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Helen Origins: Gaelic Waltz - Alan Stivell - Gaeltacht (32) Origins: Gaelic Waltz - Alan Stivell - Gaeltacht 15 Feb 19

Hi all,

Someone at our regular session recently started playing a waltz called Stirling Waltz and I realised that I recognised the tune but not the name.

After some quiet brain-bashing and brow-beating, I finally realised that it is the waltz called Gaelic Waltz which is part of the long medley Gaeltacht on Alan Stivell's Renaissance of the Celtic Harp. I have owned this album since way back when on vinyl and then on CD. It starts at the beginning of this video before the strathspey.

Alan Stivell Renaissance of the Celtic Harp- 05 Gaeltacht Part 2

Part 1 is here.

I have tried searching for Stirling Waltz and also for Gaelic Waltz and I can find no reference to the original tune under those searches. Stivell would have used a Scottish tune because he refers to Scotland on the track information.

Does anyone know the origins or original name of the tune or any further information about it.

Just to clarify, I asked where my friends heard Stirling Waltz and it was most recently at a wake of a well known folkie from a nearby area, but also it is used in a Scottish dancing context and paired with Boda Waltz in the set.

I'll post the track info for all the tunes on the Gaeltacht track.


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