The Black Smithereens
I have seen Andy Irvine play in numerous videos, but unfortunately, not live. I have also collected most of his discography especially with Planxty. The first time I heard The Blacksmith and the instrumental which followed and has now been dubbed by many as the Black Smithereen, was one of those recordings which just made a huge impression upon me. I have transcribed several of Irvine’s recordings but must say this instrumental after the Blacksmith has passages which really escape me, especially those parts where Liam O’Flynn’s pipes join in with Mandolin and Bouzouki. I have most of the work transcribed but there are parts that don’t quite resolve as the recording and I’m flabbergasted. After seeing two young pups on youtube manage the entire work on just mandolin and bouzouki I decided to pull my hair out. Does anyone out there have a transcription? If so give me a call -817.371.5803. I have other works transcribed and available if you are interested.