Tune of the Day: O'Connell's Lamentation
This air appears in Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in Chicago in 1922. O'Neill writes:
Comparing very favorably with compositions of this class, “O'Connell's Lamentation” is presented as the production of two members of the once famous Irish Music Club of Chicago which flourished in the early years of the twentieth century. The first and second parts were outlined by John McFadden, an untutored fiddler of fertile fancy and dexterous execution. The third part as well as the whole arrangement is the work of Sergt. James O'Neill, the club's worthy scribe.