Betty MacNeill

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 Composer/Core Source    Turlough O'Carolan
 Region    Ireland
 Genre/Style    Irish
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    A
 Accidental    NONE
 Mode    Aeolian (minor)
 Time signature    4/4
 Structure    AB
 Editor/Compiler    Donal O'Sullivan
 Book/Manuscript title    Carolan: The Life Times and Music of an Irish Harper
 Tune and/or Page number    No. 91, p. 150
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1958
 Title of recording    
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BETTY MACNEILL. Irish, Planxty (cut time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Composed by Turlough O'Carolan (1670-1738). O'Sullivan (1958) records that Betty was the daughter of Captain MacNeill of Ballymascanlon, a few miles north-east of Dundalk, County Louth (for whom O'Carolan also wrote a tune, according to collector Edward Bunting, although now lost). O'Sullivan believes it possible that the harper stayed with the MacNeill's on the occasion of his visit to Louth to meet the poet Séamus Mac Cuarta (who also wrote a poem in praise of Betty).

Printed sources: Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 91, pg. 72. O'Sullivan (Carolan: The Life, Times and Music of an Irish Harper), 1958; No. 91, p. 150.