Loughcurra

tunebook 246 tunes.

sometimes I’m here, sometimes I’m there

For anyone who might like to play them, and thanks to the select few who do, these are a few of my own tunes:

X: 1
T: Loughcurra
N: A resurrected reel, the shape of which started off at our cottage near Kinvara as a variation
N: on the Cottage in the Glen. It changed much later into the different shape it has here.
C: Mark Priestley
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K:Emin
F|EAAG ABcd|eaaf gedf|eAAG ABce|dBGB dBGF|
EAAG ABcd|eaaf gedz|eAAG ABcA|GEcE EDD2:||
eaaf gfgb|aeef edBd|eaag abc’a|gece d2(3Bcd|
eAAG ABce|dBGB dBGF|EAAG ABcA|GEcE EDD2:||

X: 2
T: The Squirrel
N: This reel emerged, in the way that tunes do, while practising the flute and looking out
N: at the garden. The squirrels would run about the fence and the lime tree and something
N: in their twists and turns set this tune running.
C: Mark Priestley
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
E|:FAAF ~G2FG|AdAF GFED|FAAF GABc|dAFD ~E2DE|
FAAF ~G2FG|AdAF GFEz|1dAFD EFGA|BAFA ~d2AG:|2dAFD EFGA|BAFA d2de||
|:fdde fdBA|FABd ~e2de|fdde fdBA|(3Bcd ef ~d3e|
fdde fdBA|FABd ~e2de|1faaf gfed|edef ~d2de:|2faaf gfed|edef d3z||

X: 3
T: The New Year
C: Mark Priestley
N: Unsurprisingly, this jig was penned on New Year’s morning (I forget which year). It was
N: originally transcribed in this key on the whistle but might as often be played on
N: the flute transposed up a fifth to B minor.
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Emin
c|:BEF ~G2B|AFD DEF|GAB AGF|EG(B B)zc|
BEF ~G2B|AFD DEF|GFG EFG|1FD(A A)zc:|2FD(A A)GA||
|:~B2e efg|fed cBA|cBA GAB|AGF EFG|
AFD BGE|cBA GAB|AGF EFG|1FD(A A)GA:|2FD(A A)z2||

X: 4
T: Desmond Hickey (Annesbrook Gardens)
N: Composed March 2007 on the death of the artist Desmond Hickey, late of Annesbrook
N: House, Duleek, Co. Meath, The opening notes follow the song of two garden birds.
R: jig (or a waltz)
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ag|:ffA fgf|eeA efe|ddA BBF|GAB ede|
ffA fgf|eeA efe|ddA BBF|1GBd e2e:|2GAB EGA||
|:~B3 Bcd|AFD DFA|~B3 Bcd|eag f2d|
~B3 Bcd|AFD DFA|~B3 Bcd|1efe dGA:|2efe d3||

X: 5
T: Joan Sarsfield (Valentine’s Day)
N: This waltz was written on Valentine’s day 2014 during the last days of Joan’s final
N: illness and I played it at her funeral.
C: Mark Priestley
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
R: waltz
K: Dmaj
DE|:F3E D2|F2G2A2|B3AF2|E3F GA|B2A2F2|e3dB2|B4A2|A4DE|
|F3ED2|F2G2A2|B3AF2|E3FA2|f3ed2|B2A2B2|1d6|d4DE:|2d6|d3fg2||
|:a4f2|f3ed2|b2a2g2|f3ef2|a3g fe|d2B2A2|e6|e2f2g2|
|a4f2|f3ed2|b2a2g2|f3ef2|a3fe2|d2B2A2|1d6|d3fg2|2d6|d4z2:||

X: 6
T: The Back Stitch
N: I learned some great tune settings from Kevin and Sean Maloney’s recording Bridging the Gap.
N: Sean told me that his great grandfather James had learned and played the flute in Yorkshire
N: and I was able to find the family in the 1881 Census records in Halifax. This simple reel
N: was composed the next day. The title was inspired by the connection with the Tailor’s Fancy.
N: The starting notes are from Sean Ryan’s Blocker’s reel, which I was learning from the CD at the time.
N: It’s similar in places to Paddy O’Brien’s reel Tonn Tienne.
C: Mark Priestley
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bcdc BGDG|EAAG ABce|dBG2 dBAG|FGAF DEFD|
Bcdc BGDG|EAAG ABce|dBGB dBAG|1. FGAF ~G3c|2. FGAF G2Bc |
d2Bd efge|dBcd eAA2|GFGA Bcde|fgaf ~d2Bc|
d2 ((3Bcd) efge|dBcd eAA2|GFGA BcdB|AGFA ~G3||