An Droichead Bheag
A 3-part hornpipe composed by dobro-guitar player Frankie Lane. I first heard it played by Brendan Begley, but this is as played by Scottish guitarist Tony McManus. Lovely on whistle.
Meaning "The Little Bridge"?
Yes, I believe the title means "The Little Bridge". I wonder, is it named after the pub of the same moniker in Dingle?
Is this the same Frankie Lane that made the CD of cowboy ballads (Gunsmoke at ElPaso)? How many Frankie Lanes are there in the world!? At any rate, I hope it’s the same guy—I totally love the Western Ballads…who knew?
Don’t think so………….
I think you mean Frankie Laine. As far as I know, this Frankie is Irish, and according to Tony McManus’s sleeve notes is based in Dublin.
Well, actually, I think that confirms rather than denies it!
Yes, this Frankie Lane that I’m thinking of *is* Irish—in fact, he recorded at the home of some of my friends in Wicklow. Cool.
We’re talking about 2 different musicians with the same–sounding name here, Crystal. It seems there are 2 Frankies - Lane and Laine - both who have recorded “cowboy” songs. I didn’t know about Dublin Frankie’s recording which you mentioned, but maybe you didn’t know about Frankie Laine who sang the theme songs for “Rawhide”, “Blazing Saddles” and “High Noon”. As far as I know, he never wrote any hornpipes though ! Good luck!
I actually *did* know about the guy who sang the theme songs for Rawhide and Blazing Saddles—he is definitely much older than the the guy I’m talking about.
The Irish Frankie Lane who I’m referring to is in his 20s or 30s and is based around Dublin. It is indeed a confusing issue since he had recorded a Cowboy album (I own it) like his older counterpart—and I wouldn’t necessarily be surprised if he *did* write the hornpipe. Anyways, didn’t mean for it to turn into a big argument; I suppose I just wanted a little more information about the composer of the tune.
I don’t think we’ve had an argument, Crystal, just some confusion which has ben amicably cleared up. I heard "Dublin" Frankie at the Willie Clancy week a few years back, a grand player, and he makes a great job of "Carmen Mahoney Mulhaire’s" reel. If he has any more tunes as good as this hornpipe, I’d love to hear them.
As a hornpipe this doesn’t do much for me, but it’d make a great reel. The 1st part reminds me of the 2nd part of the Flax In Bloom.