Rory Dall’s Sister’s Lament waltz

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Rory Dall’s Sister’s Lament has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Rory Dall's Sister's Lament
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A3 BAB|G3 ABd|e2 E4|ed Bd ef|g2 G4|
g3 a b/a/g|e2 de gd|e2 d2 B2|ge de g2|
ed Bd eg|G3 ABd|B4 A2:|
G3 EFG|A3 FGA|B3 AGA|B3 d B/A/G|
A2 AG AB|e3 dBA|G3 A B/A/G|G2 F2 ED|
D3 EFG|G3 A B/A/G|E2 ED EF|E>g ed B/d/e/f/|
ge de g2|edBd eg|G3 ABd|B4 A2||

Five comments

Rory Dall’s Sister’s Lament

great tune on “borders” by Ossian, missed the LP for many years but
just found it again and this transcription via Folk tune finder….
my next tune on flat pipes

Re: Rory Dall’s Sister’s Lament

Great to see this. Johnny Cradden taught me this in Edinburgh in what, 1999. Of course no-one nowadays has ever heard it.

Re: Rory Dall’s Sister’s Lament

I played it with Johnny not so long ago, Calum. First class tune which brings back good memories.

Re: Rory Dall’s Sister’s Lament

It is sometimes credited to Scottish harper Rory Dall Morrison but I read somewhere that it was probably composed by Irish harper (resident in Scotland for some of his life) Ruaraidh Dall Ó Cathain.

Re: Rory Dall’s Sister’s Lament

Would the real Rory Dall please stand up? The Irish Rory Dall spent much of his life in Skye, including time in Dunvegan, where Rory Dall Morrison was resident harper, but not until after the death of Irish Rory who was buried if Sleat in the south of Skye. It’s generally believed this tune was written by Ò Cathain as you say Creadur, but mainly for stylistic reasons.