Paddy Sean Nancy
This is a Sligo reel ~ Paddy Sean Nancy was a uilleann piper from Doocastle. Ususally played single, but somewhere I heard it played part A double and part B single, but that could have been someone having fun. I nifty little tune.
Anyone know if Paddy Sean Nancy was connected with John Watt Henry? The other Paddy Sean Nancy reel posted (a different one) has an alternate name of John Watt Henry’s.
Did you mean for your rolls (~) to be on the long notes? In other words, though the 2nd bar of the B-part - B ~d2 B - has me confused. Maybe you could explain what you think happens there?
|: E |\
D3 A B2 Ac | BG ~G2 DEGE | D2 Ac BABc |dBAG EGG :|
|: A |\
Bd ~d2 edgd | B ~d2 B AGEG | Bd ~d2 efge | dBcA BGG :|
I guess I think of it as a short roll or a flick, or anything else of interest.
That’s a little different spin on this tune:
#151 in Ceol Rince na hEireann no.2
Actually, I don’t think it’s a duplication, it’s a totally different tune ~ there are some similarities, but it does seem quite different. However, thanks ~ I have a track with first Paddy Sean Nancy’s, then Road to Ballymote, and always wondered the name of the second one. They’re both from County Sligo, it looks.
Also, Teada recorded this tune under the name of Paddy Sean Nancy’s, so the information I have on that is from them.
I’m using my six-sided die to summon Dow…..
No, I wouldn’t call it a duplication either. Even the repeating bar theme of ~ | dB ~B2 cA ~A2 | ~ in "The Road to Ballymote" works against that idea, in my mind. But it’s an interesting comparison. But here’s a reduction of that for a closer look between the two, out of curiosity ~
T: Road To Ballymote, The
R: reel, single
|: DGBd d2 Bd | dB B2 cA A2 | DGBc dgec | dBAc BG G2 :|
|: gfgd e2 e2 | dB B2 cA A2 |[1 gfgd e/f/g dB | dBAc BG G2 |
[2 GABd egfa | gedc BG G2 |]
T: Paddy Sean Nancy’s
|: E | D3 A B2 Ac | BG ~G2 DEGE | D2 Ac BABc |dBAG EGG :|
|: A | Bd ~d2 edgd | B ~d2 B AGEG | Bd ~d2 efge | dBcA BGG :|
I’d love these in a set together… 😀
~ | dBAc BG G2 :|[2
Oops on Ballymote, I forgot the repeat sign on the B-part… 😏
(cough, cough, wheeze! ~ seeking the sympathy vote.)
Wizards have to rest
I guess I have to accept the opinion of a Level 20 Wizard (hope your powers are restored soon ceol!) The version of Paddy Sean Nancy’s I learned off Diarmuid O’Brien’s CD sounds a lot closer to the Ballymote tune. I also have to agree with c about the B ~d2 B - it’s a great tune though
Hi airport. Sorry - have to agree with ceolachan and enirehtac here. These two tunes have recently become popular in Sydney played together as a set, with this one first - Paddy Sean Nancy’s, then the other tune The Road to Ballymote (aka Johnny Watt Henry’s. However, I do find that this tune is duplicated, albeit with an extra 3rd part in the middle - look here https://thesession.org/tunes/5435. I’ve x-referenced them.
Paddy Sean Nancy’s, X:4
This how I hear it played by Libby McCrohan, Cormac Begley, Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich and Seán Hughes (it’s second tune in the set):
Paddy Sean Nancy’s, X:5
This tune is called "Johnny Henry’s" by Paul Smyth and is the first of a set of three reels on the second band of his most recent CD, "Paul Smyth". In the YouTube discussion to the setting which Jeff Lindqvist gives by Libby McCrohan, Cormac Begley, Clíodhna Ní Bheaglaoich & Seán Hughes, Christoph Zeiler notes, "these two reels have been recorded under the name Paddy Sean Nancy’s Reels by Johnny Henry, but more often than not they are called Johnny Henry’s or Johnny Watt Henry’s". [The first reel is ‘The Road to Ballymote’.] Paul’s version is significantly different from the many other John Henry’s which have been recorded by, among others, Catherine McEvoy, Matt Molloy and Claire Mann, and it is also very different from the other tunes given here. Perhaps, Jeremy, who is normally a ‘lumper’, may prefer to be a ‘splitter’ here and give this tune an entry of its own. Paul takes it at a very good clip, and it is great fun to play. He follows it with Sergeant Early’s Dream and The Girl Who Broke My Heart.
Paddy Sean Nancy’s, X:7
Two ways I’ve heard it played