This tune is on the Chieftains Bells of Dublin CD. Does anyone know the meaning of the title?
Port used to mean a type of harp tune. I suspect it may have become less specific over the years. The below paragraph comes from http://www.earlygaelicharp.info/music/about2.htm
A class of tune strongly associated with "Rory Dall" is the "port". Although the word originally meant "a tune", it came by the 17th century to refer to a specific type of harp tune. They are characterised by a number of features, most notably a rather vague overall melody, a formalised rising introduction which may be the remnants of a tuning prelude, and division into two unequal sections.
But for some slight variations in the opening and end this is the same as ‘Port an Bhand’, found here: https://thesession.org/tunes/3353
Meaning of title
"Port" can mean simply "tune" in Irish or, more specifically, "jig," while "An Dreoilin" means "the wren." So I think the most straightforward translation of the title would be "The Wren’s Jig."
Yes, a duplication! ~ & a slide ~ originally submitted here:
Submitted on July 31st 2004 by kiwi.
as dubhghaill has pointed out, and you’ll find other transcriptions for this in the ‘comments’ …
"Port An Dreóilin" ~ CREDITING the source for this uncredited duplication
Source: "Music for the Sets - the Yellow Book"
Compiled by David J. Taylor
Dave Mallinson Publications, 1995
"Port An Dreóilin" ~ page 37
This is an an uncredited note-for-note rip-off of David Taylor’s transcription, though possibly a cut-and-paste of someone else’s rip-off… However, Taylor and the book have it as it is ~ a slide…