This one came from the Willie Clancy Week, a flute class several years ago by Seamus McMahon, who went on to record it with "Fisherstreet". He only taught 4 parts in the class, but by the time "Fisherstreet" was recorded, he’d found a 5th part. Surprised it isn’t heard more. As good a jig as I’ve ever heard.
We play this tune often here in SF Kenny. Dale, Junji and I recorded it as well — great jig indeed.
This is one of the old ones.
There is a 3 part slip jig in O’Neil’s Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody that is essentially three of the five parts of Helvic Head.
It is called Yellow Stockings, and noted as from O’Farrell’s National Irish Music, 1797
Helvic Head is fully written out in Waifs and Strays as Melvin Head and noted as from Serg’t Jas. O’Neill Mss.
We like to play it in Toronto too when we can remember how it goes, and I suspect it came from Jack via Karen Light
“The Yellow Stockings” = “The Kitten”
Submitted on June 4th 2005 by ceolachan.
This appears in O’Neill’s as "Walk Out Of It, Hogan".
‘It is called Yellow Stockings, and noted as from O’Farrell’s National Irish Music, 1797’
It’s in O’Farrell’s Pocket Companion (Vol 1) as Helvic Head, in all its glory (5 parts), but with some slight differences.
It’s also in Walsh’s collection of pipe friendly tunes.
You can listen to Kieran Munnelly and Aidan O’Donnell’s great duet playing of this tune: http://www.myspace.com/kieranmunnelly
Great clip from Geantrai
T: Helvic Head
G3 AGE | A3 AGE | G3 AGE | GAB GED |
G3 AGE | A3 ABc | BBB AGE | GAB GED :|
BGG AGG | BGG AGE | BGG AGE | G2 G GED |
BGG cAA | dBB eAA | BGG AGE |1 GAB GED :|2 G2 G GBd |
ggg dBG | AAA ABd | ggg dBG | dgf g2 a |
bag agf | gfe dBG | B2G AGE | GAB GED :|
G2 c BGd | BGd AFD | G2 c BGd |1 AFD GED |2 edB AFD |
G2 c BGd | BGd ABc | BBB AGE | GAB GED :|
DDD DDD | AAA AGE | DED DED | GGG GED |
DDD DDD | A3 ABc | BBB AGE | GAB GED :|
Re: Helvic Head
Helvick Head, facingDungarvan, Co. Waterford, in photos : https://goo.gl/maps/pSoXRurVY9N2