Battle of Argan More (The)

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BATTLE OF ARGAN MORE, THE. AKA - "Argan Mór." Irish, March or Air (4/4 time). F Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. A pentatonic tune. The melody appears in Edward Bunting's Ancient Music of Ireland (1840) where it is described as an "Ossianic air" that he collected in Murlough, County Antrim, not far from the grave purported to be that of the bard Ossian's.

Source for notated version: the Irish collector Edward Bunting's MS notes indicate he was given the melody by "a Cushendall man in 1809, tenant to Dr. McDonnell."

Printed sources: Bunting (Ancient Music of Ireland), 1840; No. 5, p. 3. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 1), 1858; No. 71, p. 30. O'Sullivan/Bunting, 1983; No. 155, p. 212.

Recorded sources: RCA 09026-61490-2, The Chieftains - "The Celtic Harp" (1993).




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