I don’t know anything about this tune, except that it was one of the earliest tunes I learnt. At least 35 years ago. Maybe more. I’ve found it elsewhere in the net but not here. Interestingly, the one or two other instances on the net seem to be pretty much identical to mine.
One says that it’s in Ceol Rince 1, so I suppose it is. Who knows? I could have just lifted it from there a long time ago. I have an itchy, sneaking feeling that I didn’t though …
… oh, and I was very tempted not to leave a comment at all …
Thanks for not giving in to temptation, it would have only been for spite. 😛
“Ceol Rince na hÉireann – Cuid 1”
Dublin, Oifig an tSoláthair, 1963
Page 50, tune #123
T: Mothar Riabhógach
B: CRÉ 1, Breandán Breathnach
S: George Rowley - fiddler
EAAB cBce | dB ~B2 gB ~B2 | EAAB cBce | dBGA BA A2 |
EAAB cBce | dB ~B2 gB ~B2 | A3 B cBce | dBGA BA A2 ||
eaag abag | efga gedg | eaag abaf | geGA BA A2 |
eaag abag | efga gfga | gAAB cBce | dBGA BA A2 |]
"Thanks for not giving in to temptation, it would have only been for spite. 😛"
Glad I looked in here today - that’s a nice tune. Has a genuine ring about it. I think the title means roughly the ‘rough or ruined fort’
It is a nice tune, isn’t it? Always been one of my favourites.
There’s loads more trad tunes that aren’t on here yet. One day I may post another one. 😀
Yeah, I can never quite understand that often expressed view that ‘everything’ is already on site when someone is reminded of Jeremy’s request for at least five tunes for every one self composed… 😏 And there’s all those that dropped off when certain contributors left here completely, tunes and comments with them…
Anyone got more Rowley tunes? Did he ever get recorded?
Recordings of George "Rawley" Rowley
There are two cuts of George at the Comhaltas Archives. One includes the reel listed here as Sonny’s Return: https://thesession.org/tunes/2083/details Before that is another reel he composed, according to the MC, Fr. Lyons, on the tape anyway; title is Dervil’s Favourite. It has a familiar ring to it.
George also contributed a favorite tune of mine to CRE 1, the Leitrim Reel. I learned that from an old acetate of NYC musicians from Sligo/Leitrim; great tune but never encountered anyone who was familiar with it.
according to the comments its a Paddy O’Brien
me likey !!!
At least one likely inspired the other, and maybe in the attempt to remember or some other moment of confusion. In this case we have similarities that are strong, one a single reel and he other a double… I like them both…
I’ve checked the O’Brien collection, which hasn’t everything ascribed to his inspirations, "Easter Snow" isn’t there…