Monday 15 July 2019
Tune of the Day: The Pigeon On The Gate
Traditional Irish reel
This popular session tune is at least as old as the mid-19th century, for it was entered into the large music manuscript collection of County Cork uilleann piper Canon James Goodman.
In Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922), Francis O'Neill remarks: “Altho' this splendid reel does not appear in the Bunting, Petrie or Joyce Collections, it was pretty generally known to the pipers and fiddlers of Chicago, hailing from the west, and south of Ireland and always by the same name.”