My Love Is Like The Sun reel

Also known as Curragh Of Kildare, The Winter Is Past, The Winter It Is Passed, The Winter It Is Past.

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

My Love Is Like The Sun has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: My Love Is Like The Sun
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
D2 | F2 E F2 A2 | B4 e2 d2 | B3 A F2 D2 | E5 e2 | B4 c2 d2 | e4 g2 f2 | e5 B2 |
d3 e f2 d2 | e4 d2 c2 | B2 A2 F2 D2 | E4 G2 A2 | B e3 d2 c2 | B A3 F2 D2 | E4 ||
X: 2
T: My Love Is Like The Sun
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE | FE F<A D2 dB | AFED E2 EF | GABc dcB^A | B6
AG | FABc d2 dB | AFED E2 DE | F2 BA GFED | D6 |]

Two comments

My Love Is Like The Sun

This is a version of the Curragh of Kildare from the Isle of Man, collected in the 1890’s. The notation doesn’t do justice to the way it is played (it certainly isn’t a reel) But it is a lovely tune which makes a nice contrast to the dance tunes in a session.

My Love Is Like The Sun, X:2

The Glasgow band The Clutha recorded an air on "Scots Songs and Music Recorded at the Kinross Festival of Traditional Dance and Song 1973" called "The Winter is Past" (X:2 above). Jimmy Shand turned it into a waltz in his Book of Waltzes (Vol.4, n.d., c 1960) under the title "The Winter It Is Past". Both stem from a song by Burns in Johnson’s Scots Musical Museum (vol 2, 1788). Burns probably based his words on an older song about an 18th century highwayman who was hanged in Kildare.

There’s also a setting in O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903) called "The Winter Is Past".