John Joe McElroy’s Fling strathspey

Also known as John Joe McElroy’s Highland Fling.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

John Joe McElroy’s Fling has been added to 1 tune set.

John Joe McElroy's Fling has been added to 2 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: John Joe McElroy's Fling
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
GCEA GCEA|GCEG (3ccB cd|(3efe de cc (3BAG|cAGE DDEG:|
(3cdc Bc AGEG|(3ccc Bc AAAB|(3ccc Bc AcGE|(3DDE FG AA (3GAB|
ceBc AGEG|(3ccc Bc AAAc|BddB (3AAG EC|DDEF Gd (3cBA:|
X: 2
T: John Joe McElroy's Fling
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
(3cBA|G<CE>A G>CE>A|G<CE>G c>B (3cBA|G<CE>A G>CE>C|(3G,G,G, B,>D (3FFE F>A|
G<CE>A G>CE>A|G<CE>G c>Bc>d|(3eee d>e c>c (3BAG|c>AG>E (3DDD||
(3ccc B>c A>GE>G|(3ccc B>c A>GG>B|(3ccc B>c A>cG>E|D>EF>G A>A (3GAB|
c>eB>c A>GE>G|(3ccc B>c A>GG>B|
B>dd>B (3AAG E>C|D>EF>G A>c||
X: 3
T: John Joe McElroy's Fling
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3dcB|A<DF>B A>DF>B|A<DF>A d>c (3dcB|A<DF>B A>DF>D|(3[A,E][A,E][A,E] [CF]>[EA] (3GGF G>B|
A<DF>B A<DF>B|A>DF>A d>cd>e|(3fff e>f d>d (3cBA|d>BA>F (3EEE||
F>A|(3ddd c>d B>AF>A|(3ddd c>d B>AA>c|
(3ddd c>d B>dA>F|E>FG>A B>B (3ABc|
d>fc>d B>AF>A|(3ddd c>d B>AA>c|
c>ee>c (3BBA F>D|E>FG>A B>d||

Four comments

John Joe McElroy’s Fling

…sourced from (Antón) Mac Gabhann’s recordings, this time another of (Owen) Connolly’s many pupils, John Joe McElroy (1904-1990)…
From the liner notes of ‘Our Dear Dark Mountain with the Sky Over it’

I’m not sure how to notate it in ABC, but the first G C in bar 1, 2 & 3 (etc.) have a skippy, flingy feel to them in ODDMwtSOi (played by Conor McCague).

X: 2 "John Joe McElroy’s Fling"

S: CD - "Our Dear Dark Mountain With The Sky Over It:
Irish Traditional Music from the Sliabh Beagh Region of North Monaghan/East Fermanagh"
Track 2, the 2nd of 3 tunes.

On this lovely recording, which is a pleasure, there are three tunes tagged "fling", but this is the only one that is actually a fling, classic length, 16 bars, and structure, a perfect match for the 2-hand, 3-hand, and 4-hand dances that were also given this name. I’m not sure where the confusion started with the other two tunes on this recording called flings, but it’s nothing new. This one is a fling, and a damned fine one, and beautifully played by Conor McCague on banjo, with decent accompaniment as well. Confusions aside, I highly recommend this recording. It’s great! And it’s full of some lovely tunes, playing, melody and accompaniment, and a couple of songs too… I’ve enjoyed it so much that I’m planning to work in a few tracks from it for our weekly gathering for a bit of dance and music ~ which includes learning/teaching Irish dance in all its traditional varieties…

A note on the first transcription given here, this fling, classic to the form, is a 16 bar/measure tune in total, as I’ve given it, not 32 bars. Also enjoyable with the take on this recording, it includes snaps (<).

Re: John Joe McElroy’s Fling

Some similarities with the monymusk Highland in the first part….