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The Minstrel Boy

Atholl Highlanders USA march in St. Patrick's Day Parade, downtown Atlanta

“The Minstrel Boy” was written by Irish poet and artiste Thomas Moore. He wrote the lyrics in commemoration of friends who had died in the 1798 Irish Rebellion, and set it to the tune of an old Irish air called “The Moreen.” The song quickly became a popular patriotic song, both in Ireland and among Irishmen abroad, including Irish-American Civil War Regiments. Continue reading The Minstrel Boy

The Green Hills of Tyrol

massed bands at SMHG
AHPD performing with massed bands at the Stone Mountain Highland Games.

At any highland games, when all the bands gather on the field, you’re likely to hear the familiar strains of Green Hills of Tyrol. It is usually played as a set with When the Battle’s O’er.

The Green Hills of Tyrol is one of the best-known, and oldest, tunes played by pipe bands today. It was originally from the opera “William Tell” by Rossini, but Continue reading The Green Hills of Tyrol