Sheet Music: Come by the Hills

TitleCome by the Hills
Alternate titlesBuachaill ón Éirne
Boy From the Erne
Boy From Ireland
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC major
Time signature3/4
Tempo100 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2010-03-25
Last updated2010-03-25
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Celtic Music, Slow airs, Traditional/Folk


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Thursday 25 March 2010

Tune of the Day: Come by the Hills

Traditional Irish slow air

The origin of the slow air “Buachaill ón Éirne” (which in Irish Gaelic means “Boy From the Erne River”) is quite disputed. Some say this song was written in the early 1800s by Robert Tanahill of Paisley, Scotland. However, the use of the word “buachaill” as “young man” in Irish Gaelic suggests that this song may be Irish in origin, since in Scottish Gaelic the word means “shepherd”.

The melody was used for the song “Come by the Hills” by Scottish journalist and television producer W. Gordon Smith in the 1960s.