Little Katie Kearney
This tune is in O’Neill’s (both the original and Krassen’s edition), but the setting posted here is a bit different, aiming to stay truer to a Northern style. And I’ve been pairing it with The Watchmaker (very similar A part but in A dorian, an interesting change).
Lovely tune! Thanks for posting it, Will.
Thanks H, except it’s obviously a fiddle setting. I should’ve included a more flute/whistle-friendly setting as well. I suppose you could simply play "cBc" in the B part, in place of the c roll and [c2e2] doublestops.
So, where did you get it, Will?
It’s my own setting, after scanning both O’Neill’s sparked a fuzzy memory of hearing this played by, I think, Altan.
Isn’t this recorded by Altan somewhere?
When playing it with Cnat instaed of C# it looses all its northern touch - and it is ainteresting tune, too.
I don’t think “Altan” did ever record this. The reel you’re thinking about is “The Three Scones Of Boxty” [ or Baxty”]. The 2 tunes are very similar.
…. or not ?
……..then again, it might be “The Monaghan Twig” I,m thinking about. One of them has similarities to this. I also seem to remember that John Skelton recorded this in 2 different keys, I think G and then up to A. A nice tune in its’ simplicity - thanks, Will.
This seems to be a reel version of a popular highland. Here’s a highland version
ed|:c/2A3/2AG E/2A3/2AB|c/2A3/2Ae a^gae|c/2A3/2AG E/2A3/2Ac|BAGB dged:|
~=c2c2 gedB|=cBAg aged|=c2 cd efge|dBGB dged|
~=c2c2 gedB|=cBAg a2 ga|(3bag (3agf gage|dBGB (3fga ed|
Altan recorded the highland setting - go here for a transcription https://thesession.org/tunes/3981/
Little Katie Kearney, X:3
An interesting setting of this tune from Leo Rowsome. It’s in the Leo Rowsome Collection of Irish Music and a snippet of a recording of Leo playing it can be heard in the following documentary at around 14:15, after Paddy Maloney finishes speaking.
Re: Little Katie Kearney
Another widespread tune. It’s played in Scotland as a Strathspey called "Alasdair MacAlister".
Altan did indeed record it on their 1989 album Horse with a Heart, as "Con Cassidy’s Highland" and there are two other Donegal settings in The Northern Fiddler (1979): an untitled Highland from Con Cassidy, and as "The Canamine Highland" from Simon Doherty. There are also echoes of the tune in "The Green Cottage Polka" - although if it is related, it’s distantly.