“The Old Orange Flute”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: c.1895 (Graham)
Keywords: marriage music fire
Found in: Ireland


A Protestant man marries a Catholic woman, but his flute refuses to convert, and continues to play Orange songs. Ultimately it is burnt at the stake as a heretic.


OLochlainn: "Learnt in Belfast about 1912; the tune is another version of Villikens." - BS

Cross references


  1. Hodgart, p. 216, "The Old Orange Flute" (1 text)
  2. OLochlainn 50, "The Old Orange Flute" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Hayward-Ulster, pp. 112-113, "The Ould Orange Flute" (1 text)
  4. OrangeLark 27, "The Ould Orange Flute" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Graham, p. 12, "The Ould Orange Flute" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. Silber-FSWB, p. 318, "The Old Orange Flute" (1 text)
  8. Roud #3013
  9. BI, Hodg216