I just heard this at a session two nights ago. It was paired with the "Boys of Ballysodare", played by a really fantastic fiddler and guitar player. It is really beautiful!
You can hear this tune on Lunasa’s "Otherworld", among other places.
Written by Grey Larsen
This tune was on Dalglish & Larsen’s famous "Thunderhead" album and was also paired with Boys of Ballysodare on that album.
In the Lunasa Tunebook it is written as a Waltz I think they play it at about walt tempo but it is swung. Great tune none the less.
So, is it trad or was it written by Grey Larsen?
And are there copyrights if paring it with Boys of Ballisodare?
On a YouTube video Dalglish says that he and Larson Had a great dinner before the tour and were told that,before they would deserve dessert, they would have to shake the apple tree and start from scratch. They did and made five gallons of applesauce. The tune has no connection to apples, but, "What can ya do?" A nice story from a great musician. The Boys of Balisdare is also paired with this tune on the video.
Re: Stolen Apples
It’s actually Malcolm Dalglish’s composition, and first appears on the Dalglish and Larsen album "Thunderhead."
I would assume you need to get in touch with Malcolm if you want to record it. Not sure how the copyright law deals with live performance, but certainly credit him. Grey told me that at one point he ran across a recording of "Thunderhead" (which is his composition) that had it listed as traditional, which on one hand felt like a compliment, but on the other, being cheated out of the credit. So far as I know, Boys of Balisdare is traditional and free to use, although if one does an exact replication of someone else’s arrangement, it should probably be credited. Of course, exact replications of arrangements are not really part of the tradition.