The Rakes of Invercairn
transcripted this tune from a recording by Gerry O’Connor, Journeyman
dont know anything else about this tune.
probably scottish origin
What do the dollar signs mean?
Line breaks, I think (given the (3:2:3 form of the triplet.
T: Rakes Of Invercairn
ec | A2 (3cBA eAcA | Bcde f2 ed | cA (3AAA eAcA | EFAB BAec |
A2 (3cBA eAcA |Bcde f2 ed | cA (3AAA eAcA | EFAB BAag ||
f2 ed cdec | Bcde fB B2 | f2 ed cdec | EFAB BAag |
f2 ed cdec | Bcde fB B2 | f2 ae f2 ec | EFAB BA |]
^this is it tidied up a tad
"Line breaks, I think (given the (3:2:3 form of the triplet."
Let me rephrase:
The dollar signs may well be line breaks in some version of an ABC editor, given their position after every 4 bars. The strange form of the triplet notation also leads me to believe that it is a result of a particular ABC editor.
There. Much better :-)
I’m just glad someone else took this one. 8-)
ups sry gotta fix that abc
This tune is in the Fermanagh Gunn MS in the key of G and is in the book ‘Hidden Fermanagh’ as ‘The Rakes of Inverary’. I think ‘Invercairn’ is probably correct (it’s an old MS). It also appears in the Donnellan MS - which is where Gerry would have got it from. It sounds very Scottish, and judging by its inclusion in the above MSs, was popular in N Ireland in the C19th. Any info on the Scottish links to this tune would be appreciated.
Here’s the version of the tune that Josephine Keegan includes (as reel #129) in her tunebook A Drop in the Ocean:
T:Rakes Of Invercarney, The
D | G2 BG dGBG | Eeed eAAB | (3GGG BG dGBG | DEGA BGGF |
| G2 BG dGBG |Eeed eAAB | (3GGG BG dGBG | DEGA BG G :|:
f|g2 dg egdA | Beed eAAf | g2 dg egdB | DEGA BGGf |
g2 dg egdA | Beed eAAf | geaf gfed | Bedc BG G |]