Sheet Music: The Sprig of Shillelah

TitleThe Sprig of Shillelah
Alternate titlesThe Sprig of Shillelagh
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature6/8
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2018-06-26
Last updated2018-06-26
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Celtic Music, Jigs, Traditional/Folk


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Tuesday 26 June 2018

Tune of the Day: The Sprig of Shillelah

Traditional Irish jig

This Irish tune appears to have descended from an English Morris dance tune called “The Black Joke”, which dates from the early 1700s. Shillelagh is a word that has become synonymous with the cudgel favored by Irish faction fighters in the 19th century. The association of the name Shillelagh with a club stems from the quality of wood that could be found in the oak forest at Shillelagh in County Wicklow, from which a superior brand of cudgel could be fashioned. Unfortunately, the stock of oak in Ireland has diminished considerably, so that modern shillelaghs are invariably made of blackthorn, fashioned for the tourist trade in rather short implements, while the original oak shillelagh was a sturdy three feet long.