The Flags Of Dublin reel

There are 23 recordings of this tune.

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The Flags Of Dublin appears in 3 other tune collections.

The Flags Of Dublin has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Flags Of Dublin has been added to 67 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Flags Of Dublin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
e|(3ABA cA eAcA|~A3 g faec|(3ABA cA eAcA|faec dcBe|
(3ABA cA eAcA|ceag a2 ce|afge f2 ec|faec dcbe|
~a3 e fecd|e~A3 eAce|~a3 e fece|faec dcbe|
~a3 e fecd|~e3 c e2 fg|afge f2 ec|faec de B2|
# Added by Paddy .
2
X: 2
T: The Flags Of Dublin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dB | A2 FA BddB | A2 FA BEEB | A2 FA Bddg | fdBc d2 dB |
AD (3FGA BddB | AD (3FGA BEEB | A2 FA Bddg | fdBc d2 (3ABc :||
|:dddg fAdf | eAce dcBA | dddg fAdf | eAce d2 (3ABc |
dddg fAdf | eAce dcBA | GB B2 Bcdg | fdBc d3B :||
# Added by JACKB .
3
X: 3
T: The Flags Of Dublin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dB | A2 FA BddB | A2 (3.F.G.A BE E2 | A2 FA Bddg | fdBc d2 dB |
AD (3.F.G.A BddB | AD (3.F.G.A BEEB | A2 FA Bddg | fdBc d2 (3ABc :||
|:dcdf e3g | fdec dcBA | dcdf e3g | fdBc d2 (3ABc |
dcdf e3g | fdec dcBA | GB B2 Bcdg | fdBc d3B :||
# Added by JACKB .
4
X: 4
T: The Flags Of Dublin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ADFA BEdB | ADFA BGGG | ADFA Bcdg | fdec d3B |
AD 3.F/.G/A BedB | AD .F/.G/A BGGG | AD 3.F/.G/A Bcdg | fdBc d3A |
dcdf e3g | fdec dcBA | dcdf e3g | fdBA d3A |
dcdf e3g | fdec dcBA | GBBA Bcde | fdec d2cB |

Eight comments

This is a modified highland pipe setting. The original ornaments have been changed from the piping ones to something more universal. It seems to be something of a rare tune. I have only heard it played once live, and there do not seem to be many recordings of it. I think it suffers from repetition, but it sounds nice on the pipes.

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Flags ?

Where did this come from, Paddy ? The reel I know as "The Flags Of Dublin" has been recorded by by Mick O’Brien, Arty McGlynn and Harry Bradley, and probably a few others, but this is nothing like it. Just curious.

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The source is "Traditional Irish Music for the Bagpipe," by Dave Rickard. As i mentioned before, it is a setting for the highland pipes and so might have been changed to suit the range. I’d be interested to see the other version, as it perhaps more widely known.

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My Version

X: 1
T: Flags of Dublin, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
|:dB | A2 FA BddB | A2 FA BEEB | A2 FA Bddg | fdBc d2 dB |
AD (3FGA BddB | AD (3FGA BEEB | A2 FA Bddg | fdBc d2 (3ABc :||
|:dddg fAdf | eAce dcBA | dddg fAdf | eAce d2 (3ABc |
dddg fAdf | eAce dcBA | GB B2 Bcdg | fdBc d3B :||

This is what I believe to be a reasonably standard version of this tune.

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Re: The Flags Of Dublin

This tune is in the Gunn ms (Fermanagh 1865) as ‘The Bony Boys of Ballantrae’. Interesting that the first version above is from a bagpipe collection.

Re: The Flags Of Dublin

Setting 1 above seems to be from a different tune family, namely "Farewell to Erin": https://thesession.org/tunes/846. Leo Rowsome had a setting of "Farewell to Erin" also called "The Flags of Dublin": page 74 in The Leo Rowsome Collection of Irish Music. The setting above is for the most part transposed up by a fifth by comparison with the usual settings.