The Munster Cloak waltz

Also known as An Ḟallaigín Ṁuiṁneaċ, An Fhalaigín Mhuimhneach, An Fhallaingin Mhuimhneach, Fallaiġin Muṁan, The Munster Falageen, The Munster March, Spanish Cloak, The Spanish Cloak.

There are 23 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Ferny Hill (a few times).

The Munster Cloak has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Munster Cloak has been added to 287 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Munster Cloak
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 GA BG | A2 AB cA | G2 GA Bd | c2 A2 F2 |!
G2 GA BG | A2 AB cA | d2 defd | c2 A2 F2 :|!
g2- ga gf | d2 g2 a2 | b2 a2 g2 | f2 g2 a2 |!
b2 a2 g2 | f2 de fd | dc Ad cA | A2 G2 G2 :|]!
X: 2
T: The Munster Cloak
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G3 A (3BAG | A2 A>B c>A | G2 G>A B>d | (3cdc (3ABA (3FGF |
G2 G>A B>G | A2 A>B (3cBA | d3 e f>d |1 c2 A2 F2 :|
|: g2 g>a g>f | d2 (3gag a2 | (3bc'b (3aba (3gag | f2 (3gag a2 |
b2 (3aba g>d | f2 d>e f>d | d>c A>d c>A |1 A2 G2 d2 :|
X: 3
T: The Munster Cloak
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 GA BG | A2 AB cA | G2 GA Bd | c2 A2 F2 |G2 GA BG | A2 AB cA | d2 defd | c2 A2 F2 :||
g2- ga gf | d2 g2 a2 | b2 a2 g2 | f2 g2 a2 |b2 a2 g2 | f2 de fd | dc Ad cA | A2 G2 G2 :||
# Added by JACKB .

Twelve comments

This cloak seems to get about a bit

This cloak seems to get about a bit. I’ve seen it come from a few places, including I think Spain

The Munster Cloak

Eamon Butler said that this was one of the oldest Irish mazurkas,and it was originally a Spanish melody.

Time signature?

A small point but the marked time signature doesn’t match the dots. As the tune seems to be a mazurka, it would make more sense to change semiquavers to quavers etc, rather than change the time signature to 3/8. (Is a mazurka just a quickish waltz, or is it more complicated than that?)

See "An Fhallaingin Mhuimhneach" on this website for other comments about this tune. (Time signature and note values correspond "correctly" under the other listing.)

Mazurka I don’t think so, not even a dog of one…

M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: mazurka
K: Gmaj
G3 A (3BAG | A2 A>B c>A | G2 G>A B>d | (3cdc (3ABA (3FGF |
G2 G>A B>G | A2 A>B (3cBA | d3 e f>d |1 c2 A2 F2 :|
2 c2 (3ABA (3def ||
|: g2 g>a g>f | d2 (3gag a2 | (3bc’b (3aba (3gag | f2 (3gag a2 |
b2 (3aba g>d | f2 d>e f>d | d>c A>d c>A |1 A2 G2 d2 :|
2 A2 G2 F2 ||

Nah! - It still feels and sounds like a twist on a slow march…

Focail

Fallaing ar fhallaing ‘sí an fhaillingín Mhuimhneach í.
Fallaing ar fhallaing ‘sí an fhaillingín Mhuimhneach í.

curfá:
Fallaing ar fhallaing ‘sí an fhaillingín Mhuimhneach í.
Fallaing chrua chasta ‘snár chasa sí choich’ orainn.

Fográim an fhallaing,
Is iomaí dath daor uirthi,
Tá dubh agus dearg
glas-uaine ‘gus buí inti.

Dá mbeadh agam an fhallaing
ní thabharfainn don phíobair’ í
Is túisce do chraithfinn
mar easair fé’ chaoirigh í.

Time Signature Issue

As noted by Peter K the dots didn’t match the time signature.
I hope I have fixed this.

Maid on the Mountain

There’s a nice recording of the song Maid on the Mountain, which uses essentially the same tune, on Joe Burke, Michael Cooney, & Terry Corcoran’s Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part (Green Linnet).

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“The Corries” on “Youtube”….

Scottish folk duo "The Corries" recorded a version of this tune on their "Kishmul’s Galley" LP, released in 1968. There were 2 instrumental tracks on it, and they got the titles the wrong way round. This track is listed as "Doran’s Favourite" on the sleeve, and the other as "The Spanish Shawl", which isn’t that far away from "The Spanish Cloak".
I found this clip on "Youtube" after reading a discussion on the "Chiff & Fipple" website. The lady who made the clay figures is married to a very fine accordion player who used to play in sessions in Aberdeen, and her brother works for my brother ! Small world.
Look out for the guest bodhran player in the clip !

http://youtu.be/UgT-8vHCTdk

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Re: The Munster Cloak

A mazurka is a waltz with a little hop in it. You can hear the hop in the tune.