunting collection as Molly St. George. However, it is also in O’Neill’s collection as The Bride of Malahide, a reference to Maud Plunkett ("single, married and widowed all in one day"), whose tomb is in Malahide Abbey. So it appears the alternate title "The Bride of Malahide" would also be appropriate here.