Hut on Staffen Island
This is based on Kevin Griffin’s version of the tune on
"Traditional Music from Doolin Co. Clare"
I have heard another version on Kathryn Tickell’s- "Debateable Lands"
Of course, this is a Phil Cunningham tune.
Little Hut on Staffen Island
Great tune- but its not a hornpipe. Its a Scottish schottische.
Just out of interest, count how many different bars there are to make up the whole tune - its surprisingly few.
The Angels of the North play it with one of Jame’s Hill’s great tunes "The Hawk"which we play as a fast reel.
Angels of the North
The Hut on Staffen Island
Phil Cunningham is playing this tune - his tune - (there’s a story behind it of course) with John McCusker at the moment during their current tour (November 2003). I first heard it played by some trad mad musos in London sessions - particulary Cathy Sharp, who plays the fiddle - and learnt it as a beautiful slow tune to which we added some lovely harmonies….Phil Cunningham and the band played it quite a bit faster - I thought it was reel-type pace. I’m not exactly au fait with the "Schottische" style of tune but I guess that’s probably correct. Will do some research now for myself.
She, Cathy and friends would then go into a really fast version of The Nine Points of Roguery……..great stuff…great set of tunes.
The Hut on Staffin Island
Originally in “A”
The original recording on the Relativity album was in the key of "A". The actual sheet music in Phil’s book is likewise.
However, it is played in D, as here, in most session situations.
Katryn Tickell plays it in A. I was about to transpose the ABCs, then I realized GDAErs could just move it up a string, and Flute/Whsitle guys can just play it on an A Flute/Whistle.l
Tickell plays it in D. Personally I think ‘G’ is a good, whistle-safe option ;-)
Spelling of the tune
Phil C here.. just to clear up the question of spelling on the tune.
"Staffin" island is the correct spelling, it’s a wee island off the north east coast of Skye. There is a salmon fishing hut there.. which used to be inhabited during the season by Sandy Macleod of Garafad! Most definitely not a Schottische (although if you dot it a bit more you could dance one to it..) It was written as a slow reel, and can be played either or. I normally play it slow in D then up to speed in G.
love this tune! but could somebody post it in G major,? cos i have a d whisltle and it can’t play middle C and below
I love this tune a lot, it’s on the "Live At Trinity Hall" CD, and is played first like a waltz and then a reel. I don’t quite like the accidentals that are in this version here though.
Hot Stuff on the Little Island
I’ve seen a hand written sheet of dots for this tune with the amusing & almost anagrammatic alternative title "Hot Stuff on the Little Island".
This bit mildly diverting little piece of ribaldry possibly originated from the short lived Strathspey & Reel society in Largs or from one of the members of Argyll based ceilidh hackers Canned Haggis.
Session With Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas e.t.c
I found out about this tune from a video of Phil, Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas and lots of others. It’s a really beautiful tune, especially when paired with Wing Commander Donald MacKenzie’s!
That would be this one:
Pipe Friendly Version
This version in G major fits nicely on the pipes or whistle.