“Fly By Night” / “The Low Level Hornpipe”
Som folks play this in a set with the James Hill tune, next entry…
“The High Level Bridge” / “The High Level Hornpipe” ~ James Hill
Submitted on August 29th 2003 by dafydd.
There are some mad folk in the world…
Low Level Hornpipe
This is not the Low Level Hornpipe recorded by Sean Maguire with the High Level on his Rubber recording `on 2 levels` under that name.Sean gave the title `low Level ` to a tune called the `Best Shot ` Hornpipe.
Fly By Night/Jessie Smith Hornpipe
I’ve just posted a tune called "Jessie Smith Hornpipe"
which has an A part which is remarkably similar to "Fly By Night", althought the B part is rather different, thus its separate entry.
Arthur Seat nearer to Jessie Smith hornpipe
I prefer to associate better "Arthur Seat" to "Jessie Smith hornpipe", rather than "Fly by night".
Listen from "Over the sea to skye" by James Galway & the Chieftains, track 2, tune 3.
The comments do not mention that Sean Maguire played this tune in Eb. There is another tune with the same name in Bb.
Fly By Night, X:2
From Ryan’s Mammoth Collection.
Fly By Night, X:3
From Luke O’Malley’s Collection of Irish Music, taken from the playing of Andy McGann and Larry Redican.
Fly By Night, X:4
Also from Luke O’Malley’s Collection of Irish Music, this was "composed" by Sean Maguire, as Luke states in the annotations Sean was pretty reluctant to write anything out, so presumably this is from his pen. He couldn’t think of an original title for his tune either, and, as we shall see, like so many other tunesmiths, lifted a bit of his tune from an earlier number which he had forgotten about.
Fly By Night, X:5
From the Fiddler’s Companion: ARTHUR(’S) SEAT . Scottish, Hornpipe. B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Hardie): AA’BB (Brody). Composed by the famous Scots composer and fiddler J. Scott Skinner, appearing first in his Cairngorm Series (Pt. 6), titled after a prominent Edinburgh landmark, a high volcanic plug. In fact, the name is quite ancient having been first recorded by Giraldus Cambrensis in the 12th century as ‘Cathedra Arturi’ (the Greek word cathedra means throne), and stems from the time the area was Brittonic, prior to the invasions of the Anglo-Saxon tribes. Bill Hardie notes that the cross bowing he indicates in his printed version of the tune "is particularly suited to the chromatic writing in the second strain." Skinner recorded the tune in the early 1920’s as part of “The Celebrated Hornpipes” medley. See also Irish versions under the title "Fly By Night (1)."
Source for notated version: Jean Carignan (Montreal, Canada) [Brody]
Fly By Night
So, we have two tunes going on here, but anyone looking for their titles should get what they’re after here. I should also mention that "Best Shot" from Ryan’s is just another setting of the Fly.
This all started for me last week when I noticed a "Plan of Edinburgh" pinned up on the wall of the session I attend on Mondays and of course asked if anybody knew this Arthur’s Seat tune.