Hammered Dulcimer: Limerick's Lamentation

One of my favourite Airs. I've loved this tune ever since I first heard the Boys of the Lough play the Scottish version: Lochaber No More, on their LP of the same title, which was released back in 1975!

I'm playing it here on my Hammered Dulcimer, in the Banquet Hall of Carrickfergus Castle, Co. Antrim.

My sincere apologies to the composer, but sadly I do play it far too hurriedly! :-(

My costume .... well, when in Rome! :-)

Dick Glasgow:

The Hammered Dulcimer in Ireland:

I played this tune on a Hammered Dulcimer, an instrument which has a long & interesting history in Co. Antrim:

The County Antrim Dulcimer: http://countyantrimdulcimer.blogspot.com/

The tune Limerick's Lamentation or the Lament for Limerick has been dated by Flood to the year 1691. However, the melody first appears in Neales' Collection of the 'Most Celebrated Irish Tunes' (Dublin, 1726), and was printed by Thompson in his Hibernian Muse of 1786.
It also appears in the Bunting Collection of Irish music (1840).

For more details on the history of this beautiful piece of music, please check out:

LIMERICK'S LAMENTATION, The Fiddler's Companion


Lochaber No More
"There are versions of this tune called King James March to Ireland dating from the 17th century.
It is known in Ireland as Limerick's Lament. It was the poet Allan Ramsay who in 1724 set the words Lochaber No More, about an enlisted Highlander's nostalgia."


Carrickfergus Castle:


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Comment by Dick Glasgow on July 1, 2011 at 18:31

Hey, glad you enjoyed it Michael.

I just spent nearly 4 hours this afternoon, playing my HD for a Wedding Reception.

After playing for over 3 hours, I happened to be sitting holding my Fiddle, when some bloke came over & asked what the Dulcimer was. I explained, so then he said ... "So when are you going to play it then?" !!! You can reach some of the people, some of the time, but you can't .... etc etc :-(

Comment by Mike "Ormepipes" Orme on June 30, 2011 at 15:51
Nice to have access to your version of this on here. I'm struggling with this one at the moment on whistle. I'm very fond of hammered dulcimers. We don't hear enough of them IMHO - and this is particularly well played - thankyou.

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