Sheet Music: The Rose of Allendale

TitleThe Rose of Allendale
Alternate titlesThe Rose of Allandale
ComposerTraditional English
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC major
Time signature4/4
Tempo112 BPM
Performance time1:45
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2014-10-13
Last updated2014-10-13
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.2 (relatively unpopular)
Celtic Music, Love songs, Traditional/Folk


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Monday 13 October 2014

Tune of the Day: The Rose of Allendale

Traditional English song

Many people regard “The Rose of Allendale” as a traditional song from Scotland or Ireland, but in fact it is an English parlour song written by Charles Jefferys and set to music by Sidney Nelson in 1836. Allendale is the name of a village in the English county of Northumberland, though there is also a town called Allandale in Falkirk, Scotland. While the English song lyrics are probably about a maiden from the town of Allendale, some sources suggest that the “Rose” could have been a ship instead.

Because the song has been recorded by Paddy Reilly and Mary Black, Many people mistakenly believe the song to be a (traditional) Irish song. The famous folk bands The Corries and The Dubliners also contributed to the popularization of this song.