Tune of the Day: The Fingalians' Dance
The earliest known appearance of this tune is in Burk Thumoth's Twelve English and Twelve Irish Airs, published in London in 1743.
The name of the tune may come from a poem called “The Fingallian Dance”, written around 1650. Fingallian is an extinct language formerly spoken in the county of Fingal, Ireland. It is thought to have been an offshoot of Middle English, which was brought to Ireland during the Norman invasion, and was extinct by the mid-19th century.