Yup, another ‘gan ainm’, but it’s not like there’s any shortage of these. I have taken the customary steps of searching for a name and any other roots to this, but, alas, no luck so far. So, as sometimes happens when I’m faced with the nameless, I go public to see if one or more of you might have a clue, as currently, no surprises there, I’m clueless… :-/ 8-)
I was again reminded of this one while exploring YouTube at the behest ( more of a ‘command’ than a request :-) ) of a friend ~ with the main focus to be on the piping at the end, part of a continuing conversation and appreciation about and for the uilleann pipes and pipers. I then checked to see if it was here on site already, but, there too, I didn’t manage to find it. I was surprised I hadn’t already added it. If it is a duplication, let me know. But even more important, if you’re familiar with it and you have your own way with it, or your local, please add a transcription and any tales you might like to share as well. Here’s a fragment of this played silly fast at the beginning of this YouTube from "The Pure Drop" / "Come West Along the Road":
Catching it all would be a half hour well spent… ;-) I only wish they hadn’t edited it as heavily as they have, the chat having great value too, and I’ve a fondness for the earlier program "The Pure Drop"…
Re: Gan Ainm
There is a song in Irish to this air,
Óro, a bhuachaillín, seol do bhó,
Seol agus seol agus seol go deo,
Óró, a bhuachaillín, seol do bhó,
Is fág ar an iomaire bán í.
The Wonders Of Mayo
Heard this at my local session and couldn’t find it here. An ABC search eventually turned up this, which has a nearly identical A part (but a somewhat different B):
which in turn points back to Ceol Rince na hÉireann, where it’s listed as a Gan Ainm. It’s tune 76, and the notes are:
"Another jig from the fiddler John Henry: see the note on number 71 above. it would be a quadrille jig, probably, in County Mayo: it is played as a slide in Munster. Known as the signature tune for the television programme Come West Along the Road on RTÉ 1, a series on traditional music from the archives of RTÉ which is produced by Tony McMahon and presented by Nicholas Carolan."
I’ve no idea where the name "The Wonders Of Mayo" comes from and an internet search doesn’t give many clues.
The Wonders Of Mayo, X:3
Here’s the version I actually heard here in Austin.
Re: The Wonders Of Mayo
Aha - this tune is also called "Oró A Bhuachaillín" (aka "Hey, Little Boy"), and by that name it does turn up on this recording:
Which you can hear on Spotify here:
Both of these recordings support the B section from the 2nd setting rather than the first.
Re: Oró A Bhuachaillín
I’ve updated the main title to be Oró A Bhuachaillín, since there are more references to that (and recordings with that name I can find).