An Draigheann waltz

Also known as The Blackthorn.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

An Draigheann has been added to 23 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: An Draigheann
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2|:G2E F2E| E3 D2F |E2E E3-|E3-EAA|
G2E F2E| E3-EA,B,| C2B, A,2A,| A,6:|
zEE G2A |B3 d2B |c2d B2c|A>GE F2E| E6|
zEE G2A |B3 d2B |c>dc e2f |e6 |
zEE G2A |B3 d2B |c2d B2c| A>GE F2E |E6 |
zAA G2E|F2E E3-|EA,B, C2B,|A,2A, A,6||
X: 2
T: An Draigheann
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dd cA |B2 A2| G2 BA| A2 A2|
dd cA|B2 A2|DE F2|ED D2:||
A|c2 d2 |e2 ge |fg ed|c>A BA| A2 A2|
c2 d2 |e2 ge |f>g ab |a2 A2 |
c2 d2 |e2 ge |fg ed| c>A BA |A2 A2 |
|:dd cA |B2 A2|DE FG|ED D2||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: An Draigheann
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2|:c2A B2A| A3 G2B |A2A A3-|A3-Add|
c2A B2A| A3-ADE| F2E D2D| D6:|
zAA c2d |e3 g2e |f2g e2f|d>cA B2A| A6|
zAA c2d |e3 g2e |f>gf a2b |a6 |
zAA c2d |e3 g2e |f2g e2f| d>cA B2A |A6 |
zdd c2A|B2A A3-|ADE F2E|D2D D6||

Four comments

Slow Air

Of course it’s not a waltz but a slow air.
I picked up this tune from Grainne Hambly’s album "Golden Lights and Green Shadows". In this transcription I tried to be as logical as possible about musical feeling. Of course there are many ways to write a slow air…
According to Grainne : "This air was composed by Peadar Ó Riada, son of the late Seán Ó Riada. It has been recorded by Noel Hill on The Irish Concertina (1988), as well as appearing on Peadar’s own recording Amidst These Hills (1994). The title ‘An Draigheann’ (pronounced ‘Un Dree-un’) means ‘The Blackthorn’, and refers to the Ó Riada home place in Cúil Aodha, County Cork."
Enjoy !

An Draigheann, X:3

Pierre’s setting (X: 1) transposed into the key of D, a pipe and whistle-friendly key for this lovely air.

Re: An Draigheann

Anyone have any idea where Alasdair White’s B part in his version off An Clar Geal comes from? Totally different from how Peadar and others have recorded it.

Re: An Draigheann

When this Irish tune travelled to Scotland, the B part got lost. A. MacDonald wrote a new B part, and this is the one played by Alasdair White and Alison Kinnaird on An Clar Geal. I’ve been taught this version of the tune by Ailie Robertson - scottish harpist. Lovely tune it is, too.