I got this setting off the recording by Matt Molloy, Sean Keane, and Liam O’Flynn called, "Fire Aflame." In this database the tune was incorrectly listed as "Whelan’s Old Bow," so the link to it won’t show up I’m afraid.
The Mulcahy Family
Sorry… everything about the incorrect listing of this tune refers to the Mulcahy Family’s recording as it is listed on this site, not the "Fire Aflame." That’s why "The Mulcahy Family" doesn’t show up.
This setting comes from the playing of Jack Coen, and can be found on the the album "Traditional Irish Music on Fulte and Guitar" which he made with his son Jimmy. According to Jack, this was composed by Tommy Whelan, formerly of the Ballinikill Traditional Players, in the 1930’s.
It was taught to me by Patrick Ourceau, who recorded it with Gearoid O hAllmhurain on their album "Tracin’". There they play the same setting in a different key (one full step down - Patrick played it as transcribed here with a filddle tuned to FCGD). When I get the chance, I’ll transcribe it in the other key, but you just need to take this one and bump it down a notch.
It is said that Tommy Whelan was a big influence on both Eddie Moloney and Jack Coen in terms of the repertoire as well as the flute playing style.
I see. So, although Eddie Maloney has played it often, he must have gotten it from Tommy Whelan. Now, if Tommy Whelan acts the oldest source that I have so far, it is still unclear whether he composed it. The Whelan in question could be Tommy though, more likely than Pat as the Mulcahys have suggested. Thanks slainte.
It’s very similar to the Lonesome jig (aka the Rolling Waves, but not *that* one.)
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