Sheet Music: Shandon Bells

TitleShandon Bells
Alternate titlesPunch for the Ladies
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
RangeD4–A5
Time signature6/8
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2021-07-17
Last updated2021-07-17
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 35.5 (extremely popular)
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Jigs, Traditional/Folk

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Saturday 17 July 2021

Tune of the Day: Shandon Bells

Traditional Irish jig

The earliest known appearance of this tune in print is in Francis O'Neill's collection Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies, published in Chicago in 1903.

The tune is named after a bell tower in the city of Cork, Ireland. According to O'Neill, “No double jig ever introduced in Chicago met with such immediate popularity among musicians and dancers as Shandon Bells.” It seems that his source for the tune, fiddler Edward Cronin, had no title for it, so O'Neill came up with an original one.