And here’s another tune I transcribed from the playing of The Chieftains. The title means "The White Blanket" in Gaelic. This one came off An Irish Evening, where it was played more or less exactly like I’ve transcribed it except with the usual ornamentation The Chieftains include in their work. It was also played second in a set on The Chieftains 4, and there the key was F major, and I’m not sure which I like better. An Suisin Ban was classified as a set dance, but since a set dance could have any of a number of time signatures, I made it into a reel. The tune can also be played as a hornpipe instead of a reel, and you can play it whichever way fits your tastes.
An Suisin Ban
I learnt this tune from Michael Falsey at the Willie Clancy Week. He referred to it as a set dance (having, as it does, 6 bars to each measure, excluding repeats, instead of 4 or 8) and played it in ‘hornpipe’ time (i.e. with a ‘swung’ rhythm). He also pointed out that it is a metrical setting of the slow air, Casadh an tS
“An Súisín Bán” ~ a duplication that has persisted
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on June 10th 2005 by dubhghaill.
I realise, I told the story the wrong way round: The boy starts off *in* the hay barn, walks *out* of the door and gets shut *out*.
Version with dotted quavers
I’ve just submitted an alternative version of An Súisín Ban (The White Blanket) as I prefer to play it (on low and high whistles). It’s essentially the same as the previously submitted version from Tommy McCarty, except that it has a more lilting rhythm with dotted quavers. Also, the ‘runs’ between the parts (as I refer to them - I don’t know what traditional Irish musicians call them) are slightly different. You can hear this tune on The Chieftains 4 (the best album they ever made, IMHO). It’s the second part of Track 12 (the medley), which consists of O’Keeffe’s Slide / An Suisín Bán / The Star Above the Garter / The Weavers (slide).