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COOLIN, THE. AKA and see "The Coolun."

COOLIN ROE. AKA and see "Harry Munro."

COOLUN/COOLIN, THE (An Chuilfhionn) AKA- "An Cuilfion Le Atrugad," "An Cuilrionn," "The Coulin," "The Coolin," "Cuilin." AKA and see "In This Calm Sheltered Villa," "Had You Seen My Sweet Coolin," "Oh! Hush the Soft Sigh," "Oh! The Hours I Have Passed," "Though the Last Glimpse of Erin," "The Lady of the Desert." Irish, Slow Air (3/4 time). D Major (Gow): G Major (Ó Canainn, O'Neill/1915 & 1850, Roche): F Major (Joyce). Standard. AB (Joyce, O'Neill/1850, Sullivan): AAB with variations (Roche): AA'B (Ó Canainn): AABB (Gow). "The Queen of Irish Airs" maintains Francis O'Neill (1913). There are many versions of this ancient and celebrated air "of which Bunting's and Moore's are not among the best: they are both wanting in simplicity," states Joyce (1909), who prints the tune as collected by Forde from Hugh O'Beirne (a Munster fiddler from whom a great many tunes were collected). He considers Forde's version "beautiful...(and) probably the original unadulterated melody," and adds that it is similar to the version he heard the old Limerick people sing in his youth during the 1820's. Flood (1906) states it is probable the air dates from the year 1296 or 1297, believing it must have been composed not long after the Statute, 24th of Edward I, in 1295, which forbade those English in Ireland (who were becoming assimilated into the majority Gaelic culture) to affect the Irish hair style by allowing their locks to grow in 'coolins.' The original song, told from a young maiden's point of view, berates those Anglo-Irish who conformed to the edit by cutting their hair, and praises the proud Irishman who remained true to ancestral custom (the Gaelic title "An Chuilfhionn," means 'the fair-haired one'). The Irish Parliament passed another law in 1539 forbidding any male, Irish or Anglo-Irish, from wearing long or flowing locks of hair--this enactment, relates Flood, is the supposed impetus for the claim that Thomas Moore wrote the song and tune of "The Coolin," which was printed by Walker in 1786.
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The tune was played by Irish harper Charles Fanning for the first prize (ten guineas) at a harp festival organized at Grannard in 1781. Fanning, then 56 years old, won a similar contest eleven years later at the Belfast Harp Festival with the same air (Flood, 1906), though Bunting (who was in attendance, recording the tunes played) says he was not the best performer but used modern variations on the tune which was much in vogue with young pianoforte players at the time. It was well known enough to have been mentioned by name by the Belfast Northern Star of July 15th, 1792, as having been one of the tunes played in competition by one of ten Irish harp masters (i.e. by Fanning) at the last great convocation of the ancient harpers, the Belfast Harp Festival, held that week.
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In the alternate title for the tune, "The Lady of the Desert," the word 'Desert' may refer to "Dysert" (though it has the same meaning), a place name in several parts of Ireland, including North Kerry. Bunting's source Hempson claimed to have his version from Cornelius Lyons, a North Kerry musician.
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Sources for notated versions: the Irish collector Edward Bunting noted the tune from the harper "Hempson, at Magilligan in 1796," who learned his set with variations from the famous harper Cornelius Lyons (of the Barony of Clanmaurice) who composed them in 1700 (Lyons, a friend and companion of O'Carolan, had built his reputation as the arranger of variations in a more 'modern' style to old melodies such as this and "Eileen a Roon"); Joyce prints the version collected by Forde from Hugh O'Beirne, a reknowned fiddler from Ballinamore in the mid-19th century; "From Taig MacMahon, as sung in Clare" [Stanford/Petrie]; fiddler James O'Neill (Chicago) [O'Neill]. Carlin (Gow Collection), 1986; No. 537. Gow (Complete Repository), Part 2, 1802; pg. 10. Hime (Pocket Book), c. 1810; pg. 33. Holden (Old Established Tunes), 1806-7; pg. 28. Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Song), 1909; No. 564, pg. 299 (appears as "The Coolin"). Kinloch (100 Airs), c. 1815; No. 25. McFadden (Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), volume V, 1790-7; pg. 29. Mooney (History of Ireland), 1846; pg. 532. Murphy (Irish Airs and Jigs), 1809; pg. 8. Ó Canainn (Traditional Slow Airs), 1995; No. 103, pg. 88. O'Farrell (National Pipe Music), 1797-1800; pg. 33. O'Farrell (Pocket Companion), 1801-10; No. 122. O'Neill (1915 ed.), 1987; No. 46, pg. 30 (with variations). O'Neill (1850), 1979; No. 89, pg. 16 (with nine variations). O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 119, pgs. 168-170. Roche Collection, 1982; Vol. 1, pg. 22, No. 43. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; Nos. 598 & 599, pgs. 150-151. Sullivan (Session Tunes), Vol. 3; No. 40, pg. 17. Walker (Historical Memoirs of the Irish Bards), part X, 1786; pg. 8. Green Linnet SIF 1084, Eugene O'Donnell - "The Foggy Dew" (1988).
T:Coolun
L:1/8
M:3/4
S:Gow - 2nd Repository
K:D
(3ABc|d2 ~d>f (f/e/)d/c/|~d2 A2 (3DFA|d2 (de/f/) {f}e>d|(d2c)z ~d>c|
~(B2 B)c/d/ (e/d/)(c/B/)|A2 (FA)(d>A)|(c/B/)A/G/ F2 E2|D4:|
|:A>G|~F>E(D>E)(FG)|A>^G ABcA|~d>c (de/f/) ed|(d2c2) d>c|
~B2 (B/c/d/c/) (e/d/)(c/B/)|A2 (FA)d>A|(c/B/)(A/G/) F2 E2|D4:|

EILEEN AROON [3] (Eilionoir a Ruin). Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard. One part (Ó Canainn): ABC (O'Sullivan/Bunting). Source for notated version: Bunting noted his version from the harper "Denis Hempson at Magilligan in 1792," who played variation by the famous harper Cornelius Lyons from the turn of the 18th century. Lyons had made a reputation as the arranger of variations to such tunes as this and "The Coolin" in a more 'modern' style. Ó Canainn (Traditional Slow Airs from Ireland), 1995; No. 37, pg. 35. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 123, pg. 175-178.

HAD YOU SEEN MY SWEET COOLIN. AKA and see "The Coolin," "In This Calm Sheltered Villa," "Oh! Hush the Soft Sigh," "Oh! The Hours I Have Passed," "Though the Last Glimpse of Erin."

HARRY MUNRO. AKA and see "Coolin Roe." Irish, Air (3/4 time). D Dorian/A Minor. Standard. One part. "'Irish and very old', remarks MacDowell in his MS." (Joyce). Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Songs), 1909; No. 538, pg. 288.

IN THIS CALM SHELTERED VILLA. AKA and see "The Coolin," "Had You Seen My Sweet Coolin," "Oh! Hush the Soft Sigh," "Oh! The Hours I Have Passed," "Though the Last Glimpse of Erin."

MISS HAMILTON [1] (Ingean Uí Amiltuin). Irish, March (4/4 time). G Major. Standard. AB (O'Neill): AABB (O'Sullivan/Bunting). The Irish collector Edward Bunting maintained this piece was composed by one of the last of the ancient Irish harpers, Cornelius Lyons, harper to the Earl of Antrim, in 1706. Lyons was a contemporary of and friend and companion to the famous harper Turlough O'Carolan. O'Neill (1913) reports that this is the only one of Lyons' compositions to survive, but that he was famous as an arranger of variations in more 'modern' style to such airs as "Eileen a Roon" and "The Coolin." He did not know of the Miss Hamilton of the title, but speculated she was a member of the Killeagh family. Bunting also told this story about Lyons and his patron:
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His lordship was both a wit and a poet, and delighted in equality
where vulgarity was not too gross. At one time he and Lyons,
when in London, went to the house of a famous Irish harper
named Heffernan, who kept a tavern there; but beforehand they
formed the following plan. 'I will call you Cousin Burke,' said his
lordship. 'You may call me either Cousin Randall or My Lord, as
you please.' After regailing for some time, Heffernan was called up,
who was by this time well aware of the dignity of his host from the
conversation and livery of his lordship's servants. When Heffernan
came into the room he was desired to bring his harp and sit down,
which he did, and played a good many tunes in grand style. His
lordship then called upon his cousin Burke to play a tune. The
supposed cousin, after many apologies, at length took the harp
and played some of his best airs. Heffernan, after listening a little
while, started up and exclaimed, 'My lord, you may call him Cousin
Burke, or what cousin you please, but 'dar Dhia' [by God]
he plays upon Lyons's fingers.' What is very extraordinary,
Heffernan had never seen Lyons before. His lordship then retired,
leaving the minstrels to indulge in Bacchanalian rivalry.
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O'Sullivan finds a variant to the tune, called "The Blossom of the Raspberry" (with added sections), in Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion, volume IV, pg. 17. Source for notated version: the index to Bunting's 1840 edition gives the tune noted from Patrick Linden the harper in 1802; his MS, however, lists Hugh Higgins, harper, as the source. O'Neill (1850), 1979; No. 1830, pg. 344. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 107, pgs. 153-155.
T:Miss Hamilton
B:O'Neill's Music of Ireland, no. 1830
Z:Transcribed by Philippe Varlet
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
B2d2 (cBAG)|d>c (B/c/d) {E}D2 Dz|(C/D/E) DC B,DGD|{D}CB,{B,}CG, A,2 A,z|
Bd{d}cB {B}AGAF|GBAG {EF}E(DE)G|dBAG (EF/G/) (DC)|B,2 A,2 G,4||
(de)d.c. {cd}cB {AB}AG|(de)d.c. {cd}cB {AB}AG|(Bdgd) (edcB)|(cBAG) A2 Az|
(B/c/d) (cB) (AG)AF|{A}G/F/G/A/ BG {EF}E(D/E/) G2|dBAG (EF/G/) DC|B,2 A,2 G,4||

OH! HUSH THE SOFT SIGH. AKA and see "Coolin," "In This Calm Sheltered Villa," "Oh! The Hours I Have Passed," "Though the Last Glimpse of Erin," "Had You Seen My Sweet Coolin."

OH! THE HOURS I HAVE PASSED. AKA and see "Coolin," "Though the Last Glimpse of Erin," "Oh! Hush the Soft Sigh," "Had You Seen My Sweet Coolin," "In This Calm Sheltered Villa."

OLD COOLIN, THE (An t-Sean Chuilfhionn). Irish, Air.
T:An t-Sean Chuilfhionn
T:The Old Coolin
M:3/4
L:1/8
Q:65
S:Eugene O'Donnell, Augusta 1993
R:Air
D:O'Donnell & MacCafferty "The Foggy Dew"
K:D
FG|A2 d2 de|f2 d2 FG|A2 AB AG|F2 D2 FG|
A2 d2 de|f2 d2 AF|B2 Bd cB|A2 A2 FG|
A2 A2 AB1/2c1/2|d3 e fd|A2 AB AG|FE D2 FG|
A2 f2 ef|de f2 FA|G3 F E>F|D2 D2||

THOUGH THE LAST GLIMPSE OF ERIN. AKA and see "Coolin," "In This Calm Sheltered Villa," "Had You Seen My Sweet Coolin," "Oh! Hush the Soft Sigh," "Oh! The Hours I Have Passed."


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