Tam Lin


Time Signature: 4.4

Key of Tune: F

Tune Type: Reel

Number of Bars: 32


“This composition is credited to Dublin musician Davey Arthur (originally from Edinburgh, Scotland), according to notes on Steeleye Span’s CD “Time” (Shanachie 79099), formerly of the group The Furey Brothers and Davey Arthur, though he now performs on his own. Rumor has it that it was later renamed as “The Howling Wind” by Paddy O’Brien because he liked the tune, but not the name (which apparently derives from the famous Child ballad about fair Janet and her lover, enchanted by elves). 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 (or because) it has influentially been recorded for step dance practice by piano accordion player Pat King. Feis musicians tend to refer to the the tune as “The Glasgow Reel,””

Fairport Convention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LWVz_V7bjM4

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Transcribed/Arranged by: Ken McGregor

Composer: Davey Arthur, Ireland



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