The Fickle Lad
A nice tune from James Byrne’s "The Road to Glenlough" album. Byrne’s precise fiddling means the transcriber’s job is very easy! One thing about this tune is that the third part ends with a reprise of bars 5-8 of the first part. Then the whole first part is played only once before moving on to the second. Is this perhaps not just a jig but a set dance?
Re: The Fickle Lad
This tune is also known as "garcon volange" and was published in Kerr’s (First volume). It’s a quadrille tune, known in many countries. A Donegal friend once told me that the first part would be played one more time each time through; something to do with the dance that was done. Another good version is on the first La Lugh album, where it is called Aunt Lizzie’s, after Gerry (O’ Connor, fiddle)’s grand-aunt, who "transcribed it as the first part of the New Lancer’s Quadrilles," a local dance.
Thank you, Daniel, for transcribing so much of James Byrne’s music. He was a great and, to me, a particularly important fiddler, for the tunes he played and for his really special style of playing.