Stephen Cooney wrote this tune, played by Sharon Shannon on her self-titled cd. They do it in F#minor, but Em is a more fiddle friendly key.
The Barra MacNeils also play it in F#minor as part of a set…A great piece.
i like the version done by seamus o’sullivan and gerry conlon, great to dance to.
This reel is very aptly named: It’s full of adrenaline and attitude, sudden changes of direction…
It is one of the first ‘modern’ Irish tunes I’ve heard. As such it stood out for quite some time before the flood of ‘new generation’ tunes broke the lilting gait…
Do yo know when it was written?
Probably written around the eighties.
We can be more precise than that - if the above link works, that’s to a "Youtube" live recording from 1983. I’m pretty sure I heard them playing it in Edinburgh in 1982.
Link seems to work OK.
Sharon Shannon, starts @ 1min 33s:
A whistle-friendlier setting.
Couldn’t get your link to work Kenny - "video unavailable".
I just remember this as being a Stockton’s Wing tune: hope this version works (and there are some more recent ones on YouTube too.)
Couldn’t resist the more recent version:
The suggested original recording (Stockton’s Wing) doesn’t have both parts (I even think Steve Cooney was in the line-up). I hadn’t heard the whole tune until I got hold of the Sharon Shannon album some 20 years ago.
Yes, Steve was in Stockton’s Wing in the early 80s: and he played didgeridoo, as you hear on that first video above. (One of our favourite ever Irish bands, as well as Sharon Shannon’s!)
Still prefer the Stockton Wing version on their old "take one - live" album. It is just the B part pls a lot of funky bass and drum and……