Fingal’s Cave march

Also known as Cave, Cuilfhionn, Fingal’s Cave March, Fingal’s Weeping, Fingals Cave, Gul Fhin.

There are 21 recordings of a tune by this name.

Fingal’s Cave has been added to 11 tune sets.

Fingal's Cave has been added to 175 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Fingal's Cave
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E<G|A4 B>A G<A|B2 A2 A2 e>d|B2 A<G e2 d<B|d2 G2 G2 E<G|
A4 B>A G<A|B2 A2 A2 e>d|B2 A<G e2 d<B|e2 A2 A2 :|
B<d|e2 d<e g2 e<g|a2 e<a g4|e2 d<e g2 ^f<g|e>d B<A G2 B<d|
e2 d<e g2 e<g|a2 e<a g4|g>e ^f<d g>e d<B|e2 A2 A2 B<d|
e2 d<e g2 e<g|a2 e<a g4|e2 d<e g2 ^f<g|e>d B<A G>A B<G|
c2 B<c d2 c<d|e2 d<e a4|g>e ^f<d g>e d<B|e2 A2 A2||
X: 2
T: Fingal's Cave
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A4 B>A G<A | B2 A2 A2 e>d | B2 A>G e2 d<B | d2 G2 G2 E<G |
A4 B>A G<A | B2 A2 A2 e>d | B2 A>G e2 d<B | e2 A2 A2 :|
e2 d<e g2 e<g | a2 e<a g4 | e2 d<e g2 f<g |
[1 e>dB<A G2 B<d | e2 d<e g2 e<g | a2 e<a g4 | g>ef<d g>ed<B | e2 A2 A2 B<d :|
[2 e>dB<A G>AB<G | c2 B<c d2 c<d | e2 d<e a4 | g>ef<d g>ed<B | e2 A2 A2 |
X: 3
T: Fingal's Cave
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
E/G|A4 B>A G/A|B2 A2 A2 e>d|B2 A/G e2 d/B|d2 G2 G2 E/G|
A4 B>A G/A|B2 A2 A2 e>d|B2 A/G e2 d/B|e2 A2 A2 :|B/d|\

Thirteen comments

Bars don’t add up on this one. You need to replace all the slash signs with left arrows <.

Fingal’s Cave

This is the Fingal’s Cave that I know - its a march and they Cape Breton folks play it a lot. Sorry but I didn’t see march as an option in the abc converter. Could that be something added? I figured Strathspey was as close as I could get. Not the same as the tune Fingal’s Cave that is entered at this site previously. This is the one that I know and this is the common name in my circles. Lots of tune names morph as they cross the pond though. - Janet

Fingal’s Cave

I hope this is fixed correctly. I don’t have the abc thing down.

Yes it’s ok now. When Jeremy does the sheetmusic it will display properly.

If you wanted to, you could take all the ^ signs out, and make the key signature Ador instead of Amin, since all your Fs are sharp. I’m just being picky now though.

John and Phil Cunnungham played it on their joint album "Against The Storm". Great tune.

I meant, Cunningham.

“Fingal’s Cave” ~ it would be good to credit your cut-and-paste

The weird nature of the original ABC’s were telling enough, the transcript was cut-and-pasted from other sources that were obviously doing the same:

N:Posted to the woodenflute mailing list May 2002
Z: Rosin_the_bow
Z:William Porter

& ~ getting the Key & ‘>’ & ‘<’ right…
N: Posted to the woodenflute mailing list May 2002
Z: Gordon Turnbull

K: A Dorian
|: E<G |
A4 B>A G<A | B2 A2 A2 e>d | B2 A>G e2 d<B | d2 G2 G2 E<G |
A4 B>A G<A | B2 A2 A2 e>d | B2 A>G e2 d<B | e2 A2 A2 :|
|: B<d |
e2 d<e g2 e<g | a2 e<a g4 | e2 d<e g2 f<g |
[1 e>dB<A G2 B<d | e2 d<e g2 e<g | a2 e<a g4 | g>ef<d g>ed<B | e2 A2 A2 B<d :|
[2 e>dB<A G>AB<G | c2 B<c d2 c<d | e2 d<e a4 | g>ef<d g>ed<B | e2 A2 A2 |

“Fingal’s Cave” ~ curious copied ABC notation ~

The telling strange notation was, just an example:
T: Fingal’s Cave
O: Scotland
O: Traditional
D: Natalie MacMaster, Buddy MacMaster
D: John & Phil Cunningham
Z: Rosin_the_bow
Z: William Porter
R: March, Strathspey, Reel
M: 4/4
K: A minor
E/G|A4 B>A G/A|B2 A2 A2 e>d|B2 A/G e2 d/B|d2 G2 G2 E/G|
A4 B>A G/A|B2 A2 A2 e>d|B2 A/G e2 d/B|e2 A2 A2 :|B/d|\
ETC… ~ ;-/

“Fingal’s Cave” ~ further on Gordon Turnbull’s transcription

T: Fingal’s Cave
T: Gul Fhin
T: Fingal’s Weeping
C: Traditional Scottish
R: Strathspey
N: Also played as a reel
N: Posted to the woodenflute mailing list May 2002
Z: Gordon Turnbull <gturnbull@oblique-design.demon.co.uk>
B: Cruinn Comhla, ed. Christine Martin & Anne Hughes

Fingals cave

whats a great tune to go after fingals cave. as in to put it together in a set

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Manran

Doesn’t Manran play this song amazingly !!!!!???