The Jolly Tinker
This is a really great tune which I haven’t ever heard much in sessions. This version comes from the final set (after Lucy Campbell) from Kevin Burke In Concert which he plays as a duet with Martin Hayes. It is a really driving and forceful tune which is great fun to play. There is a two part version of this tune in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection and the full five part version in O’Neills Dance Music of Ireland.
It is related to a tune called the Hen and Her Clutch which comes from Ceol Rince na hEireann and sometimes the titles get mixed up. What’s more this tune seems to share in the incestuous relationship between the tinkers yellow and drunken, but is definitely a tune in its own right.
Hope you enjoy it.
It also seems to be a popular tune amongst sligo fiddlers.
It’s not an uncommon tune in Sydney sessions.
Mick Ward used to play it all the time , Jamie. Ask him next Thursday - you’ll not hear it played much better.. I’ll be in touch soon.
Will ask Mike on thursday if I go.
> You’ll not hear it played much better.
I’m beginning to think that about many of the tunes he plays, especially reels. Having started to get my ear into some of the better fiddlers out there, I still haven’t heard any who can top Mike playing some of his favourite reels - College Groves, Jenny’s Welcome to Charlie, Splendid Isolation and I can just imagine the way he plays this tune. I’m not coming that far out of leftfield with that view am I?
This is a fairly common tune throughout the ITM world…
Mike played it great on Thursday (a bit too fast for me though)! I’ve started playing it after the Mullingar Races, but what other tunes does this go well with?
The jolly tinkler reel did eddie whealen play dis on you tube
is this the tune that eddie whealen is
playing on you tube
do you tink tis would b a good tune to play on te tin whistle in te connacht fleadh????=)
as Jamie said, it is related to
The Hen And Her Clutch / Brood : https://thesession.org/tunes/164
The Jolly Tinker
Carmal O’Dea, Kevin Ryan and Noel Ryan. Nice playing here….. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MO7vKUo6YFY
“The Jolly Tinker”
An old acquaintance has a go at it ~
Randal Bays and Dave Marshall: Jolly Tinker
Damn! He’s aged worse than I… 8-)
Jolly Tinker vs Mystery Reel
This tune is going to mess with my like crazy in sessions, as the beginning is so similar to the Mystery reel.
JACKB - 1000th tune setting!
That’s some achievement, JackB!