The Rowan Tree reel

Also known as Bantry Girls Lament.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Bonnie Galloway (a few times), Highland Cradle Song (a few times) and My Home (a few times).

The Rowan Tree has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Rowan Tree has been added to 111 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Rowan Tree
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
u(DE) | "D"F3FF2E2 | "D"(FA3)"D7"A2d2 | "G"B3AB2d2 | "G"B2A4 "A7"(DE)| "D"F3F"A7"F2E2 |
"D7"(FA3)"G"(B3A) | "D"A2F2 "A7"(E3D) | "D"D6 A2u | "D"A2d2"Bm"d3c | "G"(c2B2) (B2d2) |
"D"A3A "Bm"(BA)(GF) | "E7"(F2E4) "A7"(DE) | "D"F3F"A7"F2E2 | "D7"(FA3) "G"(B3A) |
"D"A2F2"A7"E3D | "Bm"D6 "E7"(DE) | "D"F4"A"E4 | "D"D6 ||

Six comments

This is an Air, not a Reel

This is really an Air not a Reel, but the Tune Submission list box does not allow selection of an Air. In order to get the ABC header to come out correctly, I had to plant it as reel. ‘Scraper’

From the most clichéed part of the marching pipe-band’s repertoire.

This is a Scottish air, and I have often danced a strathspey to it. I’m sorry to hear that it’s become clichéed in marching bands, as it has a lovely elegiac quality when you dance to it.

Bantry Girls Lament

Interesting to see the claim that this is also known as The Bantry Girls Lament. It certainly sounds similar in the first part, but less so in the second to the Bantry Girls Lament that I’m familiar with, as sung by Tommy Fleming, Mary Black and many others.

Just because…..

…..some unknown person adds an "alternative" title here - and there’s no justification for it mentioned above - doesn’t make it true.

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