Waves of Tramore (The)

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WAVES OF TRAMORE, THE. AKA and see "Hartigan's Fancy," "Roga Uí h-Artagain," "Hardigan's," "Bliven's Favorite," "Butchers of Bristol (1) (The)," "By Your Leave Larry Grogan," "Coppers and Brass (2)," "County Limerick Buckhunt," "Finerty's Frolic," "Greensleeves (3)," "Groom," "Humors of Ennistymon (1) (The)," "Humors of Milltown (2)," "Larry Grogan (3)," "Lasses of Melrose (The)," "Lasses of Melross," "Little Fanny's Fancy," "Linn's Favourite," "Lynn's Favourite," "Lynny's Favourite," "Paddy's the Boy," "Pingneacha Rua agus Pras," "Queen of the Rushes," "Willie Clancy's." Irish, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB’. A variant of the “Coppers and Brass (2)” and “Larry Grogan (3)” tune family. O’Neill (1922) remarks: “’The Waves of Tramore’, obtained from our versatile friend Mr. McCormick, who swings a bow, or fingers a chanter with equal facility, is a much better jig than ‘Larry Grogan’ of which it is a variant. The latter was composed early in the 18th century by Lawrence Grogan of Johnstown Castle, Kilkenny, a ‘gentleman piper’, celebrated in song and story. ‘Larry Grogan’ was printed in Aird's Selections of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs (Glasgow, 1782), and in The Hibernian Muse (London 1787). An unmusical second part detracted from its popularity, altho few Irish dance tunes have been favored with such liberal publicity.”

Tramore (Trá Mhór, meaning "big strand/beach") is a seaside town in County Waterford on the southeast coast of Ireland. It was a small fishing village until 1853, when the Waterford-Tramore railway was completed and a tourism boom almost immediately started, drawn by the wide sandy beaches.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: O’Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 124.

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