The Rights of Man (Hornpipe)

This tune is thought to have been inspired by the pamphlet by Thomas Paineentitled "The Rights of Man" written in 1791 in defense of the FrenchRevolution, and which inspired several of the participanents of the UnitedIrishman in Ireland's 1798 rebellion. See for the text of thepamphlet.
McDermott's Handy

Note: While this sheet music is provided for reference and convenience, I would take it as a personal favour if you would find a local musician to teach it to you or a local session where you could hear it played. This will enable you to learn the phrasing and ornamentation for your instrument which generally is not notated here. The best way to learn Irish traditional music is by ear, by listening to and/or learning from a musician experienced in the genre. At the very least, you will want to memorize the tune so that this page would be superfluous. This version is a version that I played at the time I created this page; it may not be the same as the version I currently play, and it may not be the same as the version with which you are familiar. Go raibh maith agat; Thanks!

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