This is the third Kerry slide on track 10 of The Chieftains 5.
Transcribed from Martin (Junior) Crehan’s fiddle playing. see: http://homepage.eircom.net/~shields/fmsi/ceoltire/7a.htm
"I remember a dancing master; his name was Pat Barron. He came from West Limerick near the borders of Kerry, and I often heard them telling the story that he was eighteen years old and his father also was a dancing master, travelled the counties of Munster and Connaught and he came back an old man. "
"…And would you still play the tunes that you heard from him?"
—Yes, I do, yea. He had one tune he used to play for the jig. It was Mind yourself of the turkeycock or the turkeycock will bite you and he used to play it in a high key—two strings, so that the noise wouldn’t smother the music and it could be heard all over the house. It was played in the key of G. It was a kind of lower down and wouldn’t be heard so much, like."
So does that mean he played it in a higher key like "A" using the A and E strings?
I love the title. I think I’ll just learn this one just so I can introduce it before the performance.
Merry-Hielander, I think he meant with double-stops. So like you said, Amaj would make sense for using the A and E string as drones. I tried it out and it sounds good, but seems a little old-timey to me. (or at least what I perceive to be old-timey).
T:Mind Yourself of the Turkeycock or the Turkeycock Will Bite You
c2c cBc | e2c A2B | c>ce a2f | e2c A2B |
c2c cBc | e2c A2B | c>cc BAB |1 A3 A2B :|2 A3 A2e ||
a2a a2f | e2c c2e | f2b b2a | b2a f2e |
a2a a2f | e2c c2e | f2f fef | a3 a2e |
a2a a2f | e2d d2e | f2b b2a | b2a f2e |
a2a a2f | e2c c2e | e2e fee | a3 a2B |
T:Mind Yourself of the Turkeycock or the Turkeycock Will Bite You (With Drones)
[c2e2][ce] [ce][Be][ce] | e2[ce] [A2e2][Be] | [ce]>[ce]e [A2a2][Af] | e2[ce] A2B |
[c2e2][ce] [ce][Be][ce] | e2[ce] A2B | [ce]>[ce][ce] [Be][Ae][Be] |1 A3 A2B :|2 A3 A2[Ae] ||
[A2a2][Aa] [A2a2][Af] | e2[Ac] [A2c2][Ae] | [B2f2][Bb] [B2b2][Aa] | [B2b2][Aa] [A2f2][Ae] |
[A2a2][Aa] [A2a2][Af] | [A2e2][ce] [c2e2]e | [A2f2][Af] [Af][Ae][Af] | [A3a3] [A2a2]e |
[A2a2][Aa] [A2a2][Af] | [A2e2][Dd] [D2d2][Ae] | [B2f2][Bb] [B2b2][Aa] | [B2b2][Aa] [A2f2][Ae] |
[Aa2][Aa] [Aa2][Af] | e2[ce] [c2e]e | e2e [Af]ee | [Aa3] [Aa2]B |
that’s my own imagining of what he meant anyway. I’m curious what you think.
This tune has been bugging me for hours as being so close to another that I know. I did a quick advanced search and here it is-
Denny Mescall’s slide
The better tune I feel.
Tunes stick in your head
Denny Mescall’s is to be found on Chieftain’s no.5 and has obviously fixated itself in my brain since the record first came out. I’ve played it again & again over the years. I typed in d2B c2d (being the second half of bar 2 in the ‘B’ music) ‘abracadabra’
thanks hetty. they do seem to be variations of the same tune.
I was thinking
That the tune is supposed o be in G but because of the noise it was moved up to A where most of the tune would be on the A and E strings. But the quote i shard to follow.
Go here for another version https://thesession.org/tunes/7563
Dee dai dee deedledee dai dee daa…!
Denny Mescall’s, X:3
As played by Randal Bays, under the title Patrick Kelly’s on the album Katy Bar The Door, track 12b: https://thesession.org/recordings/1960
Denny Mescall’s, X:6
Recorded in Midleton, co. Cork.