The Yellow Flail jig

Also known as Yellow Fail, The Yellow Hail, Yellow Mail, The Yellow Mail.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Yellow Flail has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Yellow Flail
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d/c/| B2 B GAB |c2 c c2 A|GBd cBA| G2 G G2 A |
B2 B GAB | c2 c c2 A | GBd cBA | G2 G G2:|
|:c |Bcd def |gfe d2 c| Bcd def | gfe def |
g2 gdB| c2 c c2 A | GBd cBA | G2 G G2:|
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 2
T: The Yellow Flail
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d/c/| B2 B GFG |D2 E FEF|GAG GAB| cAG FGA |
BcB BAG | ABA ABc | dcB AGF | A2 G G2:|
|:D |G2 A B2 c |ded d2 c| BAG FGA | cAG F2 a |
BcB BAG | ABA ABc | dcB AGF | A2 G G2:|
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 3
T: The Yellow Flail
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d/c/|BAG GFG|D2E FEF|GAG GAB|cAG FGA|
BcB BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGF|G3G2:|
D|GFG BAG|GFG AFD|GFG BGB|c2 A F2 A|
GFG BAG|FGA ABc|dcA AGF|G3 G2:|
D|G2A B2c|ded d2c|BAG FGA|cAG F2A|
BcB BAG|ABA ABc|dcA AGF|G3 G2:|

Four comments

The Yellow Flail

A simple tune found in P.W. Joyce’s Ancient Irish Music (Dublin, 1873).

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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.”

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The Yellow Flail, X:3

From O’Neill’s 1001