The Lark On The Strand jig

Also known as An Fuiseog Ar An Trá, The Lark In The Strand, The Lark Of The Strand, Mulally’s, Paddy Hughes, Paddy The Post.

There are 67 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Kilmovee (a few times), The Pipe On The Hob (a few times), The Rolling Waves (a few times), Bimíd Ag Ól (a few times) and The Black Rogue (a few times).

The Lark On The Strand has been added to 14 tune sets.

The Lark On The Strand has been added to 260 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Lark On The Strand
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A3 AGA | BGE G3 | GBA GBd | e2d edB |
A3 AGA | BGE G3 | GBA GAB | dBG BdB :|
| GBd g3 | gba g3 | GBd e2d | e2d edB |
GBd g3 | gba g3 | a2a a2d | e2d edB :|
# Added by harry .
X: 2
T: The Lark On The Strand
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A3 AGA | BGE G3 | GBA GBd | e2d edB |
A3 AGA | BGE G3 | GBA GAB | dBG BdB :|
| GBd g3 | gba g3 | GBd e2d | e2d edB |
GBd g3 | gba g3 | a2a a2d | e2d edB :|
# Added by harry .
X: 3
T: The Lark On The Strand
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
~A3 ABc|BGE ~G3|ABA GBd|egd edB|
~A3 ABc|BGE G2D|GBA G2B|dBG BdB:|
GBd ~g3|gba gdB|GBd g2f|egd edB|
GBd ~g3|gba ~g3|a2b age|edg edB:|
X: 4
T: The Lark On The Strand
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ABG AGA | BGE G3 | ABA GBd | egd edB |
ABG AGA | BGE G2 D | GBA G2B | dBG BdB :|
GBd ggg | gba gdB | GBd g2d | egd edB |
GBd ggg | gba ggg | aba age | egd edB :|
X: 5
T: The Lark On The Strand
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:ABA AGA | BGE GAB | ABA GBd | edg edB |
ABA AGA | BGE G2D | GBA G2B | dBG BdB :|
| GBd g2d | gba gdB | GBd g2d | edg edB |
GBd g2d | gba gab | aba age | edg edB :|
X: 6
T: The Lark On The Strand
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A3 AGA | BGE G3 | ABA GBd | edg edB |
A3 AGA | BGE G3 | ABA g2d | edg edB |
ADD AGA | BGE D3 | ABA GBd | ed(g g)dB |
A3 AGA | BGE G3 | ABA g2d | edg edB |
| GB/c/d g3 | gba g3 | GB/c/d g2d | edg edB |
GB/c/d g3 | gba g3 | a3 age | edg edB |
GB/c/d g3 | gba gfg | GB/c/d g2d | edg edB |
GB/c/d g3 | gba g3 | a3 age | edg edB |
# Added by JACKB .

Sixteen comments

The Lark in the Strand

This tune is on the Paddy Keenan (self-titled) album (on gael-linn), played by Thomas Keenan.

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I think this tune probably belongs in another key, like A dorian, ie. without c#, even though the note only comes once, it sounds really strange that way. Perhaps a b would sound better? I’m sure Keenan isn’t going to change it, but if I get around to playing it, I’ll be fiddling around to find the right note there.

The Stolen Purse

I learned a tune similar to this one by the name of "The Stolen Purse" (the A part is a little different) from someone who says it was from the playing of William J. Mullally.

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B instead of c#

I think you are correct about the b instead of the c#. However between the b and the d there is a slide through c#.

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The Lark in the Strand

There is quite a good and somewhat simpler version ( the one by Tony Higgins in Bb ) of this tune at tinwhistle.com. The A part goes something like this
ABA AGA | BGE G2G | ABA GBd | e3 edB |
ABA AGA | BGE G2G | ABA G2B | dBG BdB |

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The Lark on the Strand

I’ve been playing the tune like this:

K: Ador
~A3 ABc|BGE ~G3|ABA GBd|egd edB|
~A3 ABc|BGE G2D|GBA G2B|dBG BdB:|
GBd ~g3|gba gdB|GBd g2f|egd edB|
GBd ~g3|gba ~g3|a2b age|edg edB:|

I’m glad I found this tune. I forgot the name, but was thinking of playing it for the fleadh. Great site! Anyways, I’ve been playing this with a B rather than C#. I throw in some triplet runs that work great on flute going from B to C natural and then D. You can pretty much tell the tune isn’t in "D" because it "wants" to end on "A". It would sound quite odd to end on D… I’m curious to find out what Keenan does with it.

Update

I had another listen to this and updated the ABC’s (which means they are a bit different to the sheet music)

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I also know this tune as the Stolen Purse. The Lark on the Strand jig that I know, is a different tune and was a very popular jig played by all and sundry back in the sixties.

There are two jigs known as The Lark on the Strand. The Stolen Purse is a bit similar but different tune.

I know this tune under the name of "Paddy Hughes", learnt on the Na Fili’s album "Farewell to Connacht". I play it like this :
X:1
T: Paddy Hughes
M:6/8
R:jig
K:G
ABG AGA | BGE G3 | ABA GBd | egd edB | ABG AGA | BGE G2 D | GBA G2B | dBG BdB :|:
GBd ggg | gba gdB | GBd g2d | egd edB | GBd ggg | gba ggg | aba age | egd edB :|
The track on Na Fili’s album is followed by Garett Barry’s that suit particularly well with it.

The Lark On The Strand, X:6

Lovely jig

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