Turlough the Brave

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X:1 T:Turlough, the Brave M:9/8 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Animated" S:O’Neill – Music of Ireland (1903), No. 409 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D A|F/G/A>F G2 B AFD|FAF G2A B2E|F/G/A>F G2B AFD|EFE EFA B2:| |:d|gag fdB BAF|gfe fdB B2A|gag fdB AFd|EFE EFA B2:| |:c|dFd FdB AFD|ded def g2e|ded fdB AFD|EFE EFA B2:|



TURLOUGH, THE BRAVE (Toirdhealbhach Treun). AKA and see "River Lee (The)," “Trealock Lauder.” Irish, Air (9/8 time, "animated"). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBCC. O’Neill seems to have taken the melody note-for-note from O’Farrell’s Pocket Companion (1806), where is appears as “Trealock Lauder,” a phonetic version of the Irish name. Alternatively, he perhaps had it from O'Daly, where it can be found under the title "Toirdhealbhach Láidir" (Turlough the Brave). O'Daly records:

Toirdhealbhach Laidir (i.e., Turlough the Brave, Valiant, Stout or Mighty) flourished about the middle of the last [i.e. 18th] century. His real name was Turlough O'Brien, and he belonged to the family from whom Leim Ui Bhrain (Lemebrian), a townland in the county of Waterford, takes its name. He frequented all the fairs and patterns of Munster, particularly those of his own county; and from his stalwart appearance, was an object of terror wherever he went.[1]


Additional notes



Printed sources : - O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 409, p. 71.






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  1. John O'Daly, Poets and Poetry of Munster, 1860, p. 249.