This is a kick ass fiddle tune from Liz Doherty’s album - Last Orders. She got it from some students of hers in Cork, but who the composer is, I’m not sure. Its a great tune, particularly the chromatic section in second part of the turn. Enjoy.
I don’t think this tune is so nice.
I agree, but then I don’t think it was ever meant to be a "nice" tune! More dark and malevolent.
Anyhow, done a little digging. This tune is composed by Jay Ungar (originally rom the Bronx) for a band called "Popcorn Behaviour" who are from southern Vermont and play a pretty far out interpretation of traditional tunes (http://www.popcornbehavior.com/), but good fun (there are some mp3s around of them). Also, here is the only link I could find to an mp3 version of this tune, the first half of the mp3 is slow, the second fast and much more akin to the way Liz plays the tune:
not a nice tune is a euphimism for #$@! tune. Figures it’s an Unger tune, never liked anything yet I’ve heard from that cornball.
Oh, you mean "gash" to put it in polite scots slang. Fair enough, but have you heard Liz play it? Do you like liz doherty? This tune always gets our resident DADDAD guitarist and the crowd going when my girlfriend plays it in the pub.
Brad’s just worried that this’ll start showing up at sessions, along with a ton of other "new" compositions, and he’ll have another 2,000 tunes to learn….
Well, this wouldn’t make my top ten list, and it’s a bit of a reach to include it in the "tradtition," but it *is* kinda fun to play. Thanks Jamie.
Would Brad like a cup of tea?
..no pun intended.
"Popcorn Behaviour " was a phrase coined to describesthe way adolescent boys carry on. Jay Ungar wrote the tune in his early teens and its a pretty impressive piece for a youngster.
It is popular amongst the players in Gateshead (N.E.England) who can play it fast and accurately enough to make it swing. Its certainly much more technically demanding than the average Irish or Scottish reel.
Angels of the North
From the source…kinda
just a couple comments on this tune. the band Popcorn Behavior is Sam Amidon on fiddle, Stefen Amidon on percussion, Thomas Bartlett on piano and piano accordion, and more recently Keith Murphy on guitar, mandolin, foot percussion, and vocals. the band started about ten years ago when Sam and Thomas were twelve or thirteen and Stefen was ten. their second release about three year later included Keith as a guest on a few tracks. on their third album (Strangest Dream) Keith became a full member. they now have four albums to their name. this tune was writen for them be Jay Unger and apears on their first or second album. they started off pretty much playing a bunch of traditional dance tunes, but by their second album added many tunes composed by Thomas. their third album is increadibally different from any of their other stuff and is strongly rooted in jazz, and throws in a song from the balkins, a tune from Finland, as well as some more of Thomas’ tunes. their latest CD (January EP) goes back to a slightly more tradition sound and has a few moments of almost sounding old timey. it again features tunes of Thomas’ as well as a watlz be Keith. they produce a grove based blend of fasinating rhythms, stuning piano work, and interwinding mandolin and fiddle work
This tune was written for Popcorn Behavior by Jay Ungar. It was meant to capture the energy and spirit of the group, which at the time was composed of three kids in their early teens: Sam Amidon, Stefan Amidon, and Thomas Bartlett.
I love this tune, but the only version I’ve heard is Popcorn Behavior’s, and they are perhaps my favorite traditional group, in that they’re a bit avant-garde.
I’ve got a version of this tune played on an Irish solo dancing cd - Olive Hurley’s Sets and Solos vol3. It’s payed on violin and piano. Worth a listen.
love this tune. first heard it played by dessie kelliher and thought was great so as most banjo players do i decided to learn it . great tune
A french version
This the tune played by the whistle of Doolin from Toulouse :
T: Popcorn Behaviour
C: Version du whistle de Doolin
|:a2 e=f ecAc|BABc BGAz|EAcA EAcA|BABc ABce|a2 e=f ecAc|BABc BGEz|EFAc dcAF|1EcdB A2 zg:|2 EcdB A2 zd||
eAAe fzzf|eAAe dAAd|ABcd edea|gecd efed|eAAe fzzf|^fAAf =fAAf|EFAc dcAF|1 EcdB A2 zd:|2 EcdB A2 zg||
listen this (the 3rd tune of the set) :
Easy and pleasant fiddle version
I’ve heard it played like this on liveireland.com, but I can’t remember played by whom:
T:The Pop Corn Behavior
|:aeef ecAc|ABBc BAGE|~E2AE cEAE|ABBc B^G E2|
aeef ecAc|ABBc BAGE|DFAc dBAF|[1 E^GBc ABce:|[2 ECDB, A,B,CD||
|:EA,A,E FA,A,F|EA,A,E DA,A,G,|A,B,CD EDCD|~E2 AE DEFD|
EA,A,E FA,A,F|^FA,A,F =FA, ~A,2|DFAc dBAF|[1 ECDB, A,B,CD:|[2 E^GBc ABce||
The tune is on the latest CD from the ceilidh band 422 - Go Forth - as part of a set with ‘Antigonish Polka’ and another American tune, ‘North Carolina Breakdown’. I saw them play it on the outdoor stage at the Shrewsbury Festival last month in a force 9 gale (well strong wind anyway) and they still managed to get the crowd going with it.
A tin whistle version here
Popcorn Behaviour, X:5
an arrangement of the tune from "Banjoed" by Dessie Kelliher
Re: Popcorn Behaviour
I wrote the tune "Popcorn Behavior" for the band of the same name in the mid 1990s when they were in their early teens in an effort to capture the essence of their sound at the time. I greatly admired their youthful energy, love of music, virtuosity and love of music and was incredibly flattered when they liked the tune and recorded a spot on terrific version of it to boot! For me, their playful and creative approach to traditional music was not the superficial toying of those with a passing interest. They’d each been raised in the music and were making it their own — taking it forward in their own way — and Sam, Stefan and Thomas are each passionate and dedicated musicians today. Here’s a link to the article that gave them the idea for their band name http://tinyurl.com/j4ywgun Love it!