Willie’s Fling strathspey

Also known as Clancy’s, Willie’s Single.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Willie's Fling has been added to 19 tunebooks.

Download ABC

Two settings

X: 1
T: Willie's Fling
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d>BG>B (3AGE G>E|D>G (3BAG A2B>c|d>BG>B (3AGE G>E|1 D>G (3BAG A2 G>B:|2 D>G (3BAG A2 G>A||
B>de>f g2e>d|B>dg>e d>BG>A|B>de>f g2g>e|d>BG>B A2 G>A|
B>de>f g2e>d|B>dg>e d>BG>A|B>de>f gzg2|g2g>b (3agf g>e||
X: 2
T: Willie's Fling
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:e>AA>c (3BAF A>F|E>A c>A B2(3ABc|e>AA>c (3BAF A>F|E>A c>B A2 (3ABc:|
d>e (3gfe a2 (3afe|c>ea>f e>c (3ABc|d>e (3gfe a2(3agf|e>cA>c (3BcB (3ABc|
d>e (3gfe a2 (3afe|c>ea>f e>c (3ABc|d>e (3gfe a2(3aaa|a2A>c (3BAF A>f||

Five comments

Willie’s Fling / Single Jig

I first heard this tune played as a single jig on Breda Keville’s solo recording, and then re-discovered it as a fling on one of old mini disc recordings of radio programme "Culan." It is the piper Jimmy O’Brien-Moran who plays this piece after "Garrai Na Saileog," which is more commonly known as "Miss Galvin’s": https://thesession.org/tunes/624

And I recently got Harry Bradley and Michael Clarkson’s flute duet album, where this tune is played as a single jig again. I’m still not sure whether it is a fling or a single jig, but personally prefer it as a fling.

Anyway, as the last tune of the set you could add this phrase at the end of the second part: d>Bc>A B>G (3EDE|Gz G6||
That’s how Breda Keville and Jimmy O’Brien-Moran do, and most likely how Willie Clancy did on his recording.

This isn’t the only case of a fling being called a single jig on a recording, or a barndance being transcribed that way as well, because of the swing in them… However, the classic melodic structures for a fling and a single jig are not the same…

There’s another such tune on a recording listed ‘wrongly’ as a single jig that I’ve been meaning to pull out and add here. I’ll see if I can find it again and give that some time… 😏