Sword of St. Columba (The)

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X:1 T:Sword of St. Columba, The M:2/4 L:1/8 R:polka S:Donegal/Glasgow fiddler Eddie Marley Z:Ted Hastings K:D DF AB/c/|dd c/B/A|A,C E>F|GG F/G/F/E/|! DF AB/c/|dd c/B/A|A,>C E/G/F/E/|D2 D z:|! fA fA|ff/g/ f/e/d|eA eA|e(e/f/) e/c/d/e/|! fA fA|ff/g/ f/e/d|e/d/c/B/ A/G/F/E/|D2 D2:||

SWORD OF ST. COLUMBA. AKA and see “Sord Colmcille.” Irish, Polka. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was recorded by the Gallowglass Ceili Band as “Sord Comcille.” Paul de Grae says the tune is commonly played in Sliabh Luachra (by Jackie Daly, among others), despite some thought by others that it may have originated in the north of Ireland. He notes that a lilting version, slightly altered, called “Sonny Sweeney's Polka” can be heard on Tommy Hayes’s album “A Room in the North” lilted by his elderly aunt Meta Costelloe.

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