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RATHLIN ISLAND. Irish, Reel (cut time). A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune has been attributed to Dublin-born uilleann piper Peter Browne. Rathlin Island, County Antrim, is one of several islands between Ireland and Kintyre, Scotland. The fishhook-shaped island served as the refuge of Scottish patriot Robert Bruce in the year 1306, and it is said that it was on Rathlin that he saw a spider rebuilding its web that suggested to him to consider trying again to struggle towards a successful rebellion against the English.

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Printed sources:

Recorded sources: Compass 7 4377 2, Lunasa - "Kinnitty Sessions" (2004). Gael-Linn CEF-097, Philip King & Peter Browne - "Seacht Nóiméad Déag Chun a Seacht/Seventeen Minutes to Seven" (1983). Green Linnet GLCD 1128, Brendan Mulvihill & Donna Long - “The Morning Dew” (1993. Learned from a reel-to-reel recording of Sean McGuire given by Jack Brennan). Green Linnet SIF 3116, Sharon Shannon – “Each Little Thing” (2005). Whirling Discs WHRL 002, Dervish - "Playing with Fire" (1995. First tune in "Last Nights Fun" set).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]




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