I feel an idiot - I learnt it in the wrong key.
I learnt "The Acrobat" in the wrong key - 5 tones higher in D, but I’ve discovered everyone plays it much lower in G normally. When it was said to be very difficult, I believed it as I skittered right up the neck of the fiddle to top C sharps and D’s in places. Then I wanted to see how other fiddlers managed this tune and discovered everyone plays it at least 4-5- tones lower. No going up the neck of the fiddle at all! I feel like an idiot not to have realized that couldn’t possibly be right could it?
Never mind, I’ve sussed out , that playing it really high suits the tin whistle and flute perfectly - just doesn’t suit the fiddle at all!
Now all I’ve got to do is find some insane tin whistler who is up for it!