“The Humours of Glynn” tune style variants
Mandolin/bouzouki player Karl Kersey inspired me to track down and transcribe the waltz “The Humours of Glynn” after he played it at our local session last week. I had never heard it before and thought it was really lovely.
The version he played was essentially the same as this waltz version by “Ye Vagabonds” on two mandolins:
While there were several tunes here with that same name, none of them matched the tune Karl played, as far as I could tell. I added my transcription here:
Looking for other recordings and trying to learn more about the origin of the tune, I was very pleased to find this piping version by Brian MacNamara, which couldn’t be more different than the mandolin version:
I’m very interested in Brian’s interpretation of the tune.
It’s listed as a “Jig” on his video, and his playing is much straighter than the waltz version, but it’s still in three groups of three. His version is almost like a hop jig, but not quite.
It reminds me of Brian’s recording of the single jigs “Hug the Bundle - Maloney’s - Thomas Reilly Clerk of Fore” which took me forever to hear as single jigs and not as a swung reels.
Anyone have some insight into this?