Published on Mar 2, 2012
The Regimental Quick March of the UDR - 'Sprig of Shillelagh & GarryOwen'
The sound of the Hamilton Flute Band & the Churchill Flute Band combined, Maiden City Festival, August 2011.
The Regimental March of the UDR
Sprig of Shillelagh & Garryowen
The Sprig of Shillelagh
More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Joke
The Black Joke, sometimes spelled Black Joak, was a bawdy song heard in London around 1730. William Hogarth referenced the song in the Tavern Scene of A Rake's Progress. The lyrics and tune apparently gave rise to variations from 1730 onwards. The tune was later known as The Sprig of Shillelagh. Thomas Moore (1779 - 1852) wrote the song "Sublime was the warning which Liberty spoke" to the tune.
More at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garryowe...)
Garryowen, also known as Garyowen, Garry Owen and Gary Owens, is an Irish tune for a quickstep dance.
This song emerged in the late 18th century, when it was a drinking song of rich young roisters in Limerick, a garrison city. It obtained immediate popularity in the British Army through the 5th (Royal Irish) Lancers.
The word garryowen is derived from Irish, the proper name Eóghan ("born of the yew tree") and the word for garden garrai -- thus "Eóghan's Garden". The term refers to an area of the town of Limerick, Ireland.
Beethoven composed two arrangements of the song in 1809-1810 (published 1814-1816 in W.o.O. 152 and W.o.O. 154) to the title, "From Garyone My Happy Home", with lyrics by T. Toms, on romantic themes. The arrangements were part of a large project by George Thomson to engage prominent composers of his day to write arrangements of the folk songs of Ireland, Scotland, and Wales.
A very early reference to the tune appears in a book on The Life of the Duke of Wellington published in 1853. In this the defence of the town of Tarifa is described. In late December 1811, during the Peninsular War, General H. Gough, commanding officer of the 87th Regiment (at that time known as the Royal Irish Fusiliers), after repulsing an attack by French Grenadiers "...was not, however, merely satisfied with resistance. When the enemy, scared, ran from the walls, he drew his sword, made the band strike up 'Garry Owen', and followed the fugitives for two or three hundred yards."
The regiment's first title in 1881 was Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers), changed in 1920 to The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's). Between the time of its formation and Irish independence, it was one of eight Irish Regiments. In 1968 the regiment was amalgamated with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Ulster Rifles to become the Royal Irish Rangers.
The tune has been associated with a number of British military units. It was the regimental march of the 50th (The Queen's Own) Foot (later The Queen's Own Royal West Kent Regiment) until 1869. It is the regimental march of the London Irish Rifles, now part of The London Regiment (TA) and it is the authorised regimental march of The Irish Regiment of Canada.
GarryOwen most recently was also the Regimental Quick March of "The Ulster Defence Regiment" CGS (UDR). When the UDR merged with "The Royal Irish Rangers" in 1992 to become "The Royal Irish Regiment" Garry Owen was dropped as the Regimental Quick march and was replaced with Killaloe, both these tune are worthy of being a Regimental Quick march.
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