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Jimmy McCurry (1830–1910)[1], also known as Blind Jimmy McCurry or the Blind Fiddler from Myroe, was a blind Irish fiddler, singer and songwriter from Myroe in County Londonderry.

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RepertoireEdit

None of his songs was transcribed or recorded in his lifetime, but three were published by Sam Henry in the Northern Constitution in the 1920s.[2] These and several other songs survived in the repertoires of later local singers and were recorded on tape between 1954 and 1975 by Hugh Shields, recordings now held by the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum.[3]

The Londonderry AirEdit

Local tradition now identifies Jimmy as the musician whose performance in Limavady of the Londonderry Air, the melody of Danny Boy, was heard and transcribed by Jane Ross in 1851.[1] However, this tradition is first mentioned by Sam Henry, well after Jimmy's death, and has been called into question.[4][5]

SongsEdit

  • "Ballycarton Ball"
  • "Killyclare (The Maid of Carrowclare)"
  • "Coleraine Regatta"
  • "The Myroe Ploughing Match"
  • "Sarah Jane"
  • "The Star of Moville"

Sam Henry mentions a further song, now lost, which "included the names of no less than twenty-five William Moores, all presbyterians resident in Myroe."[6]

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SourcesEdit

  • Hunter, Jim (n.d.). "The story of Danny Boy". Ulster Ancestry. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  • Hunter, Jim (1997). The Blind Fiddler from Myroe. University of Ulster.
  • McCourt, Malachy (2013). Danny Boy: The Legend Of The Beloved Irish Ballad. Philadelphia: Running Press. ISBN 978-0-7624-5500-3.
  • Shields, Hugh (1979). "New dates for old songs, 1766–1803". Long Room. 18–19: 41.

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