The Old Man With Three Thumbs
I got this from Gabe McVarish’s fiddle workshop, Gaelic College, Skye, July 2004. The title Gabe gave it as was ‘An Bodach Io Tri Ordachen’ (if I have deciphered his handwriting correctly). I have also seen ‘Am Bodach le Tri Ordagan’ in Ho-Ro-Gheallaidh Scootish Session Tunes Vol.3. Maybe a fluent gaelic speaker could help straighten this out.
Curious tune anyhow with a hint of Jenny Dang the Waver about it.
Whoops that shoudl be ‘Weaver’ not ‘Waver’
Waver is a river near where I live - maybe will make a good title for a new tune someday
Here’s the Jenny Dang…tune for comparison
I am an old man and I apparently type using three thumbs 🙂
Now I’ve got it. I thought the name rang a bell. You were on the banjo/bouzouki course as well with Colm O’Rua, if my mind serves me correctly.
That’s right - i did Colm’s course two years in a row and the second time we were lucky to be able to join a different class for the final session each day - so I chose to do fiddle with Gabe. Learnt a lot from them both
On the "Piper and the Maker" I hear the d and f reversed in the B part, 2nd and 6th bars e.g. (3eee fd.
I hear the similarity to ‘Jenny Dang the Weaver’ as well, the odd numbered bars mostly.
Did Gabe say who or where the tune came from?