Sheet Music: The Roving Blade

TitleThe Roving Blade
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA major
RangeA4–A5
Time signature9/8
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2017-10-13
Last updated2017-10-13
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Celtic Music, Jigs, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 13 October 2017

Tune of the Day: The Roving Blade

Traditional Irish slip jig

This simple 9/8-time jig is taken from Chicago police officer Francis O'Neill's collection Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, published in 1922. O'Neill's source for this tune was the Rice-Walsh manuscript, a collection of music from the repertoire of Jeremiah Breen, a blind fiddler from North Kerry, Ireland.

This tune is apparently unrelated to the more famous folk song “The Newry Highwayman”, which is also known as “The Roving Blade”.