Tune Type Transmogrification!
I submitted a tune some weeks ago that I came across on the Comhaltas Archive site ( www.comhaltasarchive.ie ) that had me stumped. It was from an old recording of New York fiddle great Larry Redican. On the recording in question, he played a reel I had never heard before, so I posted my transcription as "Gan Ainm" until somebody could figure out what it was. Lo and behold, our own 52Paddy figured out that it was the jig "Gillian’s Apples" being played in reel time. It hadn’t even crossed my mind to look at it that way. My question is this:
is the practice of moving existing tunes into unrelated time signatures a new idea in ITM, or has it been going on forever? I’m aware of examples like "An Buachaill Dreoite" (hornpipe/jig)
as well as "The Colliers" (reel/jig) but not many others spring immediately to mind. Just for the hell of it, I’ve even taken a stab at it here (scroll to the bottom of the comments page):
Anybody else try their hand at this? It’s a pretty interesting exercise, I think…