I picked up this tune from my friend who heard it at gaelic roots, those are his chords. Really cool tune nice pentatonic thing in the B-part.
Siobhan O’Donnell’s #2
This tune is not Siobhan O’Donnells I think. The above tune can be found on mike McGoldricks album, but just listen to the Blazin’ Fiddles version or the Lunasa version and hear the obvious difference
When there is a person who writes a bunch of tunes, there is usually many tunes that go by the persons name. This may not be the "Siobhan O’Donnell’s" that your familier with, but I know of two others that might be the tune you’re after.
This is Siobhan O` Donnell`s no 2. It can be found on Karen Tweeds "Drops of spring water".There is also a Siobhan O` Donnells no.1.She plays it before no 2.
Origins of this tune
This tune was composed by John Brady, flute player, from Offaly, Ireland during the summer of 1983. It is called McIntyre’s Fancy after his wife’s niece because she liked the tune as it was being composed. It can be heard on the Beauties of Autumn, the LP by the Longridge ceili band, published by Comhaltas in 1983.
For "alternative" titles of this tune, see: http://thesession.org/tunes/1204/comments#comment67845
Here’s what Siobhan says
I got an email from Siobhan O’Donnell who’d like to clear up the origin of this tune:
"Have just logged on to your website for the first time to find a discussion about myself with regards to a certain jig which was originally John Brady’s. Just to put the record straight I learnt this jig years ago from Karen Tweed/Piano Box and Michael McGoldrick rang to say he had used it on his album and had attributed it to me although I made it clear to him I had not written it. He also banged on about copyright which I have never claimed as the tune is not mine!"
Here’s the Bmin version played by Cian on Three Shouts From A Hill.
def BAF | ABc B2B | fba fec | fBc BAF |
def BAF | ABc B2B | fba feB | cBA B2B :|:
b3 afe | fea fec | B2B ABd | efd efa |
bfa efd | BdB AFA | deg f2e |1 dBA B2B :|2 dec B3 ||
Yeah it’s a weird version that, isn’t it? I don’t think I like that setting as much, but the playing’s great.
Here’s the composer’s daughter Attracta Brady playing this jig: http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_227_1_attracta_brady_jigs
Played here by Clare McLaughlin, Martin Hunter, Malcolm Stitt and Mairead McManus. It’s the last tune.
…….and here it is by Tamalin. The second tune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XyMh1l3o4xw
This jig is the perfect little jewel!
And how could anyone dare interfere with it? I apologise to the composer for having cropped it a wee bit to suit the Highland pipes and give me extra opportunity to play it -albeit in an addled form!
T: McIntyre’s Fancy
C: John Brady (Arr. Birlib)
cde AAA|GAB A3|eag edc|eAA BAG|
cde dcA|G3 Gcd|ega ged|cAG A3:|
a3 ged|edg edc|A3 GAc|dec deg|
aeg dec|A3 GGG|cde ged|cAG A3:||
Note; a 6th-less Hexatonic tune, verging on the Pentatonic mode.
Setting #4 is the version as played by Attracta Brady in that comhaltas-clip.
(Starting with a high a in the very first bar, but then she always plays the c there.)
And yeah, this jig is cool!
Here’s the first jig of this set: