The Spalpeen’s Lament waltz

Also known as Caoineach An Spailpin, Caoineadh An Spailpin, The Spailpin’s Lament.

There are 16 recordings of this tune.

The Spalpeen’s Lament has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Spalpeen's Lament has been added to 28 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Spalpeen's Lament
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
e3/2d/|^c A3 GA|G4 A2|c3 d ef|
gf/g/ a3 g|(3:2:1e(3:2:1d(3:2:1^c d e2 d|
^c A3 EF|G4 A3/2B/|c A3 AB|c3 d ef|
gf/g/ a2 AB|c3/2A/ B3 A/G/|(3:2:1E(3:2:1F(3:2:1G A4||

Four comments

Spalpeen’s Lament aka The Lament of the Spalpeen

I found this on Mick Woodruff’s web site I wasn’t able to find it on theSessiondotOrg so I’ve submitted it.

A really lovely haunting air, played slow, ‘bout 60 bpm. Mick plays it on a Low D whistle, I play it on flute, and I guess it would be fabulous on the pipes.

Spalpeen’s Lament

This same tune is played as a slow air on an LP called ‘Willy Clancy - The Minstrel from Clare’ where it has a second part - my favourite slow air.


Has anyone run across the lyrics to this beautiful piece?

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