This is tune is triplet-heaven, at least the way I’ve shown it here. You don’t have to play all those triplets - in fact it would be a good idea to vary the ornamentation a lot more - but they can add a nice percussive, rhythmic effect.
I’m just watching a webcast of Liz Carroll live, and she adds in a little half-sized (?) part between the A and B parts of "Fermoy Lasses". It’s really neat, and makes you sit up straight if you’re just expecting the usual lovely Em/G reel. I think her B part’s in A minor or A mixo. Anyone have a clue?
wow..i love this tune played by liz Carroll on the Cherish The Ladies cd
Slightly Different Version
Here’s how I play it. The E’s can be cranned neatly on the flute.
T: Fermoy Lasses, The
|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|GFGA B2BA|GE ~E2 BE ~E2||AFDF AcBA|
|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|GFGA B2BA|~G3F GBdB|AFDF AcBA|
|G2 BG dGBG|G2 Bd efg2|G2 BG dGBG|AFDF AcBA|
|G2 BG dGBG|G2 Bd efg2|afge fded|AFDF AcBA|
Nice version by the Kells
There’s a lovely version of this on sample format on Burkes whistles…….http://www.burkewhistles.com/product.php?productid=16173&cat=0&page=1 tied in neatly after another lovely air Amhrán nA Leabhair …all on a low D………haunting stuff !!
Liz Carroll’s ‘B’ Part
Haven’t heard the webcast or CherishTL-CD, but in the mid ’80s when she played it for me, her mini- ‘B’ part was something like:
cE~E2 cAGE|~D2AD E/F/GAB|~c3B cded|~d2AG FGAB |
cEE2 cAGE| ~D2AD E/F/GAB|c/d/cBd cded|~cABG AGEF ||
Fermoy Lasses - singled or doubled?
I’ve always thought of this tune as doubled. But it’s been a while since I’ve heard it at a session, and I’m doubting myself now. I just listened to that clip from the Burkes Whistles site - beautiful - where it is played doubled, which is as I remember it.
“The Fermoy Lasses” ~ Micho Russell, whistle ~ MP3, transcript, analysis
~ Micho Russell, flute
Correction to the previous…
Johnny O’Leary’s Fermoy Lasses
Wish I knew ABC to show you, not a triplet in sight. ;-)
Sounds like Jim’s
I’ve more often heard the B part ending like this..
gage dedB | AFDF AcBA
Davy Spillane version
T: Fermoy Lasses, The
|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|GE ~E2 BcBA|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|AFDF AcBA|
|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|GE ~E2 BcBA|~G3 F GBdB|AFDF AcBA|
|G2 BG dGBG|~G2 Bd efg2|G2 BG dGBG|AFDF AcBA|
|G2 BG dGBG|~G2 Bd efgf|gage dedB|AFDF AcBA|
Cape Breton Setting
A slightly different version (no triplets!) as played in Cape Breton…..
T:Fermoy Lasses (Cape Breton Setting)
GBEB GBEB|EBGB c2 BA|GBEB GBEB|EDFG A2 BA|
GBEB GBEB|EBGB c2 BA|GABc dedc|ADFA c2 BA:||
G2 BG dGBG|G/G/G Bd egdB|G2 BG dGBG|AFDF AcBA|
G2 BG dGBG|G/G/G Bd e2 ef|gagf edBd|(e/f/g) dB AGEF:||
Does anyone know who wrote this? I saw it attributed to Joe Cooley. Is this correct?
Joe Cooley was born in 1924. "Fermoy Lasses" appears in "O’Neill’s 1001 Gems - The Dance Music of Ireland" printed in 1907.
The Fermoy Lasses, X:8
Source: Paddy Taylor
Transcription : Gian Marco Pietrasanta
Re: The Fermoy Lasses
Very unusual reel for the pipes, due to it being E minor, very fun to play though, almost sounds like a set dance!
The Fermoy Lasses, X:9
X:9 Version of the reel number 87 (ref 1/38a K) in the "Tunes of Munster Pipers" (Irish Traditional Music from James Goodman Manuscripts, vol 1 - 1998)
I took out most of the triplets and the dotted eights [that are heard on the dubliner’s recording], and replaced them with straight eights. In my opinion this version is simpler to read, and it’s easy enough to add variations wherever you want them.