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The Arran Boat (Edor)

“The Arran Boat” is in waltz time  here (3/4), but it might be notated differently elsewhere.  Played best as a slow air or waltz, depending on who’s playing it, it is an old traditional Scottish tune named for the isle of Arran, the largest island in the Firth of Clyde, Scotland.   The isle of […]

Sí Beag Sí Mhór (D)

The title of this air, “Sí Beag, Sí Mór,” is sometimes incorrectly written “Sheebag, Sheemore,” “Si Bheag, Si Mor,” and other variations.  It is also given other titles I’ll not offer here.  The “Sí” in the Irish title designates a “fairy hill” or “fairy mound,” some magical swelling.  The word “beag” means “little” and “mhor” […]

Méiltí Cheann Dubhrann (Am)

“Méiltí Cheann Dubhrann” is an air.  The English translation is, as best as I can figure, “Cerulean Head Dunes.”  This is based on the following: “Méile” means “sandy dune” and “Méilti” is the plural; “Ceann Dubhrann” is a place name, “Ceann” means “head” as in a narrow peninsula jutting out to the sea; and “dubh” means […]