Sheet Music: The Curragh Races

TitleThe Curragh Races
Alternate titlesThe Maid in the Cherry Tree
The Maid of Aberdeen
Coleman's Fancy
Hare in the Corn
The Humors of Old Knockaney
Mick Flaherty's Reel
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature2/2
Tempo84 BPM
Performance time0:25
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2019-04-02
Last updated2019-04-02
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Celtic Music, Reels, Traditional/Folk


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Tuesday 2 April 2019

Tune of the Day: The Curragh Races

Traditional Irish reel

The Curragh is a flat open plain in County Kildare, Ireland. This area is well known for Irish horse breeding and training, and is the home of Irish horse racing. The name itself stems from the Irish Gaelic word cuireach, which means “place of the running horses”. Horse races are said to have been held at Curragh since the 3rd century AD, originally in the form of chariot races.

The present setting of this popular tune, which is in the florid style of the famous traditional fiddler John McFadden, is taken from Francis O'Neill's Music of Ireland, published in 1903.