Sunday 13 December 2020
Tune of the Day: Miss Forbes' Return
Traditional Irish tune
This tune appears in Chicago Police officer Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in 1922. O'Neill notes:
“Miss Forbes' Return” as noted by Humphrey Murphy in Sergt. James O'Neill's manuscripts differs not materially from “Miss Forbes' Farewell” as printed in Aird's Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs 1782–97. This strain is no less popular in Ireland than it is with Highland pipers everywhere. It may be claimed that Murphy's variant is more Irish in character than the original.