Rogha An Ghabha/The Blacksmith’s Fancy
This Donegal reel was transcribed for me by Malcolm Reavell, from a tape from the Willie Clancy week from some years ago. Subsequently recorded by "Altan" and more recently, "Danu".
In English, the title is "The Blacksmith’s Fancy". I think this was requested a while back.
Anybody have advice for playing this tune on a flute? Solo, I just transpose the octaves for the low notes, but it isn’t quite the same. I imagine it’s more effective in ensemble.
Wonderful first part. Is it just me or is the second part devoid of anything interesting?
Maybe it will grow on me.
Re: Rogha An Ghabha
Even if you do think the second part is boring (and I could see why) I still think it would be great to play for the first part alone. I would also revise the abc a bit by putting it in Dmix at least to start, modulating to Dmaj mid-tune.
By the way the version on Frank Cassidy’s Níl Gar Ann is killer.