Ah jaysus, lovely tune, what name do you have on that now.

Ah jaysus, lovely tune, what name do you have on that now.

The are many tunes that have multiple names and your guess is as good as mine to why that is… however there are some tunes that have the same name, it’s just that the person asking didn’t understand the person who told them, some heavy accents and drink are probably involved and the 1mm gap between the upper and lower lips doesn’t help in terms of pronunciation.

My favourite has to be the tune The Culfadda otherwise known as The Cruel Father (or vice versa)

Do anyone else know other tunes that fall into the same category above

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Tuttle’s Reel aka The Turtle is a good one.

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I always wondered about "Ask Me Father"………………….. as in :
Question - "What’s the name of that one ?"
Reply, "Ask Me Father"

Cathal McConnell used to refer to "Maudabawn Chapel" as "The Reefs" - [ composed by Ed Reavy ].

Johnny Cunningham used to tell a story about how he was once asked to play that old Scottish air, "Come, Eat My Apple" - what was meant was "Cam’ Ye By Atholl".

I guess we’re in the land of the "Mondegreen" here, probably many more to come.

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A fiddler I know plays a hot version of "Hut on Staffin Island" but re-christened it "Huff on Staten Island".

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At the risk of casuing offence, I’ve heard Banish Misfortune oftee called Varnish M’Foreskin

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Carolan’s Draught Excluder

The Star Of Herman Munster

Planxty E Coli

Bonnie Light Horse Manure (a song, I know)

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Planxty Irvine
Planxty Moynihan

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Tatter Jack Walsh from An t’Athair Jack Walsh (Fr. Jack Walsh in Irish)

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My darling’s a sheep

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A Taylor I Am/Tell Her I Am

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Cliffs of Mohair

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I just want to quote a post by joe fidkid some years ago (https://thesession.org/discussions/34749):
"I LOVE that an alternate name for "Jump At The Sun" is "John Patterson’s", supposedly because some folks learned it in a workshop taught by a French player (Patrick Ourceau, maybe?). If you say ‘Jump at the Sun" with an exaggerated French accent, it sounds very much like "John Patterson"! I mean, that is just so awesome. 🙂"

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Didn’t we do these mondogreens a just few days ago?? but anyway, this is an old one from Zina Lee. "The Starving Monster".

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Justin Beiber’s hat

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Crossing the Minch/Crushing the Minge.

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There’s the classic "Tone Row" for "Tonra’s" as in Brendan Tonra’s jig. What would a ‘tone row’ be anyway? Buttons on an accordion?

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I learned that as Tony Rowe’s (from my first box album, "Roll Away the Reel World" by James Keane).

I’ve heard people refer to Oh the Britches as All the Britches, Waiting for the Federals became Waiting for the Fiddler, John Ryan’s polka was called Sean O’Brian’s in some circles here, and then of course Rank-a-lal (!?), oops Drunken Landlady (kudos to a friend of mine for that story).

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Players learned the Concert Reel from an old 78 by fiddler Paddy Sweeny, I had this record in my hands for a while 22 years ago. He followed it with "The Custom Jap." (=Gap, also Tuttle’s/Turtle’s Reel) This was 1939, international tensions and all that I guess.

Another 78 I own is by piper Patrick Fitzpatrick, the Comedy Maid. I guess that was supposed to be "Comely."

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A hundred years ago, someone on the IRTRAD list came up with the funny title The Cat that Kittled in James Mason’s Apron. :D

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Steve Russel for slíamh Russel.

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Marylin kissed the Quaker’s wife

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O’Farrell’s Collection of Limericks

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I heard Liam O’Flynn on the radio explaining what the word ‘clinking’ meant in the name of the tune Kitty got a clinking coming home from the fair.
He said a friend of his had told him that the word described ‘an act of warm, intimate affection’.

I kind of like that as an expression.

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Request to play ‘The Lovely Prison Waltz’ turned out to be ‘By a lonely prison wall’ (Fields of Athenry)

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The Kipper family, i think, used to play The Mason’s a Prune and Stan’s Reel

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She Begs for More.

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I just came to think of the old John Prine song, "That’s the way that the world goes round", where the line "there’s a half an inch of water (and you think you’re gonna drown)" gets misinterpreted:
https://youtu.be/F9DA-u2EhmA?t=6m46s

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Auntie Mary had a canary.

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I’ve just discovered John Prine! I’ve never heard of him before (probably coz I live in Australia). Thanks Jeff!

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Auntie Mary had a canary = Cock O’ The North 🙂

Really, it is.

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But I didn’t dare print the full verse Jim!

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I remember that my granddad used to sing it when I was a kid, and my gran used to tell him off.

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The Shocking Farewell.
The Barnyards at Break of Day.
And her hairy tongue over her shoulder.

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Haste to the Welding?

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Maids of Mount Crisco

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About ten years ago, we had a request from a Russian in Kazakhstan for famous Irish song "The Three Birds" .

You possibly have to be acquainted with Scottish football fans and their quaint interjections to know which song.
("what?" we said.
"Oh, baby, watch the free birds fly!" said the Russian)

Just a couple of weeks ago, we got asked at a ceilidh for a "Split the Widow"

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I like that last one Bren, and will add it to my repertory asap.

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Prompted to post this by Bren’s post above!
At Stonehaven Folk Festival they have a lovely outdoor swimming pool, heated to almost warm bath temperature, but on the Festival Sunday morning they have the celebrated "Aqua ceilidh" to make or break your hangover. So the dances are:
The Spray Gordons
Slip the Willow (that pool has a very slippery bottom)
The Splashing White Sergeant
The Canadian Prawn dance
The Highland Splashische
The Riverside Jig (no change in name required!)
The Slippery Eel (Virginia Reel)
And instead of The Flying Scotsman it became The Sinking Titanic as those at the deeper end of the pool struggled to keep head above water!