This is the second tune for the Lord McDonald’s set, those quater note "A’s" leave a lot of room for double stops both with the E in the root & the "unison" double stop. The A’s also are OK if tripleted. I play it three parts with the variation as the third part but I’ve heard it played as two parts varying between the two high parts.
I like to follow it with "The House on the Hill" but that’s just me…
This is a great tune. Although there is a third part to the versions I’ve heard. I havn’t fully learnt the tune yet so I can’t post it. It’s one of Joe Burke’s favourite and on the album with him and Sean McGuire, they play this after Paddy Ryan’s Dream which makes a nice change of mood.
It also goes nicely after Lad O’Byrne’s Favourite.
also played by the early flute player Tom Morrison, listed as the Roscommon reel: http://www.archive.org/details/TomMorrisonTheRoscommonReel
The Rocks of Muff
This setting of the tune is transcribed from a manuscript written by John Masterson (c.1840-c.1925) a fiddle player from Moyne, Dromard, Co. Longford. His parish is situated in the border region of north Longford, south Leitrim and west Cavan. There are places in Donegal and Cavan called ‘Muff’ so perhaps his setting originated from either of these counties.
This tune is essentially the same as ‘The Leitrim Thrush’ and should be merged together on the one page IMO:
Is there jig by this name too?
I learned a jig a while but I don’t have a name for it. I was listening to Pandora and the Culann’s Hounds came on and the second jig they played was titled "Ballinasloe Fair" (https://thesession.org/recordings/2945). It’s on track 7. I’m not able to find a recording of this track anywhere that’s easily accessible.
Re: Ballinasloe Fair
The jig played by Culann’s Hounds that is called Ballinasloe Fair on their album is actually the Lilting Banshee.
Re: Ballinasloe Fair
The Chieftains album, "Boil the Breakfast Early" has a track entitled, "Chase Around the Windmill," which is a medley. The second tune is listed as Ballinasloe Fair and it is a jig, the same tune as Culann’s Hounds call by the same name.
Apparently, Ballinasloe, Co. Galway, has been holding a horse fair in October from time out of mind.