A reel which in my experience is 100% associated with the North of Ireland. Bernie Stocks ( of "The Microphone’s Rambles" fame ) lived in Aberdeen for several years and gave me a tape once of various Belfast musicians, including Dermy Diamond whose main instrument at the time was the banjo. This was one of the reels played. I got the name of it from "La Lugh’s" CD, "Brighid’s Kiss" and the sleeve notes say they also got the tune from Dermy, who got it from Desi Wilkinson. A slightly different version was recorded by Frankie Kennedy on the 1st "Altan" LP. It’s the 3rd tune in a set of 3 reels which only gives 2 names. A simple tune, but with real drive in it.
Is Bernie the "Tape Worm"? I’ve been given numerous tapes of sessions around Ireland recorded by this fellow from the mid-80s and early 90s. Some great stuff. Tunes I’ve never heard on some of them.
Thanks for the tune Kenny.
There was some discussion about the "Tapeworm" a week or so ago, and the answer would be "no", Jack. Doesn’t sound at all like the Bernie Stocks I knew. Thought I should clear that up.
This is "Over the Water to Bessie," isn’t it?
This is a cool northern tune, which I recently recorded from Radio Ulster’s programme Culan. The player is Ciarán Ó Maonaigh, and this tune is called "Over the Water to Bessie": the same tune on "Altan." I’m not really sure, but what Gian Marco posted on this site might not be the real "Over the Water to Bessie." I need someone else to confirm this.
Well, you can actually listen to C. Mooney playing this tune: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/thelatesession/rams/9january.ram The set starts around 24:00. What a player he is!
As collected by Mr. Beamish
T: Dandy Denny Cronin
e2 AA e2 ef | gefd e2 (ef) | e2 AA e2 ef | gefd (~BA) A2 |
e2 AA e2 ef | gfgd e2 (dB) | d2 ef g2 a2 | gefd (~BA) A2 ||
a2 ef g2 a2 | gefd e2 (dB) | a2 ef g2 a2 | gefd (~BA) A2 |
a2 ef g2 a2 | gefd e2 (dB) | d2 ef g2 a2 | gefd (~BA) A2 |]
Dandy Dinny Cronin,, X:3
Tiarnan’s version from Ceol is Phiob
Dandy Dinny Cronin, X:4
A shorter version.