This is a bit tricky on the fiddle with the crossing between the 2nd & 4th strings in the begining bit. The open A can be used instead of the low A as a variation. The Scotch snap in the B part is optional too, I’ve heard it done with the snap & liked it - so I left it in. This is not the most common of tunes but it is very nice.
This one was a favorite of Paddy Reynolds, who recorded it with Andy McGann (as "Flaherty’s") and on his LP with Charlie Mulvihill, where he called it after Lad O’Beirne. It’ was printed in Breathnach’s Ceol Rince no. 4.
I’ve just been listening to Caladh Nua play this on "Happy Days" and it filled me with happiness. Thank you, Brad - wher did you pick it up from? I recognised it, and I remembered that I first heard Buttons and Bows play it on their Gracenotes album - happy memories of one of my favourite listening experiences!
Sound like the tune Tom Creegan taught at the San Francisco Pipers 2013 Tionol. He called it Crossing the Field.
Caitlin Nic Gabhann setting
As learned from her self titled Album
This is how I heard it on the Andy McGann & Paddy Reynolds recording, with slightly different phrasing from the settings above. (The chords are my addition: feel free to disregard them if you don’t think they’re right).
Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. This version was collected with the title Pete Bates’s Hornpipe, which I see is one of the alternative titles given above.
Anyone know anything about Pete Bates?