Looks like a fun tune, but you should change the ABC default note length to 1/4. Hopefully, that will fix the image—right now you’ve got 1 and a half beats per bar instead of 3.
Although I am not familiar with Glackin’s recording, I have a hard time seeing this tune as a waltz. Are you familiar with John Doherty’s marvelous rendition of this as a very evocative air reputedly learned by Paddy from the wailing of banshee? Spooky! I also have heard the great Belfast fluter Gerry O’Donnell play it as an air. I just can’t see banshees waltzing, though what they do after they have announced someone’s immanent death is their own business.
There’s a recording of Gerry playing Paddy’s Rambles as an air on ‘erne’ a cd of traditional music with Tommy O’ Sullivan, Cathal Hayden and Jim McGrath. It’s a lovely recording with guitar accompaniment. i think it’s a beautiful air and the G sharps add a eeriness to it.
Dezi plays a beautiful rendition of it as an air, he changes the key as well, making it very haunting and very hard to play! But he seems to have a longer version.
Paul McGrattan has recorded another rendition of this haunting air on his latest CD, "Keelwest." Its unaccompanied flute, apparently recorded live at his home during a thunder storm. He uses the ambient sound of the storm as a perfect backdrop for the air.
Still in all, Dezi Donnelly’s rendition is by far the most moving I’ve ever heard, especially when done live.
The Wynd You Know
Ronan Browne does this on his above album, and I was instantly drawn to this very unique sounding piece. Wish I had a G# key on my chanter!
I’ve submitted a version with the "correct" note lengths.
Eh……………….excuse me, but………….
………….unless I’m very much mistaken, nobody has yet posted the second part of the tune. This has been here for 10 years, 7 people have "Commented", it’s apparently in 67 "Tunebooks". Didn’t anybody* notice it’s only half of the tune until I looked at it just now ?
[ * - with the possible exception of Athena ]
You’re right, Kenny and Athena
Yes, I agree. The fiddler I used to accompany played a MUCH longer version of this air.
Haha! Well spotted there, I only just got a recording of this tune after I posted my "version" with correct note lengths. I’ve since altered it a bit, but there is still a bit missing. I’ll have a listen to Dezi later tonight and update accordingly.
Johnny Doherty’s version
Another lovely version by Patrick Molard.
Kenny was right; none of the posted ABC settings here include the entire tune. I’ll try to remedy that.
This is the setting Paddy Glackin plays on "In Full Spate," which differs from Doherty’s version in where the repeats occur, but is otherwise quite similar.
A haunting and rather mournful tune, with a hopeful turn.
Paddy’s Rambles Through The Park
There is an interesting setting by John Doherty’s nephew Simon notated in the wonderful ‘Northern Fiddler’ collection (1979), and as it’s not available these days, it might be worth putting it here. Um… OK, I’ll do it…