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SAMHRADH, SAMHRADH (Summertime, Summertime). AKA and see "Hugar mu fean," "We brought the summer in", "Thugamar féin an samhradh linn", “We brought the summer with us." Irish, Air (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. According to Tomas Ó Canainn in his book, Traditional Music of Ireland, the tune was first published in 1726 in Neales' A Collection of the Most Celebrated Irish Tunes. As Tomás notes, it could be very much older than that. It also appeared in other publications after Neale, including James Oswald's Caledonian Pocket Companion (1760), under the title "Hugar mu fean." Breandan Breathnach, in Folk Music and Dances of Ireland, notes that the air is an example of the rare airs in Lah (Aeolian) mode.