Sheet Music: The Gold Ring

TitleThe Gold Ring
Alternate titlesFermanagh Gold Ring
Lasses of Limerick
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeD4–A5
Time signature6/8
Tempo96 BPM
Performance time2:20
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2021-09-07
Last updated2021-09-07
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Categories
Celtic Music, Jigs, Traditional/Folk

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Tuesday 7 September 2021

Tune of the Day: The Gold Ring

Traditional Irish jig

This old uilleann piper's tune, dating back at least to the first half of the 19th century, comes with a story. According to tradition, a farmer once surprised a fairy gathering on returning home late one night. The fairies were dancing to the music of a fairy piper, but they ran off after being startled by the intruder. The farmer was about to continue his journey home when he found a tiny gold ring, left behind after the flight of the fey folk. He managed to return it to the fairies, and in exchange they gave him this tune, which the fairy piper had been playing when he first surprised them.