The Grand Spey (reel)
Source: Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Liam O’Flynn : "The Fire Aflame"
Wow, this is a really odd mix of the Cup of Tea and the Graf Spee. So do Molloy and Keane give any source for this tune?
Dont know. I have not the sleeve of the album .
According to the album’s sleeve notes, John and Matt got this four part tune off a 1944 recording of Michael Coleman.
The Grand Spy
That isn’t how Coleman played this, his setting was pretty much that of piper Martin Biernes, who played it on this 78: https://archive.org/details/MartinBeirneTheGrandSpy I wonder what Molloy and Keane/O’Flynn/Carty were smoking here, the first part sounds like the flute has a leak in it, and the 4th part is AWOL. I wrote Bierne’s setting out for the American Pipers’ Club years ago, and wrote a whole paper about the history of the tune to boot. Incidentally Coleman and Bierne called it the Grand Spy, "Grand Spey" is being punny, groan…
The Grand Spy and Kevin Rietmann
As a relation of Martin Beirne, I would really appreciate a copy of the paper that you prepared for the American Pipers’ Club in relation to the Grand Spy.
I met Martin in the U.S in the 1960’s, and enjoyed his music. An opportunity to talk to you would be great when we could exchange some details of this great musician.
I heard this last night played in C. The name I was given was The Western Lasses.