I first heard this reel by Derry piper Joe McLaughlin, but it’s probably better known from Frankie & Mairead’s 1st LP. Also "De Danann" used to play it. Alternative title is "The Rat In The Thatch".
Great tune Kenny! Got this from the Frankie and Mairead album you mentioned, but for some reason I started playing it in F rather than G on the fiddle, I’ll have to translate it back up again.
I love that album…in fact, maybe I’d better go find it right now…Kenny, check your e-mail for TheSession if you haven’t, would you? (If you have, that’s fine too!) A great tune, for sure…
De Danann’s version
Here a setting based on Frankie Gavin’s fiddling from the CD How the West was Won (and also on Anthem).
T: Jimmy Byrne’s
G2 dG BdGB|dGBd cedB|G2 dG Bcde|dBcA (3BcB EF|
GBdG BdGB|dGBd cedB|GBdG Bcde|dBcA BGGB||
egfg egfe|fd d/d/d Adfd|egfg efga|bgaf gfed|
egfg efge|defg afdf|geaf gedB|cAdc BGAF||
and the lower octave "doubling" version
T: Jimmy Byrne’s
G,2 DG, B,DG,B,|DG,B,D CA,DB,|G,2 DG, B,CDE|DB,CA, B,/C/B, A,B,|
G,B,DG, B,DG,B,|DG,B,D CEDB,|G,B,DG, B,CDE|DB,CA, B,G,G,A,||
B,EED B,E^CE|D2 FD A,DFD|EFGF EFGA|BGAF GFED|
EBGE B,E^CE|DEFG ABAF|GABc dedB|cAdc BGAF||
Matt Cunningham’s version of The Humours of Tullyknockbrine
In Volume 10, Track 4 of Matt Cunningham’s Dance Music of Ireland there is a slightly different version in C called "The maid of Tullyknockbrine"
T:The maid of Tullyknockbrine
C2GC EGCE | GCEG AFDB, | C2 GC EGGA | GEDG EC C2 :|
A3G (3ABc BA| G2BG dGBG | (3GAB cB ABcd | egdg eAAG |
ABcd egdB | G2BG dGBG | C2GC EGGA | GEDG ECCB, ||
Played by Frankie Gavin, Dermot Byrne….”Youtube”
First reel here, second one is "Dinkie’s". Take a swatch at Steve Cooney’s guitar !!! :)
Re: The Humours Of Tullyknockbrine
Jaysis, how young is Dermot Byrne in that clip!
The Humours Of Tullyknockbrine, X:4
I seem to have picked up a particularly "fiddle"y version. Particularly the second half, which looks awkward, but is lovely to play.
The Humours Of Tullyknockbrine, X:5
As played by Mairéad and Frankie on Ceol Aduaidh, track 14b.