Return From Fingal hornpipe

Also known as An Turas Abhaile A’ Fhine Gall, Fingal March, The Fingal March, Fingal’s March, The Return From Fingal, Return To Fingal, Return To Fingall.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

Return From Fingal has been added to 258 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Return From Fingal
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:B2GF EFGA|B2GF E4|AGFA d2A2|B2A2 Bcd2|
B2GF EFGA|B2GF E4|AGFA d2AG|F2E2 E4:|
|:f2e2 e2dc|B2A2 d2A2|B2A2 d2A2|B2A2 Bcde|
f2e2 e2dc|B2A2 d2A2|AGFA d2AG|F2E2 E4:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Return From Fingal
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: {ABc}BAGF EFGA | {c}BAGF E4 | AGFA d2 A2 | {Bc}B2 A2 B^c d2 |
{Bc}BAGF EFGA | {Bc}BAGF E4 | AGFA d2{ed} A2 | F2 E2 {F}E4 :|
f2{gf} e2 e2 d^c | B2{^cB} A2 d3 A | B2{^cB} A2 d2 A2 | B2{^cB} A2 B^cde |
f2{gf} e2 e2 d^c | B2{^cB} A2 d3 B | AGFA d2{ed} A2 |[1 F2{GF} E2 E2 g2 :|[2 F2{GF} E2 E4 |]
ABC
X: 3
T: Return From Fingal
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BG/F/ E/F/G/A/ | BG/F/ E2 | A/G/F/A/ dA | BA B/c/d/e/ |
BG/F/ E/F/G/A/ | BG/F/ E2 | A/G/F/A/ dA | FE E2 ||
fe ed/c/ | BA dA | BA dA | BA B/c/d/e/ |
fe ed/c/ | BA d2 | A/G/F/A/ dG | FE E2 |]
B2 GF EFGA | B2 GF E4 | AGFA d2 A2 | B2 A2 Bcde |
B2 GF EFGA | B2 GF E4 | AGFA d2 A2 |F2 E2 E4 ||
f2 e2 e2 dc | B2 A2 d2 A2 |B2 A2 d2 A2 | B2 A2 Bcde |
f2 e2 e2 dc | B2 A2 d4 | AGFA d2 G2 | F2 E2 E4 |]
ABC
X: 4
T: Return From Fingal
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B/A/G/F/ E/F/G/A/|B/A/G/F/ EE|A/G/F/A/ dA|BA B/c/d|
B/A/G/F/ E/F/G/A/|B/A/G/F/ EE|A/G/F/A/ dA|FE E2:|
!|:fe ed/c/|BA d>A|BA dA|BA B/c/d/e/|
fe ed/c/|BA d>A|B/A/F/A/ dA|FE E2:|
ABC

Eleven comments

Return from Fingal: A Pipe March

Please note this is not a hornpipe but a march.
I fell in love with this tune, listening to the Lunasa’s recording.
I’m always wondering why a great tune is sometimes so simple.
Does anyone know the origin of the tune?

According to the mandolincafe tab notes, this tune is supposed to have been played by Brian Boru’s troops on their return from the
battle of Clontarf (see http://www.mandolincafe.com/tab/fingal.txt)

After believing they had driven back the Viking Brodir of Man, Brian’s forces retreated and settled in. Unfortunately, it was a trick, Brodir had merely retreated his ships out of sight, to attack again on Good Friday, April 23, 1014. Brian’s forces won the ensuing battle but at heavy cost, and it was to be his last victory and the end of his campaign to unite Ireland: Irish losses were least 1,600, and perhaps as high as 4,000 … including king Brian.

http://www.doyle.com.au/battleclontarf.htm

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*cough* The Corrs do a lovely version.

The Lunasa version is very nice but I recently heard a Seamus Ennis version and also a fabulous Pierre Bensusan finger picked guitar version , both of which illustrate that the tune is a march for sure! The Lunasa sounds very tame in comparison.

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According to clannamore.com, this tune was written about 1014 as a final tribute to the greatest king-Brian Boru—Ireland ever knew. He is credited with defeating the Vikings by organizing the princes of several kingdoms.

“Return From Fingal” ~ rescued duplication

Key signature: e minor
Submitted on March 23rd 2008 by D.J.F..
~ /tunes/8375

X: 2
T: Return From Fingal
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: Emin
|: {ABc}BAGF EFGA | {c}BAGF E4 | AGFA d2 A2 | {Bc}B2 A2 B^c d2 |
{Bc}BAGF EFGA | {Bc}BAGF E4 | AGFA d2{ed} A2 | F2 E2 {F}E4 :|
f2{gf} e2 e2 d^c | B2{^cB} A2 d3 A | B2{^cB} A2 d2 A2 | B2{^cB} A2 B^cde |
f2{gf} e2 e2 d^c | B2{^cB} A2 d3 B | AGFA d2{ed} A2 |[1 F2{GF} E2 E2 g2 :|[2 F2{GF} E2 E4 |]

Found this in "The Fiddler’s Fakebook" as "Battle Or Aughrim"… I sorta play it as a slowish march almost…but each to their own a guess! I hope it isn’t a duplicate! every tune i’ve searched on this database called Battle Of Aughrim is different to this!

# Posted on March 23rd 2008 by D.J.F.

Duplicated ~ This is not "The Battle of Aughrim" but "Return from Fingal"…

# Posted on March 23rd 2008 by slainte

Roche III, page 82, tune #216 ~ “Fingal March”

"The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music, Volume III", 1927

Marches ~ pages 77 - 82

X: 216
T: Fingal March
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: Edor
BG/F/ E/F/G/A/ | BG/F/ E2 | A/G/F/A/ dA | BA B/c/d/e/ |
BG/F/ E/F/G/A/ | BG/F/ E2 | A/G/F/A/ dA | FE E2 ||
fe ed/c/ | BA dA | BA dA | BA B/c/d/e/ |
fe ed/c/ | BA d2 | A/G/F/A/ dG | FE E2 |]

~ for comparison with the root 4/4 transcript ~

X: 216
T: Fingal March
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: Edor
B2 GF EFGA | B2 GF E4 | AGFA d2 A2 | B2 A2 Bcde |
B2 GF EFGA | B2 GF E4 | AGFA d2 A2 |F2 E2 E4 ||
f2 e2 e2 dc | B2 A2 d2 A2 |B2 A2 d2 A2 | B2 A2 Bcde |
f2 e2 e2 dc | B2 A2 d4 | AGFA d2 G2 | F2 E2 E4 |]

Seamus Ennis

Plays a great version of this in Ador on his C# set. Lovely display of the use of shakes.

Gan Ainm

From "Micamac" by Korrigans you find a title "Two Irish tunes", the 1st is "The last rose of summer" and the 2nd is this Gan Ainm.