Tabhair dom do Lámh
Ruaidhri "Dall" Ó Catháin (1570 - 1650) was a high-ranking harper from the area near Coleraine in the North of Ireland. He spent a large part of his life in Scotland, moving from one aristocratic house to the next. At the time there was a great deal of commonality in the high Gaelic cultures of Scotland and Ireland and this kind of crossover was not uncommon. He composed a number of fine instrumental pieces, including "Tabhair dom do Lámh" (Irish Gaelic). The title is sometimes latinised to "Da Mihi Manum" and means "Give me your hand". The "Dall" is a nickname and means that he was blind. He shouldn't be confused with the blind Scottish harper Ruaidhri "Dall" Mac Mhuirich
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This tune is representative of a large body of harp music which is largely lost but which had a very strong influence on Gaelic music and song.
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I got this tune from Aoife Ní Fhearraigh's recording of the song "Úrchnoc Chéin Mhic Cáinte". The words were written by the poet Peadar Ó Doirnín (c. 1700-69)
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