This is more or less Altan’s setting - the one they call "The Yellow Tinker". Transcribed directly from the playing of the fiddler out of Felpeyu. You would think that since the only "C" in this setting is a C natural, the obvious choice of mode would be Ador, but something about the structure of the melody suggests Amix to me (I think because it uses lots of F#s where an Ador tune would use G’s in the same situation).
For the similar 3-part tune see https://thesession.org/tunes/1554
One of my first reels. Used to play it with the Tamlin reel, I think it was because I learned them both in the same week. Haven’t really played it much since then but still remember it well. The Cnatural works well in it, seems to come it at the right time.
Actually, I think it’s both! If you were to improvise slightly, and chuck in some Cs and C#s, you’ll see C fits in with the first part while C# fits into the second. Ergo the first part is dorian and the second mixolydian.
I think the fact I’m spending time thinking about this and writing about it means I should get out more!
The Drunken Tinker, X:3
Dick Cosgrove’s Reel
As played by fiddler Hugh Gillespie after "The Girl That Broke My Heart". Absolutely cracking version. Mick Gorman (Michael’s nephew) does the same set on CD 1, track 18 of "It Was Mighty". He may be the same Mick Gorman who also plays flute and whistle.
Dick Cosgrove’s Reel, Mick Gorman version
This is Mick Gorman’s version found on CD 1, track 18 of "It Was Mighty". It differs somewhat from the Hugh Gillespie version which is why I decided to post it.