Learned from Kevin Burke and Jackie Daly’s swinging duet. I don’t know anything about this reel, but the title probably refers to the Sligo fiddler. Simple yet effective tune!
I don’t know why we haven’t heard more of this tune (I haven’t heard it before anyway) which I imagine would really swing at a session. It’s like a lot of single reels (Boyne Hunt, Shannon Breeze, Red Haired Lass, Mountain Road ……etc, etc) which are simple but so effective.
Great tune—I remember this from sessions in Oregon 25 years ago. The name doesn’t gibe, but I can’t recall what anyone called it back then. Good one, Kieran.
I actually recorded K. Burke and J. Daly playing this reel from a radio programme a couple of years ago. It’s obviously from their album "Eavesdropper." The sleeve notes of the recording might mention the source of the tune. It’s followed by another two single reels: the Boys on the Hilltop and Miss McGuinness. Conal O’Grada joins them for the last one.
Thanks for the heads up ‘slainte’, yes, it makes a lovely highland, but more so, it is familiar, but you know the tricks the mind can play with one. It is familiar as a highland, but I haven’t done a search for it yet. I decided first to give it as it pretty much came to me, but doing justice, hopefully, to this transcription first, then a few variations, the first with your flutes and whistles in mind: