One of many great compositions by button-accordion player Billy McComiskie. There are several versions with minor variations of this tune going round. This was transcribed by Ged Palmer, a fine fiddle-player who lived for a while in Aberdeen. I think this particular transcription came from a recording of the tune made by the fiddle-playing brothers Seamus and Manus McGuire .
The Hostile Winds of Controversy
I couldn’t resist.
At the End of the Day
Here’ the setting Dervish recorded. Of course each instrument plays it slightly different from the other, and each instrument plays it different each time through, but I tried to establish a consensus — more or less. So if you happen to be looking for what’s on that recording… here ya go.
S: Dervish (At the End of the Day)
C: B. McComiskey
~d3e dB ~B2 | g2bg abge | d2 Bd gedB | BAGB ABce | ~d2Be dB ~B2 |
gabg abge | d2 B/c/d gedB |1 AGFA G3 e :|2 AGFA G3 A ||
B3 d ~A2 BA | GEDE GA B/c/d | egab gedc | BAGA BAA2 | BedB A2BA |
GEDE GA B/c/d | egab gedc |1 BGAB G3 A :|2 BGAB G3 e ||
Here’s a version in D
D:Dervish Live - WBGH
|: A3 B AF F2 | d2 Bd efdB | AF F2 dBAF | FEDF EFGB |
A3 B AF F2 | d2 Bd efdB | AF F2 dBAF |1 EDEF DEFG :|2 EDEF D2 z2 |
|: F2 GF E2 FE | DB,A,B, DEFA | BABc dBAF | FEDF E2 Ez |
F2 AF E2 FE | DB,A,B, DEFA | BABc dBAG |1 FDEF D2 Dz :|2 FDEF DEFG |
"The Controversial Reel" ~ brought back from the future
Submitted on July 8th 2006 by biotech_cowboy.
K: G Major
~B3 d ed (3Bcd) | ~g3 b abge | dGBd gedB | BAGB ~A2 GA |
~B3 d ed (3Bcd) | ~g3 b abge | ed (3Bcd) gedB | AGFA G3 A :|
BddB AcBA | GEDE ~G3 d | ~e3 d gedB | BAGB ~A3 G |
BzdB AcBA | GEDE ~G3 d | egfa gedB | AGFA G2 :|
~ As Turlach Boylan plays it on "The Tidy Cottage". It’s notated as how he plays each part the first time through, but of course he goes on to add nice variation with the repeats. It’s a bit different from Dervish’s recording. Boylan plays it with a nice lilt. A great tune, no matter who plays it or how.
# Posted on July 8th 2006 by biotech_cowboy
Re: The Controversial
Love John McCann’s youtube clip setting, especially the tempo.