Though it might bear being played as a waltz this is really an air, which I assume has words. I got it off De Danann’s album "Selected…" (reels, songs, jigs, something like that…)
The Dear Irish Boy
I learned this air from the concertina playing of Niall Vallely. I think he recorded it in Ador, but Edor is obviously nicer for flute.
Can’t believe this is not here but apparently not. Tony MacMahon does a great version of this on the box. It is played as a lament and a very powerful one at that as it combines both the utter senselessness of loss with a lift of hope.
May Morning Dew
It’s a version of The May Morning Dew
There is another version and lyrics:
Eileen Ivers Version
T: Dear Irish Boy, The
|:EF|G2 F3 E|F B3 AF|E2 F3 E|D4 EF|
G2 F2 E2|F B3 AF|F2 FE D2|E4 EF|
G2 F3 E|F B3 AF|E2 F3 E|D4 EF|
G2 A3B|e2 f2 e/d/B/A/|FG3 AB|E2 EF/E/ D2| E4 ||
|:e2 B4 |e2 B3E |Fd3 d2 |F3E D2|
e2 B4|e2 B3A|Be3 fd|e4 ef|
g3 f e2|dB3 AG| Fd3 F2|ED3 EF|
G3A B2|e2 f2 e/d/B/A/ |FG3 AB|E2 EF/E/ D2| E4 EF|
G3A B2|e2 f2 e/d/B/A/ |FG3 AB|E2 EF/E/ D2| E4||
Irish harper Maire Ni Chathasaigh plays this tune (An Buachaillin Ban/The Fair-haired Boy) as a slow air on her (and Chris Newman’s)CD FireWire. Gorgeous!
Here’s a great version of the tune played with Sporting Nell’s by Mick O’Brien:
Brian O hUiginn playing it on the pipes in Amin or dor.
Crawford playing it on a Bb whistle in Fmin or dor, would be A if it was on a D.
Ivers playing it in Dmin or Ddor
Gorgeous version of Dear Irish Boy from Martin Hayes, given an interesting poetry juxtaposition here: