The Bantry Girl’s Lament barndance

Also known as The Bantry Girls’ Lament.

There are 21 recordings of this tune.

The Bantry Girl’s Lament has been added to 1 tune set.

The Bantry Girl's Lament has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Bantry Girl's Lament
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A,B,|"A" C2 B,2 C2 B,C|E6 EF|E2 C2 B,2 B,A,|"E"B,6 A,B,|"A"C2 B,2 C2 B,C|
E6 EF|E2 C2 "E"B,2 B,2|"A"A,6 EF|A3 BA2 EF|E6 EF|E3 CB,2 A,2|"E"B,6 A,B,|
"A" C2 B,2 C2 B,C|E6 EF|E2 C2 "E"B,2 B,2|"A"A,8||

Four comments

The Bantry Girl’s Lament

Not a barndance but a slowly sung air sung by various groups, the Clancys, Dubliners, Blacks, among others. Possibly inspired by British losses in the Peninsular War against Napoleon’s empire. The title has been added as an alternate title to the “Rowan Tree” but despite similarities in the A part they appear to be different melodies.

Re: The Bantry Girl’s Lament

“Inspired by BRITISH losses ?” - you sure about that ?

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Re: The Bantry Girl’s Lament

My error Kenny. I should have said “Irish” losses. Irish soldiers fought on both sides of the Peninsular War. Both for and against Napoleon. I used the word “possibly” instead of “probably” because the origins of this song are subject to question.
Some would say that the song is about an Irish lad who fought in the Spanish Civil War. The Spanish Civil War occurred in the 1930s, more than a century later than the Peninsular War and while the lyrics may fit the later date, the melody seems much older. Of course it’s not uncommon for poets to pen lyrics to older songs.

I’ve even seen this song attributed to P.J. Kavanagh who penned the lyrics to “On Raglan Road” because both songs resemble the older “The Dawning of the Day”. Not sure about that either.