March of the King of Laois

Just wanted to share this awesome tune–The March of the King of Laois. Laois is a county in Ireland located in the south midlands, in the province of Leinster. I have read that the king of the title was one Rúarai Óg Ó Mórdha, son of the king who is the subject of this wikipedia article. Whether ’tis true or no, it matters little, for much of interest doth lie in those pages. Think Game of Thrones, minus the dragons and zombies.

Aaanyway, I have been listening to a version of this tune on a recent album by piper Joey Abarta and fiddler Nathan Gourley called Copley Street. Lovely album–I highly recommend it. I’ll post below their version, and a version by the Chieftains. The Cheiftains’ version has a bit more “snap” in it rhythmically, if you know what I mean. Try to hear the difference between the versions if you can.

second tune here:

EDITED to add this amazing version played by Pat O’Connor and Eoghan O’Sullivan–two of my faves!