The Castlebar Races
I love this tune: it should be played more at sessions. The only albums I have with it on are Dervish’s "Harmony Hill" (as a nameless "jig in G"), and an album by Terry Bingham (as "Tommy People’s"). I call it "The Castlebar Races", and it is listed on the JC index as such, but with only the B part transcribed. The version written here is the one played on the Dervish album.
Thanks for the name. I agree, it’s a lovely tune. I learnt it from an unknown accordion player I recorded off the radio about 7 years ago.
I learned this off of Dervish as well, though I thought they called it Apples in Winter. Of course it is completely unlike the other (more widely known) Apples in Winter.
I play it slightly differently than Dow’s setting, to wit:
|:G/G/GB d2 d|edB dBA|G/G/GB d2 g|edB AGE|
|G/G/GB d2 d|edB def|gfe dBA|Bee dBA:||
|:g/g/ga bge|f/f/fg afd|g/g/ga bge|edB GBd|
|g/g/ga bge|f/f/fg afd|gbg faf|efg edB:||
You can simplify those triplets in the B part by just playing the first notes as quarters: |g2 a bge|f2 g afd| etc.
Not Apples In Winter
"Apples In Winter" was the 3rd tune in that set on track 1, played in Bm. It’s usually in Em and that setting has been posted on this site. The whole set was called "Apples In Winter" after that last tune, but if you look in the inlay there’s information about the separate tunes in the set. The first tune in the set was this one in G, which is the "Castlebar Races" (sorry to be pedantic!).
No, Mark, I do appreciate your pedantry, 🙂 I learned the set without ever seeing the cd or its liner notes, so whoever played it for me gave me the name just based on the name for the whole set. I’m very glad to know it now as Castlebar Races. I had a hunch that Apples in Winter was a miscue, which is why I didn’t post it as an alternate name for the tune. Thanks for clearing this up for me.
…And since you haven’t got access to the liner notes: Dervish call the second tune in the set "Leitrim Town", originally posted on this site as "The Whinny Hills of Leitrim" - I know you play it because I see you’ve posted the version you play in the "comments" section!
Great info, thanks Dow!
After several attempts at getting the apostrophe in the wrong place, and pressing the "enter" key by accident, I’ve finally managed to include the correct alternative name…
Tommy Peoples’/Castelbar Races by Terry Bingham
T:Castlebar Races, The
S:Terry Bingham_Traditional Irish Music from Doolin Co. Clare
|:~G3 dGG|edB dBA|~G3 dGd|edB AGE|
~G3 dGG|edB def|gfe dBA|Bee dBA:|
|:gfg bge|f2g afd|gfg bge|edB GBd|
gfg bge|f2g aga|bag agf|egg edB:|
Compare this version with another one, which Harry Bradley recorded under the same name: https://thesession.org/tunes/1205
Hammy Hamilton recorded the one similiar to mine and Harry’s as Mist in the Meadow. I think two jigs are defferent enough while they share the similar second part.
F major setting
Posted as "James O’ Byrne’s" https://thesession.org/tunes/2845/comments#comment69130
“The Flying Dutchman”
& for another setting ~
Submitted on September 6th 2003 by timo.
A similar tune: https://thesession.org/tunes/2272
This tune and "The Flying Dutchman" in my sense resolve on the ‘B’, making both tunes B Phrygian…
Phrygian my arse — ‘c’ you need to start taking your pills again 🙂
T: Castlebar Races
is linked to "lost and found" while not more to the correct one
"Mist In The Meadow"….
|:f|gdB BAB|GBA GBd|gdB BAB|GBd e2f|
gdB BAB|GBA GBd|gfe fdB|ABd e2:|
|:f|gfg bge|fef afd|gfg bge|fed e2f|
gfg bge|fef afd|gfe fdB|ABd e2:|
Maybe it was the pills… 😉
No matter how much I want more phrygian, you can’t make a gill net hold water, unless of course it’s frozen… 😏
This jig is listed as The Galway Rambler on Mayo flute player Paul Smyth’s solo recording. I thought it’s just a simple mistake, but the two tunes in fact sound similar in the first part.
Paddy Keenan’s setting of this is one of the finest. Starts out a lot like Boys of the Town, so watch out.
As Lost and Found Jig it’s on the great Kitty Hayes Rememebered CD (2009) She played it in F along the C row on the C/G Anglo and very nice it is too, I’m working on that key , she fudged the Bflat , probably because she started on a two row which doesn’t have that note. Maybe pipers played the C pipes when it was introduced to concertina players in the early days . As my Grannie came from Castlebar that alternative title is a nice way to fix it in my head.
Lost And Found, not Castlebar Races
Sorry folks, I made a mistake with the name of this tune when I originally posted it a decade ago. The only place I could find a name for it was on JC’s, so I went with that title. Unfortunately, whoever did the transcription I was looking at had mixed it up with the real Castlebar Races as recorded in the 1920s by James Morrison https://thesession.org/tunes/1205. I changed the main title entry a couple of years ago when I realised my mistake. I’ve now gone a step further and deleted "Castlebar Races" from the alternative titles as I can’t find any recordings of it under that title and it’s just confusing since the B-parts of the 2 tunes are so similar.
This tune I posted seems to have been recorded most often by the name The Lost And Found Jig (some of these have been mentioned above, e.g. Kitty Hayes, Paddy Keenan both solo and with James Kelly). Apparently the tune’s name was applied when it resurfaced in a collection of recordings made by south County Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman (1895-1945), in New York, a year before his death. This may also account for the "Coleman’s Maid On The Green" title, which appears on Tribute to Andy McGann by Joe Burke, Brian Conway & Felix Dolan.
(Apologies to Frank_Flute)
Paddy Keenan Version
Closer to the way Paddy plays this tune.