A tune from the tradition, no offence intended! I had completely forgotten about this tune until I heard it on a "Hidden Fermanagh" CD, grabbed a whistle and played it through. It’s fairly close to the recorded version. I associate it the late, great Mick Hoy, fiddler, singer, story-teller and one of most entertaining people I ever met. I consider myself very fortunate to have enjoyed his company on several occasions in the late 70s and early 80s. I learned the tune c. 1981 from Gary Hastings, the mighty Belfast fluter who is now a Church of Ireland minister in Westport, county Mayo. I forget whether Rev. Gary learned it from Cathal McConnell or directly from Mick. While I’m at it, I’ll put in a plug for the 2 "Hidden Fermanagh" CDs which contain more tunes handed down by Mick and many other rarities. I have no idea what the title means, if it means anything at all. Thanks to Will H who gave my effort at transcribing my own playing of the tune the once-over. Hope it came out OK. If not let me know.
For those interested, "The Boys of 25", another one of Mick’s tunes, has already been posted by Kenny.
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"The Boys of 25"
submitted by ‘Oi Freakin Oi’, June 7th 2005
Is it this one you mean?
Good one , Longnote. I’d only ever heard this on the "Na Draodoiri" recording until the Fermanagh CDs and book came out. I was reminded of it a week past Tuesday in Miltown when Cathal McConnell, Sharon Creasey and Cyril Maguire played it at the flute /whistle recital. They played some interesting stuff.
ceolachan’s right - it wasn’t me who posted "Boys Of 25", but I did comment, and promise to post abcs of how I’ve heard it, which I see I never got round to. I will do that soon.
Just while I’m here, I did indeed see Mich Neilsen in Miltown - he was organising the house we were staying in, and sends his regards.
Yes, that’s the tune. Sorry I got the contributor wrong. Maybe the tunes would make a nice set in memory of Mick.
I found another version of this on the net with what I think is an incorrect title, Jigging the Donkey, which seems to be the title of a different Northern tune.
T: Swing Swang
N: Incorrectly entitled Jigging the Donkey
S: Seamus Quinn, Fermanagh (fiddle)
D: Tape of recital, Irvingstown, Fermanagh 1993
N: As played
Z: Bernie Stocks
DG (3.G.G.G DGBG | DGBG AGFE | DG(3.G.G.G G2ge | dBAc BG[B2G2] :|
Bd (3.d.d.d efg2 | Bd (3.d.d.d dBA2 | Bd (3.d.d.d efge | dBAc BG [B2G2] |
Bd (3.d.d.d efg2 | Bd (3.d.d.d dBA2 | c2Bc Agfg | ecAc BGG2 ||
D-limited instruments, and as variations ~ 8-)
Where and when possible, I’ll offer some alternate move for those that are confined to a lowest note of D below the treble staff, such as winds ~ whistles, flutes, pipes… Sometimes they are obviously double stops, especially where I’ve given a fiddler as the source, as the one given in the comments, though that is without double stops. But the version given is in consideration of those D-limited instruments, and in one case for the c’ shy ~ [c’c].
Here are some of the possibilities for those bars, first as given ~ the B-part ~
|: c>e |\
g>ec>A^G>AE>A | [CF]>[EA][A,D]>[CF] [Dd]>FA>[Ff] | [^Gg]>Be>d c>dB>c | A2 ^G2 A2 (3EF=G |
~ either ~
g>ec>A^G>AE>A | C>AA,C D>FA>F | ^G>Be>d c>dB>c | A2 ^G2 A2 (3EF=G |
~ or ~
g>ec>A^G>AE>A | F>AD>F d>FA>f | ^g>Be>d c>dB>c | A2 ^G2 A2 (3EF=G |
Which can also be a choice taken by a fiddler as well, or as variations of each other…
:-/ Apologies, something went la-la on my end, and it wasn’t me! :-P
DAMN IT!!! The page blitzed on me and the above has gone on in the wrong comments….