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 Tinker’s Stick (Tom Mannion’s), The Twin Brothers’, The Twin Brothers.

There are 30 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Stoney Steps (a few times), Ballinafad (a few times), Coleman’s Cross (a few times), The Pigeon On The Gate (a few times) and The Ravelled Hank Of Yarn (a few times).

The Tinker’s Stick has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Tinker's Stick has been added to 82 tunebooks.

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Three settings

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|1ea~a2 agef:|2e~a2 aged||
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||
# Added .
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

Eight 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.

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