Altan’s Another Sky CD has it listed this way.
Over here in Texas this waltz is commonly known as the Canadian Waltz - one of my favorite waltzes and a great competition waltz.
I’ve always liked this tune. Ookpik is an Inuit name for the Snowy Owl, and inspired a cute fuzzy doll with big eyes of the same name.
According to Andrew Kuntz’s Fiddlers Companion, it was composed by Frankie Rodgers, of Mission, British Columbia, who has published it in a tunebook of his compositions.
We play the Ookpik Waltz by way of Altan.
It is a bit different from the one posted.
This is the whole thing with all the repeats.
I have been working like crazy to get it all down -
so I hope I got it this time.
C:Frankie Rodgers (Altan)
%%MIDI program 1 77
|:D E>F|G3 A B>d|A F3 (3DED|EG- G3 A|G3 A B>d|e4 e>f|ed3 B>A|B d3e2|d2 g2f2|!
e4 e>f|e d3 (3 dBA|B3 d (3BAG|E4 E>D|C3 D EG|D F3 D2|E2 G3A|1 G3:|2 G3 A B>d|!
|:e2 B3 A|B4 e2|d2 B3 A|B4 B2|A4 A>B|A G3 (3GED|EG-G3 A|G2 B2 d2|!
e2 B3A|B4 e2|d2 B3 A|B4 B2| A4 A>B|A G3 (3GED|EG-G3 E|FE D2 (3DEF |!
G3 A B>d|A F3 (3DED|EG- G3 A|G3 A B>d|e4 e>f|ed3 B>A|B d3e2|d2 g2f2|!
e4 e>f|e d3 (3 dBA|B3 d (3BAG|E4 E>D|C3 D E>G|D F3 D2|E2 G3A|1 G3 A B>d:|2 G6|
Absolutely beautiful tune. A friend of mine plays this at a session back home (donegal) on his harmonica and its really nice.
Track 12 on the CD ‘Another Sky’ recorded by Altan quite a few years ago. CD notes don’t say when.
The line up on this track is : Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh - fiddle, Ciaran Tourish - fiddle, whistle, Dermot Byrne - accordion (melodeon), Ciaran Curran - bouzouki, Mark Kelly - guitar, with guests: Jerry Douglas - dobro & James "Hutch" Hutchinson - bass.
the sleeve notes say "we first heard this played by Jeff Titon at his home on Little Dear Lake on our first visit to Maine in 1985 and subsequently learned it from George Fowles, a friend of the band. Tradition has it that Inuit people believed the Ookpik was an owl who carried then souls of the dead away".
Great waltz at a very steady/slow pace with plenty of swing. Has really to be heard before playing it. The dobro is a terrific inclusion.
In bar 16 (‘A’music) the 2nd ‘G’ is played with middle ‘C’ added and in bar 16 ‘G’ is played with ‘B’ below middle ‘C’ added (at the same time in both case 1st and 2nd times). I’ve yet to learn how to show that in abc notation.