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Updated 03/20/2014


Top o' Cork Road

Despite the Irish-ness of its title, English versions of Top O’ Cork Road in print (1789 & 1781) predate Irish ones (1798). The melody serves as the vehicle for Alfred Percival Graves’ song “Father O’Flynn,” published in 1874 and is also known as Rollicking Irishman, Tis Irish I am, Top of Cork Road, The Top of Cork Road, Top of The Cork Road, The Top of The Cork Road, and Yorkshire Lasses.

The tune was cited as frequently having been played for Orange County, New York, country dances in the 1930's. Perhaps the earliest recording is from 1905 by violinist Charles D’Alamaine, born in 1871 in England, who died in 1943.