The Shamrock strathspey

Also known as The Shamrock Highland Fling, The Shamrock Highland.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Shamrock has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Shamrock
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|: (3FGA | d>cA>B c>B (3cBA | G>E (3EEE c>EG>c | (3ddc AB c2- c>A | G>Ec<E D2 :|
|: F>G | A>d (3ddd A>d (3fed | c>de>f g2 (3fed |1 A>d (3dd^c d>fe>d |
e>dc>B c>A :|2 a>fg>e (3fed e>c | A<dd>^c d2 ||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Shamrock
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|: dcAB cBcA | GEGA c4 | dcAB cBcA | GEcE D2 D2 :|
Dddd dfed | cde^f gefd | Addd defd | edcB A2 A2 |
Ad ~d2 Ad ~d2 | cde^f g2 fg | A^fge =fdec | Addc d4 ||
ABC
X: 3
T: The Shamrock
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|: FA | dcAB cBcA | GEGA c2 Ac | dcAB c2 cA | GEcE D2 :|
|: FG | Addc dfed | cde^f ge=fd | Addc d2 fd | edcB A2 GE |
Dd d/d/d Ad d/d/d | cde^f g2 =fg | a2 ge f2 ec | Addc d2 ||
ABC

Three comments

“The Shamrock” ~ two more sprigs, as promised: highland fling & single reel

This is very familiar, with at least one or two other melodies that I suspect are already on site, but I haven’t yet found them ~ too many chores to do today. I suspect that slainte, Dow or one or two others on site will know them, will have a better working memory than I do, and can add the links here. The other things that come to mind are coming out of the shadows in different keys and modes. There are a few coming to the fingers that are damned close to this.

A version of this, also D Dorian, is to be found in the Joyce collection, "Old Irish Folk Music and Songs", 1909, but with only a few differences from the second take, the single reel. It is also a single reel:

K: D Dorian
|: dcAB cBcA | GEGA c4 | dcAB cBcA | GEcE D2 D2 :|
Dddd dfed | cde^f gefd | Addd defd | edcB A2 A2 |
Ad ~d2 Ad ~d2 | cde^f g2 fg | A^fge =fdec | Addc d4 ||

Courtesy of "The Fiddler’s Companion"

“The Shamrock” ~ the single reel was deleted from the original transcript:

R: Single Reel
K: D Dorian
|: FA | dcAB cBcA | GEGA c2 Ac | dcAB c2 cA | GEcE D2 :|
|: FG | Addc dfed | cde^f ge=fd | Addc d2 fd | edcB A2 GE |
Dd d/d/d Ad d/d/d | cde^f g2 =fg | a2 ge f2 ec | Addc d2 ||