Sheet Music: Tam Lin

TitleTam Lin
Alternate titlesThe Galway Reel
The Howling Wind
ComposerDavey Arthur (1954—)
Also attributed toTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
RangeE4–B5
Time signature4/4
Tempo224 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2010-11-11
Last updated2010-11-11
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Categories
Celtic Music, Reels, Traditional/Folk

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Thursday 11 November 2010

Tune of the Day: Tam Lin

Traditional Irish reel

The composition of this reel is credited to Donegal singer Davey Arthur, former member of the group The Furey Brothers who is now following a solo career. Rumor has it that it was later renamed as “The Howling Wind” by accordion player Paddy O'Brien because he liked the tune, but not the name, which derives from a legendary ballad originating from the Scottish Borders. In fact, O'Brien's version is a somewhat altered development of Arthur's original. Currently the melody has currency with many musicians who play for Irish step-dancing competitions, and is also referred to as “The Glasgow Reel”.