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Old 07-29-2019, 03:04 AM   #5
Adam Sanderson
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Default Re: Rakes of Mallow pipe tune

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Originally Posted by TwitchyFingers View Post
I'd always thought it was an old Irish tune, but I notice Sir Charles Forbes sometimes listed as the composer and also see it alternately titled as "Sir Charles Forbes of Edinglassie's Quickstep." Looking him up, we find he was anything but Irish, but his political career would have brought him some sympathies across the Irish Sea. The article doesn't mention anything about him being a musician. Maybe the tune was written in his honor. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sir_Ch...s,_1st_Baronet
I think it's just one of those tunes that has several titles. If you listen to the English Morris Dance tune "Rigs of Marlow", (transcribed by Cecil Sharpe in the 1800s after hearing it in Oxfordshire), it's practically the same tune.
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