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The Rakes of Kildare/The Red Haired Boy

The Rakes of Kildare/The Red Haired Boy

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The Rakes of Kildare is one of the standard Irish tunes everyone should know. I've known it forever, it seems, but I probably learned my version from Kerr's Merry Melodies.

The Red Haired Boy is a popular tune found in Ireland and the United States, but it probably has its origins in an old Scottish tune called Gilderoy (which is an Anglicisation of the Gaelic gille ruadh - or "red haired boy")

This song is part of my Irish Collection; check out other tunes and songs from the Irish Collection Index.

Nigel Gatherer, Crieff, Perthshire |