Also recorded by the piper Patsy Touhey, a transcription is in the book "The Piping of Patsy Touhey." This is very much more a piper’s setting, appropriately enough since the composer of this tune, Augustus "Gusty" Nicols, was a gentleman piper from Leitrim. A contemporary of Touhey’s, James Early, was also a Leitrim man, and perhaps he got the tune from him. This setting is more along the lines of the one in O’Neill’s; why Touhey’s version wasn’t used is a mystery.
Nine Part Version!?!
A pal of mine once had a nine part version of this, which he got from Cathal McConnell. Trouble is now he can only remember 7 or 8 parts - on a good night. He thinks Cathal may have recorded it a long time ago with Boys of the Lough. What he can remember is great. Anybody got the whole thing, or know which recording it might be?
|: A,DD A,DD FEF | A,DD DFA GED | A,DD A,DD FEF | GFG ECE GFE :|
|: FDF ABF A2 G | FDF ABF GFE | FDF ABF A2 F | GFG ECE GFE :|
|: Add def gfg | Add dfa gfe | Add def gfg | ece ece gfe :|
|: fdf abf a 2g | fdf abf gfe | fdf abf a2 f | gfg ece gfe :|
|: aff dff dff | aff dfa gfe | aff dff dff | gfg ece gfe :|
|: dff a/g/fe d2 A | dff agf gfe | dff a/g/fe def | gfg ece gfe :|
|: faf dec dAF | DFA def gfe| faf ded def | gfg ece gfe :|
|: a/g/fe dfe d2 f | afd def gec | dec dec dAF | GAF GEF GFE :|
|: ABA dcB A2 B | AFD DFD EFG | AFA BGB =cBA | GFG ECE GFE :|
Nine parts in O’Neill’s
Yes, the nine parter is also in O’Neills as Gurty’s, for anybody who struggles with ABCs.
Juneberry 78’s has a fab recording of this by Johnny Doherty at http://juneberry78s.com/sounds/jdi05.mp3
Heard this at a session in Belfast a few months ago, bits of it been coming to me now and then but I never could find a recording or the name of the tune, and wasn’t sure if I was remembering it right. Thanks for the recording and the notes!
A Banjo version
This is just my personal take on it, with the ornamentations written for Irish Tenor Banjo. The only thing I really changed was adding a G# in the D part because another D note there was just too much for me. It gives a good lift into the next measure and seems like it’s that kind of tune anyway.
X:4 Patsy Touhey
Just the basics of his version - superb backstitching practsing!
Touhey’s recording of the full 8 parts may be heard here: http://archives.irishfest.com/dunn-family-collection/Music/Cylinders3.htm As the notes point out he only can fit in 1 1/2 playings owing to the limited amount of recording time on those old cylinders. Pretty crazy tune, I wonder why he only recorded 4 parts on the other cylinder. Touhey’s records have a bit of mystery about them, he played different second parts on separate recordings of the Humours of Whiskey; he recorded the "Duke of Leinster" on one record and the "Dandy Reel" on another - same tune. Displaying his musical breadth there, one supposes.
Listen to Paul O’Shaughnessy play the tune: http://www.itma.ie/digitallibrary/sound/gustys-frolics-oshaughnessy
Gusty’s Frolics, X:5
Patsy Touhey’s version.
Gusty’s Frolics, X:6
This setting appears in The Petrie Collection of Irish Music, part II, ed. Charles Villiers Stanford (1905), p. 203, no. 813 as “Gurty’s Frolic – A very old Munster tune”. It has quite a few differences with X:2 and a 10th part.
Re: Gusty’s Frolics
John Doherty’s version of this reminds me a lot of the reel "The Pinch of Snuff" in slip jig form. It’s almost uncanny.
Re: Gusty’s Frolics
Brid Harper and Harry Bradley