I have this tune from Joe Dowling, a box player from over Castlecomer way on the Carlow/ Kilkenny border. It seems to be closely related to the The Trip to Cullenstown, here as https://thesession.org/tunes/2996 and you could easily enough substitute the two parts of that tune in without breaking the flow. This latter tune is usually attributed to Phil Murphy who lived at/ near Cullenstown (Beach) in Co.Wexford - only a few miles from Carlow.
I should mention that Joe is at a guess, in his seventies, and playing the box since he was a child and picked up the music from his father and family etc. It’s a fairly simple tune and Joe throws in lots of little variations, so it’s hard to know sometimes whether these are just variations or separate parts. Sometimes he repeats the parts, othertimes not! It’s a grand tune though and he weaves a lovely path through it with all the wee changes.
I think it may just be one of those tunes that’s in the old common repetoire and the Trip to Cullenstown is the Murphy’s version of same while this is what Joe has. I’ll ask him again when I see him if he can think what name he has for it .
Personally, I just think it’s Joe’s version of the Trip to Cullenstown. There’s some lovely little twists in this version and its worth putting in the comments section of Trip to Cullenstown in the database. But, that said, I don’t think it deserves a spot of its own in the tunes section.
Agreed, it’s from the same family. But there are many examples of tunes that have a common heritage but differ according to the part of the country they are played in.
It’s interesting that Joe Dowling plays this with at least 4 parts, wheras the Trip to Cullenstown generally has 2. So perhaps Joe’s version is the older ‘original’ tune.
Must have been the fairies…
Shall we call it "The Revenge of the Fairies" or "The Guiness Empire Strikes back again" ?
"Shall we call it "The Revenge of the Fairies" or "The Guiness Empire Strikes back again" ?"
did you guys write it ?
Sorry, bogman, I just have tried the tune and I like it. Some variations:
|: B2Bd ed2B | Bd2B AGGE | DB2A BAGE | GABG BAA2 |
| Bd2e dBAG | BAGA GEDG | B2BA G E2 D | DEGA BGG2 :|
|: Bdde ce2d | Bd2B AGGE | DBBA Bdef | gedB BAA2 |
| Bdde de2 d| BAGA GEDG | B2BA G E2 D | DEGA BGG2 :|
I like the tune too. fiddlecraver, where did you get it from? Is it trad or a new tune?
The Trip to Cullenstown?
Sorry for the duplication
Ahhh!… no wonder i was thinking about this tune…
I do like my variations on it so I put the abcs on the the Cullen link.