Trip to the Dargle (A)
X:1 T:Trip to the Dargle M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune and Jig N:A tune in the dance set Irish Lilt B:Straight and Skillern – Two Hundred and Four Favourite B:Country Dances, vol. 1 (c. 1775, No. 183, p. 92) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A|A<FG A2f|e>de f<dB|AGA (B/c/d)F|[A,2E2][A,E] [A,2E2]A| A<FG A2f|e>de f<dB|AFA (B/c/d)F|[G,2D2][G,D] [G,2D]:| |:a|a<fa a<fb|b<gb b<ga|a<fa a>gf|e2e e2 f/g/| a3f3|e>de f<dB|AFA (f/g/a)f|d2 d d2:|]
TRIP TO THE DARGLE, A. AKA and see "Haste to the Wedding (1)." English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune was one of several played as an accompaniment to a dance set called "Irish Lilt" performed at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane. The other tunes were "Irish Lilt (8)," "Priest and his Boots (1) (The)," "Sheela na Gigg," and "Lango Lee (1)."
The River Dargle rises in Ireland in the Wicklow Mountains and flows east to the Irish sea, emptying near Bray. Sir Walter Scott visited the area in 1825 and mistakenly assumed that Dargle was the name for any glen, etc. He used the word in his novel Redgauntlet seven years later: "Glen, nor dargle, nor mountain, nor cave, could hide the puir hill-folk."