Cumha Peathar Ruairi

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CUMHA PEATHAR RUAIRI (The Lament for Rorie's Sister). Scottish, Air. This harp melody appears in Daniel Dow's Collection of Ancient Scots Music (1776) attributed to 'Rorie Dall', although whether he meant by this Ruari (Dall) O Cathain or Rorie Dall Morison, both famous harpers, is unknown. A shorter version appears in the Straloch Manuscript of 1627-29 simply titled "A Port." As Sanger and Kinnaird (Tree of Strings, 1992) point out, the date of the Straloch is prior to the birth of Morison, and that O Cathain did have a sister.

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