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Friday, June 24, 2011

"Down By The Sally Gardens"

The popular Irish traditional tune "Down By The Sally Gardens" has always been one of my favorites. In 1909 the Irish composer Herbert Hughes (1882-1937) set the verse of the poem Down By The Sally Gardens, by poet William Butler Yeats, to music using an old Irish air titled The Maids of the Mourne Shore. That is the melody we all associate with the modern version of the song. The word "sally" or "salley" is a version of the word "sallow," which is a tree. It is close to the Irish word saileach, which means "willow." So, whether you are down by the sally gardens or the willow gardens, this is a great tune to sing along with. I present my solo piano arrangement.

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