This is another tune that could just be an alternative setting of something else, but I couldn’t find anything too similar to it in my searches… so apologies if it’s already here, I did try! It’s the last tune of track 18 on ‘Dear Old Erin’s Isle’.
This is ONE FINE TUNE!
Not what anyone else calls "Cooley’s" though. Does anyone know more about it’s background?
coming back to the discussion, this has become a staple of my playing: with its separation of voices and angular melody, it is an absolute gem.
As played by Con Ó Drisceoil on It’s a Secret, where they call it Jimmy Doyle’s Favourite (not to be confused with Jimmy Doyle’s Polka, where the link from the recording page takes you). As Ian says, the turn/B music is closer to one of the settings of Down the Back Lane than anything else. Key is definitely D major on this recording, with just a couple of C nats in bars 2 and 6 of the B music.
This tune is closely related to the Humours of Ayle House, https://thesession.org/tunes/2295 , especially X:3 with the C#s. There it will be pleased to find it has another load of cousins waiting for it in O’Neill’s!
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