Sheet Music: Kate Kearney

TitleKate Kearney
Alternate titlesThe Beardless Boy
The Dissipated Youth
Kate Martin
When the cock crows it is day
The Big Bow Wow
Giolla na Scriob
Seanbhean Chrion an Drantain
Ta an Coileach ag Fogairt an Lae
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyB-flat major
Time signature3/4
Tempo192 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2015-05-05
Last updated2015-05-05
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.2 (not so popular)
Celtic Music, Traditional/Folk, Waltzes


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Tuesday 5 May 2015

Tune of the Day: Kate Kearney

Traditional Irish tune

This Irish tune can be played as a waltz or as an air. The words to the song “Kate Kearney” were written by Irish novelist Lady Morgan around 1807; the melody, however, had previously appeared as “The Beardless Boy” in Bunting's General Collection of the Ancient Irish Music, published in 1796.

As the famous music collector Francis O'Neill noted, “As a waltz tune Kate Kearney lacked a sufficiently distinct second part, which some orchestra leader eventually supplied. This though serviceable for the purpose intended is devoid of any trace of Irish feeling”.