Sheet Music: The Dawning of the Day

TitleThe Dawning of the Day
Alternate titlesFáinne Geal an Lae
On Raglan Road
ComposerThomas Connellan (1640–1698)
Also attributed toTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature2/4
Tempo112 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2013-01-19
Last updated2013-01-19
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.1 (relatively unpopular)
Celtic Music, Marches, Traditional/Folk


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Saturday 19 January 2013

Tune of the Day: The Dawning of the Day

Traditional Irish air

This air, one of a supposed seven or eight hundred, is reputed to have been composed by Thomas Connellan, a 17th-century harper from County Sligo, Ireland who spent considerable time in Scotland.

An Irish-language song, named “Fáinne Geal an Lae” (“The bright ring of the day”), was published in 1847 and later translated into English as “The Dawning of the Day”. The melody was also used by Irish poet Patrick Kavanagh for his poem, "On Raglan Road", which has been performed by a number of notable artists, including The Dubliners, Sinéad O'Connor, Luke Kelly and Mark Knopfler.

This air is often played as a march and is one of the first tunes that a student of Irish music will learn.

Thanks to Dan for suggesting this tune!