This is a temporary title (Anything is better than "Gan Ainm" !) as the tune first surfaced at our Saturday night fireside (Cois Tine) session a few weeks ago. The player who introduced the tune thought that it was called the Kilnamona Barn Dance but when trying to submit this initially the site told me the name already exists (I checked but it’s a different tune) - Jeremy’s system works well! Hopefully someone may recognise the tune so that we can get a more authentic name for it.
i know it under the title Joe Ryan’s barn dance.It is often played in A. There is a fine version on Cherish the Ladies "New day Dawning"
Thanks Paul (this makes sense as I have heard this played by Joe Ryan, although more as a march than a barn dance - just a question of tempo). I’ve updated the name accordingly.
This sounds really great on a CGDa banjo or Mandola. It seems to beg to be played slowly. A truly authentic "tune" no matter what the name is.
I’m hearing it in my mind’s ear with the last note of the first, fifth and thirteenth full measures being C, not D. I’m familiar with it from Joe Ryan’s recording and perhaps elsewhere. I’ll have to listen to know if I’m right about those Cs.
Yes. Joe Ryan is definitely playing Cs instead of Ds as I said above. On his CD it’s called Auchdon House and listed as a march.
A websearch on "Auchdon House" indicates that it’s a Shetland tune commonly used for weddings, particularly on the island of Unst. Joe Ryan picked it up from a musician in Dublin who had worked in Scotland.
C’s? I play those measures as: | G2 BG d2 GD |, which is how Cherish the Ladies do it.
As an accordian player, I love this tune and fell in love with it after hearing Mary Rafferty of Cherish the Ladies playing it. They do a great set with this tune. Anyone know the rest of the pieces in it? My favorite besides this tune in that set is the flute piece that Madden plays. I think the flutist in my band would love to learn that piece. Any ideas? Cheers.
The Boys of the Lough recorded this back in the 1970s
Haughton House (MARCH, not reel)
Source: Boys of the Lough : "Lochaber no more"
Gan ainm is a great name and expresses the real spirit of the music.
Joe Ryan’s (barndance) = Haughton House (march)
I believe it’s a Shetland Wedding march according to the notes on Joe’s album.
This was known for a wee while as "Auchadon House" (probably misheard), and thought of as from Shetland. I think it’s plain Scottish, and it was composed by a James Mitchell. It was published as a single sheet with variations by james Scott Skinner.
Duplication ~ "Auchdon House March" a Shetland wedding march / air
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on January 7th 2004 by Bannerman.
"Haughton House" ~ from Nigel:
"This was known for a wee while as "Auchadon / Auchdon House" (probably misheard), and thought of as from Shetland. I think it’s plain Scottish, and it was composed by a James Mitchell. It was published as a single sheet with variations by james Scott Skinner."
# Posted on December 19th 2005 by nigelg
Claire Kevilles Joe Ryan’s
Actually Claire isn’t playing this tune, she’s playing another tune that Joe recorded on the same CD, Paddy O’Brien’s. She shouldn’t be linked to this page in the Details section, FWIW.
The recording by the Boys of The lough is on LP/ CD "Lochaber No More" (1975)
Track 7 "Da Back Reel" (probably the name of one of the following reels).
X: 2 "The Haughton House March"
This transcription as the march it is, in this case fitting M: 2/4 perfectly…
X: 2 "The Haughton House March"
This transcription as the 2/4 march it is. Compare also with the later submission and duplication here:
# Added by gian marco ~ April 24th, 2004
Re: The Haughton House March
Cherish the Ladies Play it in the set — The New Broom /Joe Ryans barndances and St Ruths Bush/The Penny
Re: The Haughton House
According to Debbie Scott (Shetland fiddler), this is not a Shetland tune:
"Auchdon (or Houghton?) House, is such a great tune. I know it from a Spælimenninir Í Hoydølum record my Dad bought me when I was young so I grew up listening to it. I really loved the tunes and the sound they produced.
I’m afraid I know nothing about the tune’s history other than it is not a Shetland tune. I am certainly not aware of it ever being used as a wedding tune in Unst. Maybe someone used it once and it got picked up on….?"
So I agree with ‘Nigel’ and ‘ceolachan’ that it is probably plain Scottish.