Sheet Music: O'Sullivan's March

TitleO'Sullivan's March
Alternate titlesO'Sullivan More's March
The Highlander's March
Montrose's March
The Old Hag Tossed Up in a Blanket
The Rock and the Wee Pickle Tow
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeD4–A5
Time signature6/8
Tempo92 BPM
Performance time1:25
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2021-01-01
Last updated2021-01-01
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Categories
Celtic Music, Jigs, Marches, Traditional/Folk

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Friday 1 January 2021

Tune of the Day: O'Sullivan's March

Traditional Irish tune

This tune is nowadays played more often as a jig, but is said to have been the march of the Kerry-based Irish Clan of O'Sullivan. However, antecedents to the melody can be found in the Scottish “The Highlander's March” (printed in James Oswald's “Caledonian Pocket Companion”, c. 1760) and, nearly a century earlier, in the English “Montrose's March” (printed in Playford's “Musick's Hand-Maid”, 1663).

A recording of “O'Sullivan's March” by Matt Molloy of The Chieftains was notably featured in the soundtrack for the 1995 film Rob Roy, starring Liam Neeson.