Dónal’s Daily Tunes

During the Covid-19 pandemic, club vice-captain Dónal has been keeping our spirits up by posting a daily tune on Facebook. (He’s also showcasing his seemingly endless collection of rowing-related T-shirts!)

Tune of the Day number 72: Rathlin Island/Sporting Paddy

[Video to come]

Tune of the Day number 71: Cooley’s

Tune of the Day number 70: Garret Barry’s. “Well Day 70, this is going on for longer than I expected.”

Tune of the Day number 69: Paddy Clancy’s

Tune of the Day number 68: The Blarney Pilgrim

Tune of the Day number 67: Si Beag Si Mór. “This is another Turlough O’Carolan tune from late 1600s or early 1700s. Sí means Fairy so the translation is Little Fairy, Big Fairy. However it is thought that Sí is derived from the Medieval Irish Síod meaning Fairy Hill. This makes it Little Fairy Hill Big Fairy Hill.”

Tune of the Day number 66: The Tar Road to Sligo

Tune of the Day number 65: The Monaghan Jig

Tune of the Day number 64: The Fáilte Reel

Tune of the Day number 63: The Frost is All Over

Tune of the Day number 62: Tom Friel’s

Tune of the Day number 61: Tommy McMahon’s

Tune of the Day number 60: Old Maids of Galway

Tune of the Day number 59: The Luck Penny Jig

Tune of the Day number 58: The Ships in Full Sail

Tune of the Day number 57: Coleman’s Cross

Tune of the Day number 56: The Cook in the Kitchen

Tune of the Day number 55: An Tiocfaidh tú abhaile liom (Will you come home with me)

Tune of the Day number 54: Out on the Ocean

Tune of the Day number 53: The Fairy Dance. “This is taken from the Scottish Tradition and was composed for the Fife Hunt Ball of 1802. It was then collected by Nathaniel Gow in 1809.”

Tune of the Day number 52: The Trip to the Cottage

Tune of the Day number 51: The Stack of Wheat

Tune of the Day number 50: O’Neill’s Cavalcade

Tune of the Day number 49: The Gander in the Pratie Hole

Tune of the Day number 48: An Staicín Eorna

Tune of the Day number 47: The Shores of Lough Gowna

Tune of the Day number 46: The Shepherd’s Daughter

Tune of the Day number 45: The Kid on the Mountain

Tune of the Day number 44: The Bluebell Polka. “A Scottish tune by the legend that was Jimmy Shand. To go with my Bluebells from yesterday.” Peter added this comment: “Watched a documentary many years ago with accordianist and musician Phil Cunningham (who lives around here by the way). He was meeting with his hero Jimmy Shand in Jimmy’s back garden. Phil spoke about the ‘Bluebell Polka’ and said to Jimmy,’I’m never sure what style to play it’. Says Jimmy, ‘Jist you play it the way I wrote it son and ye’ll no gaun far wrong’.”

Tune of the Day number 43: The Humours of Tulla

Tune of the Day number 42: O’Connell’s Trip to Parliament

Tune of the Day number 41: Gan Aimn. “One of the most common names to an Irish tune. It means ‘no name’.”

Tune of the Day number 40: O’Carolan’s Concerto. “Dating from the late 1600s or early 1700s this tune was written by Turlough O’Carolan as a result of a challenge. Italian Musician Francesco Geminlani said that O’Carolan couldn’t write music in the European style, so O’Carolan came up with this.”

Tune of the Day number 39: Fiddlers Fancy

Tune of the Day number 38: The Highland Reel 

Tune of the Day number 37: John Brennan’s Reel 

Tune of the Day number 36: The Maid Behind the Bar 

Tune of the Day number 35:   The Mist Covered Mountain. “A new rowing-related T-shirt.”

Tune of the Day number 34:  The Sailor on the Rock 

Tune of the Day number 33: The Mountain Top 

Tune of the Day number 32: The Cow That Ate The Blanket. “Another in the list of strange names for a tune.”

Tune of the Day number 31: The Lilting Fisherman. “Such a glorious day I decided to take it outdoors.”

Tune of the Day number 30: Dan O’Keefe’s Slide

Tune of the Day number 29: Cronin’s Hornpipe

Tune of the Day number 28: The Bucks of Oranmore. “A month in I thought I’d bring out one of my favourite tunes.”

Tune of the Day number 27:  St Patrick’s Day. “Short and sweet.”

Tune of the Day number 26: Tobin’s Jig. “Quarantine Haircut 😊😊”

Tune of the Day number 25: Báidín Fheilimí  –  “A nice sedate tune about a man called Phelim and his little boat. Unfortunately it didn’t end well, as on his way to Toraigh Island his boat sank.”

Tune of the Day number 24: The Copper Plate No. 1 

Tune of the Day number 23: The Foggy Dew

Tune of the Day number 22: Easter Sunday (Jig)

Tune of the Day number 21: Banish Misfortune

Tune of the Day number 20: Inis Oírr – “I learnt this tune from a Latvian Lady in Galway in the 1990s.”

Tune of the Day number 19: The Mug of Brown Ale 

Tune of the Day number 18: Donnybrook Fair

Tune of the Day number 17: Dingle Regatta 

Tunes of the Day number 16: The Miller of Glanmire /The Kesh Jig 

Tunes of the Day number 15: Humours of Glendart /Connacht Man’s Rambles. “Yesterday it was pointed out to me that I played Tripping up the Stairs so here is the Tune I meant to play”

Tunes of the Day Number 14: The Blackthorn Stick/Tripping up the Stairs

Tune of the Day Number 13: Leitrim Jig/Saddle the Pony

Tune of the Day Number 12: Merrily Kiss the Quaker’s Wife

Tunes of the Day Number 11: Kerry Polka/Ryan’s Polka

Tune of the Day Number 10: The Butterfly

Tune of the Day Number 9: Munster Buttermilk – “This is a short one”

Tune of the Day number 8: Tabhair dom do Lámh (Give me your hand). “This tune was written by a Musician by the name of Ruairi Dáll Ó’Catháin (1570-1650). It is as if this tune has been asked to be played today as all I’ve heard on the Radio this morning is this tune and Planxty who made it famous.”

 

Tune of the Day Number 7: Over the Moor to Maggie 

Tune of the Day number 6: Fanny Power – “This tune was written in the early 1700s by the Great Irish Harpist Turlough O’Carolan for the daughter of his benefactors, her name was Frances Power”

Tune of the Day number 5: Sally Gardens 

Tune of the Day number 4: Dunmore Lassies 

Tune of the Day number 3: “Today’s Tune of the Day by the request of Stevie is Rocky Road to Dublin.”

Tune of the Day number 2:  The Rights of Man

Tune of the Day number 1: “I have decided to play a tune a day during this crisis to raise spirits. Today’s tune is King of the Fairies.”