This page lists lay tunes which were notated in print or in manuscript, without texts. They date from the 18th and 19th century. Because they were presented as untexted airs, they usually appear to have had their rythym regularised, and so I have presented them here as unmeasured. Where possible I have used bars to indicate a division into lines of poetry. I have also transposed them all to G.
Pádraig Ó Néill music book 3 (NLI MS44.806/3), c.1780-1800
This air is mentioned in Eoghan Ó Néill, The Golden Vale of Ivowen, Geography Publications, 2001, p.276. I have not seen a copy of this tune.
Lá Dá raibh an Féin ...
Patrick McDonald, 1784. Tunes no.115-122
In the Taigh na Teud edition (2000) these airs are linked to the Romantic creations of John Smith (1780), and no. 122 appears with Smith's text in the Maclean-Clephane manuscripts.
No. 59, Bas Dhiarmid O Duinn - The death of Dermid