Fort Of The Daft Woman reel

Also known as The Fort Of The Daft Woman.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Fort Of The Daft Woman has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Fort Of The Daft Woman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BAGB c2Gc|BAGB AGED|BAGBc2dc|(3Bcd AF GFED|
BAGB cded|BcdB AGED|(3GGG GD EDB,D |1DEDB, G,3 A:|2DEDB, G,2ga||
bg (3ggg =fa (3aaa|eccB c2cc|df (3fff bagf|g2gf g2ga|
bg (3ggg =fa (3aaa|eccB c2cc|df (3fff bagf|g2gf g2ga|
bg (3ggg =fa (3aaa|eccB c2cc|df (3fff bagf|g2gf gedc|
BDGB cGGc|BAGB AGED|(3GGG GD EDB,D |DEDB, G,3A||
X: 2
T: Fort Of The Daft Woman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BAGB cE (3EEE|BAGB AGED|B2DB cAdc|(3Bcd AF GFGA|
BAGB cE (3EEE|BAGB AGED|G3D EDB,D |1CEDB, G,3 A:|2CEDB, G,2ga||
bg (3ggg =fa (3aaa|eccB c3A|df (3fff bagf|fggf g3a|
bg (3ggg =fa (3aaa|eccB c3A|df (3fff bagf|fggf g3a|
bg (3ggg =fa (3aaa|eccB c3A|df (3fff bagf|fggf gedc|
BDGB cE (3EEE|BAGB AGED|G3D EDB,D |CEDB, G,3 A|]

Three comments

Fort Of The Daft Woman

I got this tune from the Ready for the Storm album by Déanta. (https://thesession.org/recordings/790)

In trying to find out more about it, I also ran across the Bridget Cleary recording on the web. (https://thesession.org/recordings/5082)

I don’t know any more about it, like who wrote it. (It’s just a guess, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it was composed by Deidre or Kate from Déanta). I learned it because it has some good elements as a teaching tune for banjo players, including a lot of double stop and low drone opportunities in the A part, and some good finger gymnastics in the B part, without being TOO difficult. So I taught it to my class at PIMW this year, and figured that I had better transcribe it for them.

As usual with posting tunes, I struggle to figure out what to put in the "base setting" and what not to put in. I did integrate a couple of variations. One is the on the second half of the A part, where I transcribed what Deidre (flute) was playing instead of what Kate (fiddle) was playing on the Déanta recording. And I put a little twist on the resolve of the B part that gives it a bit of separation from the A part.

Just ran across a note on irishtune.info that mentioned that it was actually composed by Rosie Mulholland, the keyboard and (other) fiddle player in Déanta.

Fort Of The Daft Woman, X:2

another variation of the great version posted here from Reverend also following the same source= the album "Ready for the storm" by Deanta