I got this from Cathy Custy’s great CD An Ceoltoir Fanach. She plays it on concertina. I play it on a 21 button B/C accordion with the high f# on the push re-tuned to a high d. It’s a fun tune. But Custy’s liner notes say nothing about it.
There’s a reel at thesession.org by the same name, but it’s not the same tune. There’s a jig by the same name on Altan’s Finest. There’s nothing else by this name on any of the other Altan albums whose contents I’ve been able to locate. This tune isn’t on Dermot Byrne’s solo cd.
Does anybody know it by another name? Is it old? New?
I just learned a little something, though not as much as I’d hoped to. There’s a hornpipe called Dermot Byrne’s on an album of concertina music from Clare by Terry Bingham, on which Dermot Byrne and Cathy Custy’s sister Mary are included. It’s now fairly plausible that Cathy got it from Dermot, possibly via Mary or Terry. But did Dermot write it? If not, where did it come from?
Same as Brid Harper’s (a.k.a. Denis Lanctot’s, Grant Lamb’s)
I just discovered that this tune (recorded as a hornpipe by Cathy Custy and Terry Bingham) is given as a reel attributed by Denis Lanctot to Grant Lamb, taken from the concert tape of Brid Harper and Dermot Byrne. The concertina players do it in G. Looks like everyone else has it in C. I’ve been playing it in D since my accordion doesn’t have the high d’ and I didn’t know that it was a C tune.