The other night, I got hooked on Sean Smyth’s playing of Mick O’Connor’s, the tune that follows The Harp and the Shamrock on Lunasa’s Redwoods cd. And after listening to Kevin Crawford’s lovely job on this tune I decided I had to suss it out too. I gather he’s on an Eb flute, playing this out of the "G" position, and it comes out as follies:
T: The Harp and the Shamrock
C: Pat Crowley
gf|edAB dBGB|AGEF G2 B/c/d|e2 ed egge|dBAG AABA|
|GEED EEDE|GGAG A2 gf|dege dBGB|AGEF G2 gf|
|edAB d2 B/A/G|AGEF G2 B/c/d|e2 ed egge| dBAG AABA|
|GEED EEDE|GGAG A2 gf|dege dBGB|AGEF G2 B/c/d||
|:e2 ed eggf|eddB d2 BA|GAAG B/c/d e/f/g|dBAG A2 BA|
|G~E3 D3 E|GGAG A2 gf|dege dBGB|1 AGEF G2 B/c/d:|2 AGEF G2 gf||
I’ll leave it to you to choose when to cut and when to tap to separate the doubled notes (mostly E’s A’s and G’s). The ~E3 roll in the last line of the B part sounds less like a roll and more like three E eighth notes with a more deliberate cut and tap breaking them up. Kevin also plays |GDEG D3 E| for that measure.
From the liner notes of John Carty’s "At it again":
"The second hornpipe [The Harp and the Shamrock] Dan Collins played for me, Brian McGrath and Arty McGlyn during the recording of my last album. It’s starting to become quite a hit around Ireland and rightly so. Pat Crowley composed the tune and recorded it with Johnny McCarthy. He named it after his parents’ pub in Kinsale, Co. Cork."
"The Mountain Top/Ranger Hornpipe"
This is for ‘Enob’ who suggested these two as a set:
A bit lame as a hornpipe. It’s ok as a reel with minor changes to the part endings. Otherwise it doesn’t really go anywhere.
Who scuffed up your blue suede shoes?
Harp and shamrock
Harp and shamrock
Garry Currie plays a really nice version on his cd "up the steps" - a solo dancing practice cd. (definately worth a listen).
Kevin Crawford’s version on Reedwood sounds more like a slow reel whereas Garry’s is very definate/strong HP timing.
I just can’t stop calling this tune "The Shark and the Hamhock"…
The tune is by Pat Crowley who plays piano and piano-accordion in Mary Black’s band. It is named after the bar where he grew up in Kinsale, Co. Cork. There’s a video of Pat himself playing the tune on piano accordion with Jim Murray on guitar here. He starts off playing it slowly as an air in G major, then goes into it as a hornpipe in the key of A major which sounds lovely and bright. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tyg8eg7gA28