The Yellow Flail
A simple tune found in P.W. Joyce’s Ancient Irish Music (Dublin, 1873).
Joyce’s comment about the 1st version
Joyce wrote this comment about the 1st version: “This air I have known from my childhood, and always by the name of the “Súiste Buidhe” or “The yellow flail”. But the air immediately following [2nd version], which I noted down from the singing of Joseph Martin, a native of the county Limerick, was, according to him, known by the same name. They are both similar in character and expression, airy and graceful in movement; and as they are precisely alike in measure and rhythm, it is probable that an Irish song called “Súiste Buidhe” was sung to both indifferently, and gave them the same name. Observe that both are song airs, and are to be played somewhat slower than double jig time.”
A tin whistle version here
The Yellow Flail, X:3
From O’Neill’s 1001