Gan Ainm Mazurka
Source: "Maiden Voiage" ( Trad. Irish Music from Pepper’s Bar, Feakle, Co. Clare )
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta
Bit of a mess. This tune is a mazurka by Tommy Peoples.
Something is awry with the notation version of gan ainms posted recently. The ABCs differ, but the notation for the last three are all identical.
I suppose to make the record complete I should point out that the problem has been repaired.
This tune appears on Track 15 of Kevin Crawford’s cd In Good Company, with Tommy Peoples on fiddle. Kevin cites Tommy as the composer of this mazurka and so it is called Tommy Peoples’.
X:2 ~ “The Walking Stick” ~ C: Tommy Peoples ~ both 2 & 3-part (later addition) versions exist
S: CD: “Éamonn Coyne: Through the Round window” ~ first tune, track 3 - followed by a set of jigs
N: “~ a mazurka from the Donegal tradition I got from Siobhán Peoples.”
Dermot Byrne – button accordion
Éamonn Coyne – mandolin & tenor guitar
Cíarán Curran - bouzouki
Too bad Éamonn didn’t think to ask for the title and composer. :-D This is a lovely reclording, great playing, only ruined a little (IMHO) by the naff combination of this lovely mazurka with jigs. Why? All are played beautifully, but I’d have rather another couple of mazurkas instead with the jigs as a set on their own? It’s almost as bad as throwing away jigs by suddenly doing the cute thing of jumping into reels. There’s a kind of a drunk cowboy “YAHOO!” about it, up on the buckin’ bronco in the local pub…
Through the Round Window
I’ve never minded the jigs following on from the mazurka. In fact, it’s a contender for my favourite track on the album.
“The Walking Stick” ~ C: Tommy Peoples ~ for another transcription of this tune
AABBCC ~ or ~ AABBAACC (trio) - - -
This is actually called The Silver Slipper. It used to be a two part tune but Tommy added a third in recent years. I love this tune and mazurkas in general.