This is a lovely tune, both to listen to and to play
And just as a matter of interest, it is playing in the background when Minnie Driver and whatshisname are having a drink in a pub in ‘Good Will Hunting’ - I was dozing on the couch when my children were watching the video so I noticed it! I think recorded by Altan….
Yes, it is recorded by Altan on their album, The Red Crow. I love this tune very much. Thanks for submitting it! 🙂
Here’s my variation on the melody…
| G2 B2 d2 | G2 BG dG | G2 b2> a2 | g2 f2 e2 |
| G2 BG dG | G2 B2 d2 | DF AF AB | c2 B2 A2 |
| G2 BG dG | G2 B2 d2 | G2 b2> a2 | g2 f2 e2 |
| dg3 AB/c/ | d2 c2 A2 | G3 BAF | G4 fg |
| a2> f2 e2 |d4 AB | c2 b2> a2 | g2 f2 e2 |
| d2> e2 d2 | B2 A2 B2 | DF AF AB | cD BD AD |
| G2 BG dG | G2 BG dG | G2 b2> a2 | g2 f2 e2 |
| dg3 AB/c/ | d2 c2 A2 | G3 BAF | G6 |
Tommy Bhetty’s Waltz
"A beaufiful, unusual waltz from a neighbour of Ciaran Curran, Tommy ‘Bhetty’ Maguire, a fiddler from Kinawley, County Fermanagh." —- from the sleeve notes of "Altan: the first ten years."
Yes, the band used to play a lot of Fermanagh tunes.
I listened to different playings of this tune and I definitely like the Altans version most. It’s unusual but groovy as well. I love it!
It stands on its own and doesn’t need any second tune.
Re: Tommy Bhetty’s
Lovely tune. Agree re the Altan setting though it’s lovely also on Noel Battle/Roisin Broderick’s CD, "Up and About in the Morning."
Why is it referred to in some places as Cooley’s Waltz? Which Cooley?