I learned this strange little tune at the Meitheal Summer School in Limerick last year. It was written by Maurice Lennon, who I learned it from. He said that he wrote it when he was writing the music for a TV documentary about an expedition to the Arctic, and that he used some weird device to record the sounds made by a taut string vibrating in the wind to give him inspiration. Or something. I may be completely wrong.
I don’t think he ever gave it a title, so I took the liberty of giving it the obvious one.
Isn’t this the third tune in Cotati Nights… (Lúnasa, Redwood) …? Called Hunters Road, from what it says here: https://thesession.org/recordings/display/471
Maurice told me that it was written by Steve cooney and that it was called ‘the bicycle jig’…however its also supposed to have been written by Kevin Crawford and titled ‘hunters purse’ as it is on the Lunasa cd…
pardon me, that is of course ‘hunters ROAD’!
It looks like I AM completely wrong. But I could’ve sworn that’s what he said…
I have been wondering how on earth Kevin Crawford could have composed since I read the Lunasa liner notes, because I first heard it in 1985 when KC must have been in short trousers.
I learned it back then from a friend who had a recording of Louis McManus playing it at a gig. Louis called it "Steve Cooney’s jig" and since he and Steve were good friends I always assumed it was a Cooney composition. It has the ring of one of his tunes anyway. FWIW Steve Cooney wrote the music for a number of TV documentaries.
PS The version Joe posted here is pretty close to the "Steve Cooney’s jig" that Louis McManus played - much closer than the Lunasa version is.
my transcription of Lunasa´s version is:
E|:FAG FAG|FDE FAd|BFF Bcd|BBB dcB|
AdG FAG|FDE FAd|BGE cde|1 fag fdA:|2 f/2g/2ag fdd||
|:fed aaa|def fed|ecA AAA| (3Bcd e ABc|
~B3 def|ffb bag|~a2 f def|1 ecA d2f:|2 ecA BAG||"Ending"|A6||
The Bicycle jig
I’ve heard that name, too, but note that there’s also a bicycle slide - a completely different tune - and a couple of recordings that contain this slide are now linked here due to the common name.