Uch na n-Uch is Osna I Lár Mo Chléibh

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UCH NA n-UCH IS OSNA I LÁR MO CHLÉIBH (Alas and alas and a sigh in the depth of my breast!). AKA – “Alas! the Pain in My Heart” (Uch nan uach is osna lar mo cleibh), “Alas, alas! The pain in my heart” (Uch nan oh! Is osna lar mo chliabh). Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part.

Charles Byrne, harper, born c. 1712, originally from County Leitrim. The sketch was drawn by Miss O'Reilly in vivo of Byrne playing at the O’Reilly residence, Scarva, Co. Down, in 1810.

Source for notated version: noted by Bunting from harper Charles Byrne in 1792. The source for the words to the air (which O’Sullivan/Bunting gives) is one McDermot, a shoemaker in Castlebar.

Printed sources: Bunting (Ancient Music of Ireland), 1840; p. 9. O’Sullivan/Bunting (Bunting's Ancient Music of Ireland), 1983; No. 10, pp. 14–15.

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