Tabhair dom do Lámh

Listen to 'Tabhair dom do Lámh'

Tabhar dom do Lámh



'Tabhair dom do Lámh' is a 17th century Gaelic air. According to Bunting in his work 'Ancient Music of Ireland' it was composed by Ruairí Dall Ó Catháin in 1603. Ó Catháin was given the title Oireachtaidhe Ó Catháin (Chief of Ó Catháín) by the O'Neills of Tyrone but despite his great wealth and political status, he chose to become a travelling bard.

While travelling through Scotland, he visited the home of Lady Eglington. Unaware of his status as Chief of Ó Catháin, she arrogantly demanded a tune. Offended by her lack of respect, he left her house. When she realised her mistake, she quickly apologised and he composed 'Tabhar dom do Lámh' in her honour.

The tune won him widespread fame all over Scotland and gave him an audience with King James I of England.

'Tabhair dom do Lámh' was recorded by Seán O'Riada, Ceolróieí Chualann, on the disc 'Ceol na Nuasal' ('The Music of the Nobility).

The harp arrangement on Ask about Ireland is by Ruaidhrí Dall Ó Cathain.

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