Lord Mayo march

By David Murphy

Also known as Arrival Of The Fianna, Lord Mayo’s, Tiarna Ṁaigh Eo, Tiarna Mhaigh Eo, Tiarna Mhuigheo, Tighearna Mhuigheo.

There are 69 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Lord Mayo appears in 3 other tune collections.

Lord Mayo has been added to 35 tune sets.

Lord Mayo has been added to 589 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Lord Mayo
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
AG AB|e2 e/d/B/d/|eA AB/A/|G/A/G/F/ ED|
AG AB/d/|e>f g>f|e>f g/d/B/G/|A4:|
a2 g/e/g/a/|b2 ba/g/|ed d/e/g|G>A GE|
a2 g/e/g/a/|b2 ba/g/|ed d/e/g|a4||
a2 g/e/g/a/|b2 ba/g/|ed d/e/g|G>A GE|
A>B d>B|A/G/A/B/ g2|e>f g/d/B/G/|A4||
X: 2
T: Lord Mayo
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:D2 C2|D2 E/G/E|GA AB|AG E/=F/G|A2 D2|D2 ED|CD CB,|A,2 A,2|D2 C2|
D2 E2|GA AB|c3B|GA AB|AG E/D/C|D4|1 z2 A,2:|2 z2 A2||d2 d2|cA cd|
ez e2|zd c2|A/c/A G2|GA c2|C3D|C2 A,2|d2 d2|cA cd|ez e2|zd c2|
A/c/A G2|GA c2|d3e|d2 A/B/c|d2 d2|cA cd|ez e2|zd c2|A2 G2|GA c2|
C3D|C2 A,2|DC DE|G2 E2|D2 C2|c3A|G3D|E/=F/G EC|D2 D2|D2 A,2||
# Added by Jean2 .
X: 3
T: Lord Mayo
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:E2|AG AB|e2 e/d/B/d/|eA AB/A/|G/A/G/F/ E2|
AG AB|e>f g>e|d2 B/d/B/G/|A2:|
|:e2|a2 g/e/g/a/|b2 ba/g/|ed d/e/g|G>A Ge|
a2 g/e/g/a/|b2 ba/g/|ed d/e/g|a3e|
a2 g/e/g/a/|b2 ba/g/|ed d/e/g|G>A GE|
A/G/A/B/ d>B|AG g>e|d2 B/d/B/G/|A2||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: Lord Mayo
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
[M:4/4] E2|(A2 {BA} G2) {/B}!mordent!A2 {/c}!mordent!B2|{d}!>!e3 (g {/a}ed) (Bd|!breath!e2) "^f.v."A2 "^f.v."A2 (BA|!>!GA !uppermordent!G!uppermordent!F EB) ((3DEG|
breath!A2) {/B}(AG !mordent!A2 !mordent!B2|{d}!>!e2 {/g}ed g.b f.b|e)g fB {/f}(ed BG|A) z .A/.A/.A .!>!a z .E2|
{G}(!>!A2 {/G}AG !mordent!A2 !mordent!B2|{d}!>!e2 {/g}eg {/a}ed) ((3Bcd|!breath!e2) "^f.v."A2 "^f.v."A2 {/c}(B{/c}A|GA) (G{AG}F EB) ((3DEG|
A2 {/B}AG !mordent!A2 !mordent!B2|{d}!>!e2) z {/b}(a {/f}g{/f}g {/f}g{/a}f {gf}|e){/f}(g fg {/a}ed) {/c}(BG|!breath!A2) {/B}AG !mordent!A2 ((3Bcd|
{eg} "^f.v."a3) b g(e ga|{/c'}.b) z (!slide!b2-b2 {a/b/a}g2{ag}|e2{f/g/e} d)B de {/a}gd|(~G3 A {/B}GE DE)|
{g}~a3 b g(e ga|.b) z (!slide!b2-b2 {a/b/a}g2{ag}|e2{f/g/e} d)B de g"<("">)"e|{g}~a3 b ~a2 ((3deg|
breath!a3) {/c'}b g(e ga|{/c'}.b) z (!slide!b2-b2 {a/b/a}g2{ag}|e2{f/g/e} d)(B de g)"<("">)"d|(~G3 A G{/B}G EG|
A)(G AB d)G BG|AG {/A}Ed ~g3 {/a}e|!breath!d2 (ed) (ed) (BG|A) z .a/.a/.a .!>!a z E2||
(A2 {BA} G2) z A !mordent!B2|z (e {/g}ed {/g}ed) ((3Bcd-|de) {/c}(AG AE) {/c}(BA|G2 {AG} FG EG DE|
{G}A2) {/B}(AG) (!mordent!A2 !breath!B2)|~e3 d g{f}g fg|e z {/b}(ag) {/a}(ed) {/c}(BG|!breath!A2) {/B}(AG) !mordent!A2 ((3DEG|
A2) ((3DEG AB cd|e).g .f.g ed ((3Bcd|e) z .a z {g}a3 b|(~G3 A {/B}GE DE)|
(~A3 G ~A2 !breath!B2)|(~e3 d) (g{/b}g fg|e) z {/b}(ag) {/a}(ed {/c}BG|A2 {/B}AG AB (3deg|
a2 {a}!>!b)a g(e ga|{/a}.b) z (!slide!b2-b2 {a/b/a}g2{ag}|e2{f/g/e} d)(B de g) z|(G{/F}G {/F}GA G2 {c/A/G} EG)|
{/b}!>!ae !>!ae !>!g(d ga|b) z (!slide!b2-b2 {a/b/a}g2{ag}|e2 {gb} !>!d') z ((3bag) be|ga b(d' !>!e')d' ((3bag)|
.a z .a/.a/.a .!>!a(g (3ega|b) z (!slide!b2-b2 {a/b/a}g2{ag}|e2{f/g/e} d)(B (3deg) (ga|!slide!b) z .d' z ((3bag) bG|
(AG A.B) .d z .B z|A2 {BA} G z !slide!g z z2|z4 ((3EFG) ((3EFG|.A) z .A z .A z||
# Added by Mars .
X: 5
T: Lord Mayo
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E|A>GA>B e2 dB|e>dB>A GA/G/ E2|A>GA>B Te2 d>B|e>dB>A A3:|
g>eg>a b2 ag|egd(B/A/) GA/G/ E2|g>eg>a b2 ag|e>d e2 (ab) a2|
gega b2 ag|egd(B/A/) GA/G/ E2|A>GA>B Te2 dB|e>dBA A3||
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 6
T: Lord Mayo
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:E|AG AB|e2 e/d/B/d/|e2 AB/A/|G/A/G/F/ EE|
AG AB|e2 gg/f/|e2 e/d/B/G/|A2 z:|
|:e|~a2 g/e/g/a/|b>b b/a/g|ed d/e/g|G>A GE|
~a2 g/e/g/a/|b>b d'/b/a/g/|ed d/e/g|a3e|
~a2 g/e/g/a/|b>b b/a/g|ed d/e/g|G>A GE|
A/G/A/B/ dB|AG g>e|d2 B/d/B/G/|A2z||

Thirty comments

Lord Mayo

This tune is a march, not a polka.

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On another cd

The tune is also on a cd released by the accordion player Liam O’ Connor but dominated by Gerry ‘Banjo’ O’ Connor.

Lord mayo

I learnt this tune as a march but its pretty cool as a polka!

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Lord Mayo

This is not the track on the Album, New Day Dawning. It is an Air and not the March/Polka displayed.
If anyone has the correct tune, please post it.

It’s a march, not a polka, and’s in A minor, not G major.


Here is the way Lunasa play the tune :

T:Lord Mayo
C:David Murphy
|: D2 C2 | D2 E/G/E | GA AB | AG E/=F/G | A2 D2 | D2 ED | CD CB, | A,2 A,2 | D2 C2 | \
D2 E2 | GA AB | c3B | GA AB | AG E/D/C | D4 |1 z2 A,2 :|2 z2 A2 | d2 d2 | cA cd | \
ez e2 | zd c2 | A/c/A G2 | GA c2 | C3D | C2 A,2 | d2 d2 | cA cd | ez e2 | zd c2 | \
A/c/A G2 | GA c2 | d3e | d2 A/B/c | d2 d2 | cA cd | ez e2 | zd c2 | A2 G2 | GA c2 | \
C3D | C2 A,2 | DC DE | G2 E2 | D2 C2 | c3A | G3D | E/=F/G EC | D2 D2 | D2 A,2 | \
W:Created with TablEdit http://www.tabledit.com/

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This was annoyingly hard to find as it’s actually a march in A dorian not a polka in g major!

but who cares, it is is stunning tune and i am going to start it in a sesh one day 🙂

Because of the wide variety of time signatures that marches come in, and because of their tendency to also stray into other territory, we put them where we can, and if ‘march’ is at least used in the ‘alternate titles’ you can search out other marches here, and that can be narrowed by time signature… Give it a try, click on the ‘Search’ tab in ‘Tunes’, then start by just entering ‘march’… Next, use the time signature/tune form drop-down and try say 2/4 (polkas), 6/8 (jigs), etc… They haven’t all been ‘tagged’ with ‘march’, but it is getting done over time, since there isn’t a ‘march’ category. The same is being done for ‘highland flings’…

Weird transcriptions… I wouldn’t have chosen 2/4 for this one, just seems daft… 😏

And, I have to disagree with the one above who proclaims ~ “ its pretty cool as a polka!“ ~ YUCK!!! Obviously, unlike New York girls, you can’t dance the polka… (= haven’t a clue)

Yes, I realize, 2/4 is a standard convention for notating marches like this, I just don’t think it does justice to the tune, and this one goes very nicely ‘slowly’…and ‘with feeling’…

does anyone have the sheet music for key of D…… or is it maybe posible to play it on a D whistle with a higher octave.

THANKS for the anwsers 🙂

No problem…

Just play it as written - you have all the notes you need on a D whistle.

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this one could be easily arranged for the Scots Pipes.. Pruning the high b’s makes it more insistent but not necessarily less melodic.

Lord Mayo (air by harper Thady Keenan)

@brianbeag ,

http://www.tunearch.org/wiki/Lord_Mayo_(2) - scroll down for the abc music.

(the new Fiddler’s Companion site).

Besides the album you mentioned, the air was on Chieftains no. 3 (first medley, second tune - linking to this “March/Polka page”)

Chieftains LP/CD “ 4 “ has the tune transcribed on this page on the session.
“march by the other harper: David Murphy”

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Cannot change time signature

Actually it should be in 4/4 or 2/2 time.

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Cannot change time signature - Lord Mayo

You need to change the 7th line [M: 4/4] to [M: 2/4] and change L: 1/8 to L: 1/16 for it to work properly

Lord Mayo, X:5

Here is the setting of this great march as it appears in O’Farrell’s Pocket Companion, vol. III (c. 1808).

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Re: Lord Mayo

I don’t really understand how the air and the march can be by 2 different harpers. They really sound like settings of each other to me, and besides, the notes on the tunearch annotation for “Lord Mayo 1” (the march) state that composition by Keenan is unlikely. However the notes for “Lord Mayo 2” (the air) credit authorship to Keenan. I feel like one of them must be wrong…

Re: Lord Mayo

The slow air isn’t here above , anywhere. There are 2 distinct tunes by the name of “Lord Mayo” which I know of - there may be more. They are musically and as far as I know, historically completely unrelated. The “Chieftains” recorded them both, the slow air on “Chieftains 3”, and the march on “Chieftains 4”.
The slow air has been recorded by, among others, Paddy Taylor, Gavin Whelan, “Le Cheile”, Sean Keane, and I seem to remember, by several Donegal fiddlers. Dave Swarbrick also recorded a version.
The march is far more common, recorded by “Lunasa”, Joannie Madden, Larry Nugent and Paul Smyth.

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Re: Lord Mayo

PS - as an afterthought, “not historically” might not be right. Quite possibly composed for the same “Lord Mayo”, although I presume there’s been more than one. I’m sure I have a transcritpion of the air which appeared in an edition of “Chapbook”, a booklet produced by Aberdeen Folk Club in the 1960s. The article was about Donegal fiddler John Doherty. I’ll try to find it, and post any information about the tune here later.

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Re: Lord Mayo

I realize the air isn’t here. I just see the tunes as too musically similar to be unrelated if you take, for example, almost any setting of the march and compare it to the air as recorded by John Doherty or Frank Cassidy, not so much the Chieftains’ version. The TTA says they’re both referring to Theobold Burke, but we know how the TTA can be wrong on some points…

Re: Lord Mayo

Looking into it, it may be that the melody is Keenan’s and the poetry is Murphy’s. The video I posted is from the Historical Harp Society of Ireland, who are big into their research, so I suspect their attribution to Murphy is pretty well founded. If the air is related to the march/song, it’s gone through some serious revisions. Another possibility is that the poetry was used with more than one tune. Looking back at old collections like the Goodman manuscripts (Tunes of the Munster Pipers), many familiar names of slow airs are attached to completely different melodies.

Re: Lord Mayo

There are some serious notational errors above. Many claiming to be 4/4 are really 2/4. I stringplayer friend notated this along time in true 4/4 time, I just got it up on pipes, and there is not way that this is in 4/4 march time; it’s a 2/4 march. March as you play, as should be done with marches just like you should dance to dance tunes, and you’ll readily confirm this.

Re: Lord Mayo

Robert Burns: The 2/4 vs 4/4 problem is a programming issue, and has been for a while. The only available 2/4 time selection is for the category of Polka. If, when adding your transcription as a Polka it will show up as 2/4. If you add a tune as a March it it assigned 4/4. So, that means if you want your March to be shown as 2/4, it must be categorized as a Polka.

This seems confusing, but after being on the site for a while you get used to it. It’s just one of those puzzling issues that needs to be solved one day, perhaps when a valiant volunteer has hundreds of hours to sort it out, it will happen.

Until then, know that the administrator here has put in an heroic effort to make the site as brilliant as it is.