The Piper’s Broken Finger reel

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Patsy Hanley’s (a few times) and Siney Crotty’s (a few times).

The Piper's Broken Finger has been added to 35 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Piper's Broken Finger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
eged G2 Bd | deed ef gz | gedB GBdg | b2 ba ge d2 |
eged G2 Bd | e2 ed efga | gedB BABd | b2 ba ge d2 |
b3 g a3 a | agab aged | b2 bg a2 ba | gedB BAAG |
b2 bg a3 a | agab aged | BA A2 a2 bz | a2 ba aged |
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The Piper's Broken Finger
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
eged ~G2 Bd | ez ed egga | gedB BA ~A2 | bz ba ge dz |
eged ~G3 d | ez ed egga | gedB BA ~A2 | bz ba ge d2- |
dz bg az ba | gedB dega | bg ~g2 az ba | gedB BA ~A2 |
bz bg ~a3z | agab aged | BAAG az ba | ag bz aged |

Seven comments

The Piper’s Broken Finger

Composed by Cathal McConnell, and posted in response to a request from someone at "Chiff & Fipple". Will comment later.

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Someone asked about this tune on the “Chiff & Fipple” website, and since I knew of it, I said I’d have a go at transcribing it, even though I remembered it as having a somewhat unusual rhythm in the 2nd part. Couldn’t get it at all, so I “sub-contracted” it out to Malcolm Reavell, who’s much better than me at notating tunes. I merely translated it into “abc” format to post here, so the credit [ or blame ! ] is his.
There’s a great story I heard on Radio Scotland’s piping programme a few years ago, about the late Pipe Major G.S.McLennan. One of his pupils had written a march and asked G.S. for his opinion. He thought for a moment, and then said , “Aye, Robbie, it’s mair clever than musical”.
That, I’m afraid, is my opinion of this particular tune, but feel free to disagree.

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I actually love listening to Marcas O’Murchu playing this and the Cocktail in a set. The two unusual tunes go well together.

Missing note ?

From memory, and I have not heard the tune for years, I think the note missing at the end of the fifteenth bar is a G quaver. I think this is a good-going flute tune, very good in fact.

Someone gave me The Boy’s Of The Lough’s album in 1977 as a wedding present and here’s a quote from the sleevenotes.
"For those of a curious nature,the title tune refers to an unlucky accident to Finlay MacNeill’s finger.This was broken in an "unlucky accident" just when he was about to record the tracks.However,every cloud has a silver lining! Having found an appropriate title for Cathal’s newly composed reel,it was natural to give the same title to the album."

Stiil a great album,and it sounds much better on vinyl than it does on cd.

This is a fantastic tune

Setting #2

from playing of James Carty