Old as the Hills


Jack Coen gave me the name for this jig, which can be found as a two-part tune in A major in the O'Neill's 1001 collection. I first heard the tune played by 'The Man of Many Tunes', Larry Gavin. I also heard a version of it performed by Mr. David Curry and his orchestra in a radio broadcast when I was still living in Ireland. A classical musician, David Curry took traditional tunes in the public domain and arranged them for orchestra. Maine flute player Nicole Rabata and I play David Curry's four-part setting of 'Old as the Hills'. We transposed it to the key of G major, the key that Larry Gavin played it in many years ago.


Séamus Connolly
Boston College Libraries
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Rabata, Nicole (flute) and Connolly, Séamus (fiddle), “Old as the Hills,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed July 14, 2024, https://connollymusiccollection.bc.edu/document/501.