This cloak seems to get about a bit. I’ve seen it come from a few places, including I think Spain
The Munster Cloak
Eamon Butler said that this was one of the oldest Irish mazurkas,and it was originally a Spanish melody.
A small point but the marked time signature doesn’t match the dots. As the tune seems to be a mazurka, it would make more sense to change semiquavers to quavers etc, rather than change the time signature to 3/8. (Is a mazurka just a quickish waltz, or is it more complicated than that?)
See “An Fhallaingin Mhuimhneach” on this website for other comments about this tune. (Time signature and note values correspond “correctly” under the other listing.)
There’s a nice recording of the song Maid on the Mountain, which uses essentially the same tune, on Joe Burke, Michael Cooney, & Terry Corcoran’s Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part (Green Linnet).
“The Corries” on “Youtube”….
Scottish folk duo “The Corries” recorded a version of this tune on their “Kishmul’s Galley” LP, released in 1968. There were 2 instrumental tracks on it, and they got the titles the wrong way round. This track is listed as “Doran’s Favourite” on the sleeve, and the other as “The Spanish Shawl”, which isn’t that far away from “The Spanish Cloak”.
I found this clip on “Youtube” after reading a discussion on the “Chiff & Fipple” website. The lady who made the clay figures is married to a very fine accordion player who used to play in sessions in Aberdeen, and her brother works for my brother ! Small world.
Look out for the guest bodhran player in the clip !
A mazurka is a waltz with a little hop in it. You can hear the hop in the tune.
Re: The Munster Cloak
A few years ago I stumbled across a Youtube of a young woman singing An Ḟallaigín Ṁuiṁneaċ/The Munster Cloak. I think it was recorded in Tigh Neachtain in Galway, as part of an RTE broadcast. Next time I went to look at the video it had been taken down for “copyright reasons” (sic). Has anyone been able to track down this or any other recording of the vocal version of this song?
Re: The Munster Cloak
An here’s the original Spanish melody, as a friend of mine made me aware of today. I used to be a classical pianist and I’ve played this piece. Can’t believe I didn’t make the connection 🙂