Tha Fionnlaigh Ag Innearach reel

Also known as Finlay Is Spreading Manure.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Tha Fionnlaigh Ag Innearach has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

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X: 1
T: Tha Fionnlaigh Ag Innearach
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
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|:a|eA ~A2 BAAe|ABBA GGGB|deed Bccc|BBcd eAA:|
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X: 2
T: Tha Fionnlaigh Ag Innearach
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
B2 BB cBBB|c2 cB AAAA|f2 fe d2 dd|1 c2 cc BBBB:|2 c2 cc BB f2||
f2 ff ffff|eeee ff f2|f2 e2 dd- d2|ccee ff f2:|

Five comments

Tha Fionnlaigh Ag Innearach

A simple but very catchy Scottish tune from the Battlefield Bands "Dookin’" album. The name translates as "Finlay Spreading Manure". Seems like quite a happy tune for that title.

Maybe the composer didn’t like Finlay. 🙂

Reel of Tulloch

The title is from the puirt-a-beul. Julie Fowlis includes it in a set on her album Cuilidh.

In the liner notes Dr Angus MacDonald’s "Maidean Dubh’ an Donais" he says he takes his setting of the Reel of Tulloch from this puirt-a-beul.

Tha Fionnlaigh Ag Innearach (Gaelic + English Lyrics)

Alistair, I really am starting to think you’re right, what with the composer creating such a jovial tune about a man who was nearly killed with a load of corn… 😳

Here are the lyrics in English and Gaelic.

Source: www.celticlyricscorner.net

English ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Gàidhlig

Tha Fionnlagh ag innearadh ~~~ Finlay is spreading manure
Tha Fionnlagh ag innearadh ~~~ Finlay is spreading manure
Tha Fionnlagh ‘s a mhàthair ~~~ Finlay and his mother
A’ ràcadh na h-innearach ~~~ Are raking the manure
Tha Fionnlagh ag innearadh ~~~ Finlay is spreading manure
Tha Fionnlagh ag innearadh ~~~ Finlay is spreading manure
Tha Fionnlagh ‘s a mhàthair ~~~ Finlay and his mother
A’ ràcadh na h-innearach ~~~ Are raking the manure

Theab Màiri a mharbhadh ~~~ Mary nearly killed him
A mharbhadh, a mharbhadh ~~~ Killed him, killed him
Theab Màiri a mharbhadh ~~~ Mary nearly killed him
Fon an eallach arbhair ~~~ With the load of corn
Theab Màiri a mharbhadh ~~~ Mary nearly killed him
A mharbhadh, a mharbhadh ~~~ Killed him, killed him
Theab Màiri a mharbhadh ~~~ Mary nearly killed him
Fon an eallach arbhair ~~~ With the load of corn

Tha Fionnlagh ag innearadh ~~~ Finlay is spreading manure
Tha Fionnlagh ag innearadh ~~~ Finlay is spreading manure
Tha Fionnlagh le bhriogais odhar ~~~ Finlay with his dun-colored trousers
A’ cur fodh’ na h-innearach ~~~ Is digging in the manure
Tha Fionnlagh ag innearadh ~~~ Finlay is spreading manure
Tha Fionnlagh ag innearadh ~~~ Finlay is spreading manure
Tha Fionnlagh le bhriogais odhar ~~~ Finlay with his dun-colored trousers
A’ cur fodh’ na h-innearach ~~~ Is digging in the manure