Kilcooley Wood (hornpipe)
Leeds piano accordion player Helen Flaherty is the source of this hornpipe. Helen is one of mighty players of the city and loves to play modern compositions with the old-fashioned feel, such as Martin Mulhaire’s "The Golden Keyboard" and Vincent Broderick’s "Spider’s Web." I didn’t know anything about the tune, but a bit of research shows that it was penned by Tippeary fiddler Sean Ryan.
Simple, happy… Just like me! ;)
"The Hidden Ireland:
The First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Seán Ryan"
Compiled by Brian Ryan
Page 13: "Kilcooley Wood"
Mike Rafferty gives an alternative title of "Kevin Rowsome’s" as he learned the tune from Kevin, grandson of Leo Rowsome.
Watch Eileen O’Brien play this tune with one of her father’s compositions: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6M1oViMn30
Re: Kilcooley Wood, bars A1 and A2 etc
Interesting that in the A1 A2 bars Eileen O’Brien plays it (and she doubtless knows how it was composed):
DGGA BDcD|BDAD GABc
DGGA BGcG|BGAF GABc
and for what it’s worth, that’s also the only way I’ve heard it, from Damien & Padraic O’Reilly (on the Riches of Clare Vol 2 CD). Quite a different sound.