C is for Craic
Quite possibly my favorite tune of the moment, this one comes from the playing of fiddler Willie Kelly. It appears on his CD with fluter Mike Rafferty "The New Broom". Most of the CD is comprised of duets with the aforementioned Mr. Rafferty, but this tune is one of several lovely solos by Willie. While the duets on this CD are excellent (& with fine bozouki accompaniment by Donal Clancy, I might add), I found myself waiting for the solos to hear what each player sounded like individually, so sympathetic was their playing together! The tune is named for the 1983 All-Ireland Senior Fiddle Champion of the same name, from whom Willie says he got the tune. He also indicated that Jimmy McBride has since then passed away; if this tune is any indication of this man’s music, then we’ve been robbed of quite a lot…
I’m fairly certain that this is the version of the "Barmaid" in "C", as recorded by Brendan McGlinchey, and certainly by Cathal Hayden. I seem to remember an obituary to Jimmy McBride in "Treoir" some years ago. Again, this is subject to the vagaries of the memory banks, but I think he was killed in a car crash, and was only in his 20s at the time. A very sad loss, indeed. I thought this might have been here already, but apparently not. I think it can stand on it’s own, as it’s so different from the better-known reel in "D".
Dude. I’ve been listening to this tune non-friggin’-stop. Glad we’re on the same page here, Jay.
You’re right Kenny. This gets played in Sydney as "The Maid Behind The Bar in C". There are a few phrases that remind you of the Barmaid and Maids of Castlebar family of tunes, but it’s really a different tune isn’t it?
Randal Bays plays this as "The Haymaker" on his album "Out of the Woods." Great little tune.
Paddy Cronin also called this The Haymaker on his Rakish Paddy LP, indeed perhaps that’s where Randal got it. Years ago I got a tape with a pub recording of Kevin Glackin playing "McGlinchey’s Reels," this one and Splendid Isolation. Nice to have the McBride title for it, as that’s the one on various recordings I have.
Here is a wonderful performance by a talented young lady in a Comhaltas Live video
(2nd tune in the set of Reels)
Haymaker as played by Chicago Reel
|: E4 E3G |EDCD (3EFG cA |dc (3ccc dcAc| dc (3ccc dcAG|
E4 E3G |EDCD (3EFG cA |dc (3ccc dcAE|1 GEDG ECCD :|2 GEDG EC C2 ||
eg ^fg ec ~c2 | ecgc ec ~c2 | e2 ag ed (3ddd| edad ed (3ddd |
eg (3ggg aged | (3ccc cA d2 cd| (3edc dc AGcA| GEDF EC C2 |
(3ggg ^fa gc ~c2 | Gc ~c2 cdeg| ^fd ~d2 defg| (3agf fe fedf |
ec ~c2 AFGc | AF ~F2 Ad ~d2 | dcdc AGcA| GEDF ED C2 ||
Brendan McGlinchey - Live at the West London Folk Club 1973
Cathal Hayden - Handed Down
Jimmy McBride- some tunes to remember him by
Found this lovely clip on Youtube of Jimmy McBride himself from 1984. He’s not playing the tune which bears his name here, instead playing the Ed Reavy tune "Fisherman’s Island" followed by a Martin Mulhaire tune, "Carmel O’Mahoney’s". My thoughts as posted above (concerning Jimmy’s untimely death) are confirmed, Ladies & Gents: WE’VE BEEN ROBBED. Heaven only knows the fiddler he might have become…🙁
Jimmy McBride’s/Haymaker/Paddy Cronin’s/Maid Behind the Bar
Recordings of this tune (as opposed to the more common Maid Behind the Bar) that I’ve found in my collection are:
Mike Rafferty & Willie Kelly - The New Broom
Jim McKillop & Mary Mulholland - Wind that Shakes the Barley
Josephine Keegan - Reels, Jigs, Hornpipes, Airs
Vincent Griffin - Traditional Fiddle Music from County Clare
Cruinniú - The Teach Ceoil Concerts - Corofin Trad Fest 2002-2011
Natalie MacMaster - Fit as a Fiddle
Mac Dara O Raghallaigh - Ego Trip
Sorcha Costelloe - Unfolding
Troy MacGillivray - Eleven
Matt Cranitch - Give it Shtick
The Yanks - Haymaker
Jimmy McBride’s, X:6
As played in Cape Breton (some players listed by GaryAMartin above) and called, simply, (The) Maid Behind The Bar.