Tune of the Day: Sporting Paddy
One of the earliest appearances of this Dorian-mode melody is, under the title “Rolling on the Ryegrass”, in the mid-19th century music manuscripts of James Goodman (1828–1896), an Irish uilleann piper who collected tunes locally in County Cork and elsewhere in Munster. The reel was later published in O'Neill's Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922) as “Irish Pat”. O'Neill cites the “Pat. Dunne manuscript” as his source for this tune.