The Tinker’s Stick reel

Also known as The Cloontia, The Far Field, Michael Dwyer’s Favourite, Nancy In The Hobble, The New Policeman, The Other Reel Of Rio, The Tinker’s Stick (Tom Mannion’s), Tommy Whelan’s No. 5, The Twin Brothers, The Twin Brothers’.

There are 31 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Tinker’s Stick appears in 3 other tune collections.

The Tinker’s Stick has been added to 8 tune sets.

The Tinker's Stick has been added to 99 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: The Tinker's Stick
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B3G AEGE|DGBG AGED|BABA ~G3B|dBAd BG~G2:|
|:~g3f ~g2dg|egdg egd2|~g3f gedg|1 ea~a2 agef:|2 e~a2 aged||
2
X: 2
T: The Tinker's Stick
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~B3G A2 GE|DGBG AGED|BdAB G2 {a}ge|dBAc BGGA|
B/d/B BG A2 GE|DGBG AGED|dcBA ~G3B|dBAc BGGB||
dg g/g/g (3gag dg|egdg egde|dg g/g/g gedg|efaf gfef|
dg g/g/g (3gag dg|egdg egde|{a}gedB [F2A2] B/^c/d|ebfa gedc||
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3
X: 3
T: The Tinker's Stick
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B3G AGEG|DGBG AGEG|B3A G3B|dBAc BGGA|
g3f g2dg|egdg egde|g3f gedg|eaa2 agef||
4
X: 4
T: The Tinker's Stick
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
c2BG AGEG|DGBG AGEG|BcAB G2Bc|dBAc BGG2:|
g2gf g2dg|egdg egde|g2gf g2~d2|eaag eaa2|
dggf g2dg|egdg egde|g2ge a2ag|b2ba gfed||
5
X: 5
T: The Tinker's Stick
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B3G ABge|d2BG Ae3|B3A G3B|dBAd BGGE|
DBBG ABge|d2BG Ae3|BABG A3B|dBAd BGBd||
gzgd g2bg|egdg egde|g3d g2bg|ea3 ea3|
g3d g2bg|egdg egd2|egge dGBd|e2ae gedc||
# Added by Nico .

Ten comments

Source: Matt Molloy : "Stony Steps"
Transcription: g.m.p

This is an awesome tune, very groovy.

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Tinker’s Stick

"slainte is " has requested this one, and that’s how I came here. It may well have been a favourite of Michael Dwyer, but I first heard it played almost 30 years ago by Sean O’Rourke, flute-player with "Alba" and the JSD Band, under the title "The Tinker’s Stick". It is in Breandan Breathnach’s 1st volume of "Ceol Rince na h’Eireann" under that title as well. I had decided to post it in reply to "slainte"’s request, but rememebered hearing Matt Molloy play it on his "Stony Steps" album so checked first. Turns out gian marco has posted it 2 years ago.
A very simple reel, but very melodic.
The order of tunes on the "Stony Steps" set is wrong on the sleeve notes. This is the first tune, "Stony Steps" follows, and the last tune is "Griffin Of The Bridge".

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Thanks, Kenny.

Michael Dwyer’s Favourite a la Oisin MacDiarmada

Thanks to this clip (http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_214_1_duet_with_louise_mulcahy_and_oisin_macdiarmada) being posted on a recent discussion thread, I listened to Oisin playing this simple single reel, solo. So here’s a transcription based on his first time through the tune:

X: 1
T: Michaael Dwyer’s Favourite
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: G
~B3G A2 GE|DGBG AGED|BdAB G2 {a}ge|dBAc BGGA|
B/d/B BG A2 GE|DGBG AGED|dcBA ~G3B|dBAc BGGB||
dg g/g/g (3gag dg|egdg egde|dg g/g/g gedg|efaf gfef|
dg g/g/g (3gag dg|egdg egde|{a}gedB [F2A2] B/^c/d|ebfa gedc||

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O’Neill’s

"O’Neill’s 1001" has a nice version of this called The New Policeman. The A section is pretty different though; it starts on the IV. Kinda cool.

Gan Ainm

Hello all, this is my first tune added here so please be patient ! I am sure I learnt it off a flute recording somewhere years ago but can’t find it any where. I’ve tried a few permutations in the search here but nothing pops up. Any one recognise it and give it a name ? Cheers.