After The Battle Of Aughrim polka

Also known as Battle Of Aughrim, The Battle Of Aughrim March, The Battle Of Aughrim, Cath Eachroma, Return From The Battle Of Aughrim.

There are 52 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Bonaparte Crossing The Alps (a few times), The Corner House (a few times), O’Neill’s March (a few times), Jack McCann (a few times) and Lord Mayo (a few times).

After The Battle Of Aughrim has been added to 12 tune sets.

After The Battle Of Aughrim has been added to 558 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: After The Battle Of Aughrim
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:EA A/B/c/d/| ed cA | BG G/F/G/A/ | BA/G/ ED |
EA A/B/c/d/ | ed ea/g/ | ed B/e/d/B/ | A2 A2 :|
|:ae ef/g/ | a/b/a/g/ ef/g/ | a/b/a/f/ g>e | d/e/d/B/ G2 |
ae ef/g/ | a/b/a/g/ ed | Be dB | A2 A2 :|
X: 2
T: After The Battle Of Aughrim
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AG|:E2A2 ABcd | e2d2 {B}c2 A2 | {c}B2G2 {A}GFGA | BGAG {EF}E2D2 |\
E2A2 ABcd | e2 ed e2ag | e2d2 BedB |1A4 {B}A2 AG :|2A4 {B}A2 (3(efg))|
|:a2ag e2 (3(efg)) | abag e2 (3(efg)) | a>baf g>age | d>edB G2 (3(efg))|
a2 ag e2 (3(efg))| abag e2d2 | B2e2 d2B2 | A4 {B}A4 :|
X: 3
T: After The Battle Of Aughrim
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
G|E2A2 A2Bd|eged c2A2|B2G2 G3A|BGAG EGD2|
E2A2 A2Bd|eged e2ag|eged BedB|A4 A3:|
g|a2e2 e2fg|a2e2 e3g|a2af gage|dedB G2E2|
a2e2 e2fg|a2e2 e3d|B2e2 d2B2|A4 A3:|
X: 4
T: After The Battle Of Aughrim
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A/G/|EA AB/d/|ed cA|BG G/F/G/A/|BA/G/ ED|
EA AB/d/|e/g/e/d/ ea/g/|ed B/e/d/B/|A3:|:f/g/|
aa/g/ ef/g/|a/b/a/g/ ef/g/|a/b/a/f/ ge|dB Gf/g/|
aa/g/ ef/g/|a/b/a/g/ ~ed|Be dB|A2 A:|
X: 5
T: After The Battle Of Aughrim
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AG|:E2A2 ABcd | e2d2 c2 A2 | B2G2 GFGA | (3BAG AG EGDG |
E2A2 ABcd | ea2g eaed | B2e2dBGB |1 A2AB A4 :|2 A2AB A4||
a3g efge | abag e2 fg | a3fg3e | dedB G4|
abag efge | abag eaed | B2e2 dBGB |1 A2AB A4 :|2 A2AB A2||
X: 6
T: After The Battle Of Aughrim
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
| EA A/B/c/d/ e>d cA | BG G/F/G/A/ B/G/A/G/ ED | ~
E2 A2 AB cd | e3 d c2 A2 | B2 G2 GF G>A | BG AG E/F/E D2 |
E2 Az zB c>d | e2 a>b a2 g2 | e2 d2 Be dB | A2 A>^G A2 :|
a2 e2 e2 g/f/e | za zg e2 fg | a>b af g>a ge | d2 c/B/A G2 fg |
za ze e2 fg | ab ag e3 d | B2 e/f/e d2 B/c/B | A3 B A2 :|
X: 7
T: After The Battle Of Aughrim
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:E2A2 ABcd | e2A2 A2 AB | d2G2 GABc | d2G2 GABG |
E2A2 ABcd | e2A2 a2ag | e2ed edBd |1 e2A2 A2AG :| 2 e2A2 A2Ag ||
|:a2e2 efge | a2e2 e2ef | g2d2 dc#de | g2d2 d2dg|
a2e2 efge | a2e2 e2ed | c2c2 BAGA | 1 B2A2 A2Ag :| 2 B2A2 A2A2 ||
X: 8
T: After The Battle Of Aughrim
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A>G|EA A (3B/c/d/| e>d c>A | BG G/F/G/A/ | BA/G/ ED |
EA A (3B/c/d/ | ee/d/ ea/g/ | e>d B/e/d/B/ | A2 A2 :||
|:a>g ef/g/ | a/b/a/g/ ef/g/ | a>f g>e | dB G2 |
a>g ef/g/ | a/b/a/g/ e>d | Be dB | A2 A2 :||
# Added by JACKB .

Thirty-two comments

After the Battle of Aughrim

Take this one slow. I believe I heard a popular group playing this at an expressive pace. It seems to fit best. Here is the ornamentation I use on the piece along with a few note variations.

AG|:E2A2 ABcd | e2d2 {B}c2 A2 | {c}B2G2 {A}GFGA | BGAG {EF}E2D2 |\
E2A2 ABcd | e2 ed e2ag | e2d2 BedB |1A4 {B}A2 AG :|2A4 {B}A2 (3(efg))|
|:a2ag e2 (3(efg)) | abag e2 (3(efg)) | a>baf g>age | d>edB G2 (3(efg))|
a2 ag e2 (3(efg))| abag e2d2 | B2e2 d2B2 | A4 {B}A4 :|

After The Battle Of Aughrim

Thanks Mark - a great tune. It is more usually played as a march though and is very much associated with the Aughrim Slopes C

Interesting

It does have a March feel to it and I can easily play it with a 6/8 meter If I give it a little thought. Perhaps you could provide the ABC’s for the March version?

I am going to post what I believe is the "Battle of Aughrim" soon. I heard the two individual numbers on a Cheiftan’s release but my memory is hazy. Just getting a little older I guess. None the less - I have heard this tune referred to as "The Battle of Aughrim" on several occasions.

Mark

Reminds me of The King of the Fairies hornpipe. I wonder if they perhaps had a common source.

trevor

This is a march

I must agree with Bannerman that this is a march. I can’t imagine it being played as a reel.

Hope I haven’t confused you - the tune is fine as it is to be played as a march and doesn’t need to be changed into 6/8 time.

I think it is played as a polka as well as a march.

Once Again - the holes in my knowledge are making that flute like sound as the Wind passes through it.

I thought that Marches were 6/8 only. It’s good to find out that there is no standard meter for marches. A good one two count is all you need.

This tune has been posted as a reel in the source I learned from. This will not be the first inaccuracy in the book. I learned it many years ago. Even as a beginner I began to slow the tempo more and more. I also began to place the accents in the right place just because the tune demands it.

As for the tune being a Polka as well - I have also seen that. I didn’t post a very Polka like setting for it here.

I looked around for the Battle Of Aughrim and found the same tune as this one. Fine by me. The ‘Battle Of Aughrim’ that I know is a dirge (even though that same book shows it to be a reel). If I get in the mood to post a dirge - I’ll put it out there. In the meantime - Thanks for the comments and education.

Mark

March Time Signatures

This can be a bit confusing as you’ll find marches in both 4/4 and 6/8 time. I think the majority will be in the former although there are some great 6/8 ones. O’Sullivans, Brian Boru’s March and Maguires are three examples which come to mind in 6/8 and musicians have to watch the tempo very closely to ensure they’re not sped up and converted into jigs. There is also another variant which is more like 3/4 time (ie March of the King of Laoise - A2F|A2D|A2F|A2D|B2G|A2F|G2F|E2D….). Maybe this should have been a discussion thread topic as I’m sure there are many views out there on the correct speed for these more unusual marches.

March

I’ve updated the ABC to reflect the more polka/march type feeling of this tune.

Thanks for the extra attention Jeremy.

After the Battle of Aughrim

Here’s a march version of the tune I picked up in Yorkshire:

R: march
K: Ador
G|E2A2 A2Bd|eged c2A2|B2G2 G3A|BGAG EGD2|
E2A2 A2Bd|eged e2ag|eged BedB|A4 A3:|
g|a2e2 e2fg|a2e2 e3g|a2af gage|dedB G2E2|
a2e2 e2fg|a2e2 e3d|B2e2 d2B2|A4 A3:|

I’m still in between a beginner and an intermediate player, but was fortunate to join Leeds Ceili Band for a couple of shows in west England. This is one of the tunes we played on the stage. This one comes from the repertoire of Michael Tennyson, the band leader playing box, and nobody else knew it at first.

Try playing an Ador jig after it as we did.

T:Battle of Aughrim, The
M:2/4
L:1/8
S:Leo Rowsome
R:march
Z:G.M.P
K:Ador
A/G/|EA AB/d/|ed cA|BG G/F/G/A/|BA/G/ ED|
EA AB/d/|e/g/e/d/ ea/g/|ed B/e/d/B/|A3:|:f/g/|
aa/g/ ef/g/|a/b/a/g/ ef/g/|a/b/a/f/ ge|dB Gf/g/|
aa/g/ ef/g/|a/b/a/g/ ~ed|Be dB|A2 A:|

Billy Moran’s version of the Battle of Aughrim

Here’s box-player Billy Moran’s version of the tune that I got from this mp3 on line at this address: http://www.irishaustralia.com/Billy/track4.mp3

X: 1
T: The Battle Of Aughrim
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
R: march
K: Ador
AG|:E2A2 ABcd | e2d2 c2 A2 | B2G2 GFGA | (3BAG AG EGDG |
E2A2 ABcd | ea2g eaed | B2e2dBGB |1 A2AB A4 :|2 A2AB A4||
a3g efge | abag e2 fg | a3fg3e | dedB G4|
abag efge | abag eaed | B2e2 dBGB |1 A2AB A4 :|2 A2AB A2||

He follows it with "The Corner House" and I posted the abcs for his setting of that here: https://thesession.org/tunes/479

“Return from the Battle of Aughrim”

I can’t see this thing as a polka, despite the many notations where it is defined as such. The two bar phrasing doesn’t work well in that way, having more of a feel of:

| EA A/B/c/d/ e>d cA | BG G/F/G/A/ B/G/A/G/ ED | ~

Here’s another few ways with it:

M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: March
K: A Dorian
|: B/A/G |
E2 A2 AB cd | e3 d c2 A2 | B2 G2 GF G>A | BG AG E/F/E D2 |
E2 Az zB c>d | e2 a>b a2 g2 | e2 d2 Be dB | A2 A>^G A2 :|
|: fg |
a2 e2 e2 g/f/e | za zg e2 fg | a>b af g>a ge | d2 c/B/A G2 fg |
za ze e2 fg | ab ag e3 d | B2 e/f/e d2 B/c/B | A3 B A2 :|

The Battle of Aughrim actually is a clan march. I learned it from the legenday Joe Burke. Its a really lovely tune,

Doon Ceili

the Doon Ceili Band does this on their album "around the world for sport"

Up or Down to begin After The Battle Of Aughrim?

I know some say don’t worry…just play but I can’t decide which way is best. The tune in the Fiddler’s Fakebook begins with 2 8th notes, an open A to a G.

Any help/guidance would be appreciated.

Go raibh maith agaibh!

Re: Up or Down to begin After The Battle Of Aughrim?

For the two pickup notes I do a down - up,
then that sets up the down bow for the
first note of the first measure of the A part.

I pretty much start the first note of each
measure with a down bow.

That is a tune that is played moderately
slow but I often play it fast. Very fast.

Re: Up or Down to begin After The Battle Of Aughrim?

Either way, whichever you are more comfortable with at first (though later on, it helps if you have no preference).

I’d listen to those telling you not to worry about it. If you are getting hung up on such a thing, you may be missing the bigger picture.

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Re: Up or Down to begin After The Battle Of Aughrim?

Oh hullo michael, where have you been?

Re: Up or Down to begin After The Battle Of Aughrim?

Thanks to you both. I know what you mean about playing it fast. I’m still trying to commit it to memory and it seems like I can’t help but speed up the further into the tune I get.

I’ve been starting on a down bow so I guess that’s good. Although, I do understand that being able to work either way is beneficial. Right now, I’m just trying to develop some consistency…it helps with my muscle memory.

also on the Tulla ceili band ‘Celebration of 50 Years’ (short preview on Amazon mp3 downloads)

Chieftains 4: “The Battle of Aughrim”

Hi can anyone help unpack this track on the Chieftains 4. It seems there are several pieces played on this track and not all of them are available here.

Besides this music here and under ‘Return ffrom Fingal’ there are at least a few other tunes under this track heading, including a particularly haunting dirge/lament.

Mary MacNamara’s version

Just learned it from the CD "RTE Masters of Tradition"

R : March
K : Adorian
|:E2A2 ABcd | e2A2 A2 AB | d2G2 GABc | d2G2 GABG |
E2A2 ABcd | e2A2 a2ag | e2ed edBd |1 e2A2 A2AG :| 2 e2A2 A2Ag ||
|:a2e2 efge | a2e2 e2ef | g2d2 dc#de | g2d2 d2dg|
a2e2 efge | a2e2 e2ed | c2c2 BAGA | 1 B2A2 A2Ag :| 2 B2A2 A2A2 ||

And she plays this Joe Bane’s tune after it : https://thesession.org/tunes/2353

I hope the transcription is not too bad…

Brendan Wade/Eluveitie recording

Here’s a recording Uilleann piper Brendan Wade made of this tune with Swiss death/folk metal band Eluveitie.

For those familiar with death metal vocals, don’t worry - its an instrumental recording ;=)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q1xwwmC8YM4

Re: After The Battle Of Aughrim

Just learned this great tune as a polka. To save myself embarrassment and to prevent scorn being poured upon the tune, can anyone tell me the correct pronouncement of "Aughrim"? My apologies (Englishman with a love of Irish music!)

Re: After The Battle Of Aughrim

I ‘ve always heard it pronounced ‘Orcchhrim’ [like the Scots ‘Loch’ with the cchh at the back of the throat.
From another Englishman!