About this tune…
Since I first heard this song (in the album "Song of The Irish Whistle 2" by Joanie Madden") I love it. I read it is also in the soundtrack of the movie "The Way West".
I searched everywhere but couldnt find the tune so I decided to make it myself, as Joanie plays it (except for the ornaments). The only difference is that, given my limited scale variety of tin whistles, I decided to make it for the key of G (Joanie plays it in another key), but I guess you guys can transpose it if you want to.
I am not sure about the time signature and I am quite sure it is not a hornpipe but then again The Session doesn’t allow for much flexibility in choosing the rythm, does it? I guess it is a… Slow Air? By the way when can something be called a Slow Air? Can something be for example a jig and a slow air simultaneously? I know that for example the "The South Wind" (haunting, by the way) is known as a waltz and simultaneously as a slow air…
Best way to play it
By the way, in my opinion, the best way to play this tune is (as Joanie Madden does it):
- In legato and almost no tonguing (e.g., for tin whistle players)
- With little or no ornamentation
Oh dear, just came upon this. The ABC is substantially wrong. The tune should be in 3 not 4, and shifted by one beat:
DGA|B2 G2 D2|E4 GA|B2 G2 d2|d4 gf|e6|
d4 c2|B2 c2 d2|G4 GA|B2 G2 e2|d4 BA|
G2 A2 B2|E4 GA|B3A G2|G2 E3D|D2 E2 G2|
A4 GA|B3A G2|G2 E3D|D2 E2 G2|"Fine"G4|]
gf|e3f g2|e4 dc|d2 A2 c2|B4 GA|B2 e3B|
B2 d2 BA|G2 A2 B2|A4 gf|e3f g2|e4 dc|
d2 A2 c2|B4 GA|B2 e3B|B2 A2 G2|E6|"DC al Fine"F3|]
It’s an orchestrated tune by Brian Keane from the soundtrack of the documentary film "The Way West". Played by Joanie Madden in G fingering on a G whistle, for a concert key of C Major.
Hi there. Thanks a lot for correcting my transcription. Indeed it was off, I posted it 10 or 11 years ago when I was making my first steps into playing, transcribing and in music in general. Grateful for correcting it meanwhile :P