Found this amazing little tune on an archive recording of Larry Redican (pretty old recording, at least by the sound quality). The only problem is that it had no title to go with it, hence the "Gan Ainm" tag (for the moment, anyway). Does anybody out there know the name of this one?
Very cool tune
This is an odd one, not played in New York even by the old-timers of Redican’s generation. Where did you hear the recording?
I thought so, too…sounds a bit Donegal-ish to me, which isn’t that outlandish when you consider tunes like "Glencolumbkille" being played by Andy McGann & others in New York. The recording is on the Comhaltas Archive site (www.comhaltasarchive.ie) . I just typed in "Larry Redican" & a whole bunch of stuff came up, this one included. On the recording in question, the fiddle sounds like it’s tuned up a semitone, so I transposed it down to D major (E flat, on this tune anyway, would be a bit superhuman!) . I had hoped this might catch your eye/ear; I posted another tune earlier here from the comhaltas site also, which was called "Nancy’s". Any idea if this is one of Larry’s compositions? I appreciate any info
you might have on this, seeing as you’re closer to the source…
Gillian’s Apples perhaps?
It’s very like the jig Gillian’s Apples [4-part] changed to reel time.
Not identical I know but certain has a good few similarities worth noting.
I too think this is a reel-time reworking of "Gillan’s Apples"(Gillan rather than Gillian was the original name). Very cleverly done. It’s not just a slavish conversion but has been polished up to play well in reel time and with some very individual touches.
Spot on, 52Paddy! Indeed, it would seem that’s exactly what happened here. Just out of curiosity, blarneystar, did you get a chance to log on to the Comhaltas Archive? The recording in question is the first reel listed as "untitled". If you did hear it, could you determine if that really is Larry Redican playing, or do you think perhaps the tape may have been mis-labeled? I appreciate your thoughts on this, whatever you come up with…
Redican for sure
The recording is a bit speeded up. Don’t know if this was a tape or a home-made disc. Lad O’Beirne had one of those. Anyway, that’s Larry Redican for sure. No one else played triplets that sounded like that.
Thanks again, Jay. Anybody know the name of the reel he plays before Dillon Brown? Sounds like Mullin’s Fancy but isn’t quite. There’s another solo reel in G that I got on a tape years ago from a friend of Larry’s, think that’s in there. It’s a very short cut, only 48 secs and he is cut off in the third part. Lovely tune, whatever it is.
I provided titles when possible for the Comhaltas tunes. Some took a bit of plowing through books - Ward’s hornpipe is a J Scott Skinner tune, the Cosmopolitan hornpipe is in Ryan’s.
Thank you all
The legwork is greatly appreciated, gentlemen. So, do you think I should put "Gillan’s Apples" as an alternate title?
The Gaelic Revival
It’s certainly a reel setting of Gillan’s Apples, but it also has a rather nice title of its own - "The Gaelic Revival". It’s in O’Neill’s.