The quintessential whistle tune! Makes for great pinky work on the fiddle as well. I
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First post tho I have lurked here for a while and think its a great site with realyy helpful and encouraging comments!
This tune is also known as Lord Wellington’s see 199 in Breathnach’s first volume. Its a good tune and certainly gets the pinky going frantic to move.
So Brad, I’ve never heard this one actually played and I’m a bit puzzled by that repeating |gabg gabg| phrase in the second half….do you do some sort of variation as you repeat the tune? Breathnach’s version (off an accordion player) does something altogether different, tho still pounding on that g.
Conal O’Grada does a much nicer version of this tune on the Scoiltrad site. This tune is in the free download for flute.
That | gabg gabg | measure was intended, I think it’s an old style thing. On all of older pre-60’s recordings I’ve heard it on that’s how it was played. but people tend to not do it that way anymore. I think it works really well that’s why I left it in. At least it can be used as a variation.
I like the first part of this version much better than the version I have been trying to play (on a fiddle). The one I have been doing battle with begins with:
G2 dG eG dF| G2
Getting smoothly from D -> F# -> G is about impossible for me at my stage of playing. The version presented on this site does not have the F# but rather another G, which helps immensely.
I have finally come to the conclusion that play that opening phrase with the pinkie for the E is just not fun. Here is another version of the tune that is more fiddle friendly:
T: Galway Rambler, The
GB dB eBdB|GABG AGEF | GB dB eBde | gedB AGEF |
GB dB eBdB|GABG AGEF | GFGA BABd | gedB A2 Bd ||
gfgb agab|gabg agef|gfgb agab|gedB A2 Bd|
gfgb agab|gabg ageg|bgag egde|gedB AGEF||
A Jig Settting?
Lost and Found: https://thesession.org/tunes/1160
Second tune here by the White Hare Band
This tune is so cool to play on flute! It is fairly easy, "all" you need is decent g and a roles.
Second tune here:
Is anyone familiar with a three-part version? The third is like this:
gfed eBBB | gfga bgaf | gfed edBd | gedB A2Bd|
gfed eBBB | gfga bgaf | gfed edBd | gedB AGEF|
I have a recording of Tommy Keane playing 3 parts at a Willie Clancy week recital, and think he put it on an LP record in the 1970s. I’d need to listen to the recording to hear if he played what you’ve written above. I think I’ve heard it only once apart from by him. It’s not played very often, but I do wonder where the 3rd part came from.
Here’s a version that doesn’t extend beyond the low G, for the use of ‘cornemuses du Centre’ players:
T: Galway Rambler, The
(3GGG dG eGdG| (3GGG dB AGGG | AGGA BABd | gedB AGGG |
(3GGG dG eGdG| (3GGG dB AGGG | GAGA BABd | gedB A2 Bd ||
gfgb a2ab|gabg agef|~g3 b a2ab|gedB A2 Bd|
gabg gabg | gabg a2ga|bgag (3efg fa|gedB AcBA||
playing so many G’s in a row is good rolling and ring finger practice!
Liz Carroll, Charlie Lennon, Mairtin O’Connor, Dave Flynn
The wonderful Kitty Hayes
Love that Kitty Hayes vid!
Anyone know which settings are closest to the way Kitty plays?
Who gave this the title of "The Kelburn Brewer" and why ? It’s far and away most common title is "The Galway Rambler" and it’s on probably at least 30 recordings I have under that name . I’ve never come across this title before, and don’t think Brad Moloney, who posted the original called it "The Kelburn Brewer", as he mentions the "Galway Rambler" title in his original "comment". Nobody mentions that title in any of the comments above, and apart from the reference to the name "Lord Wellington" in Breathnach’s book, everyone else refers to "The Galway Rambler".
Unless some justification is forthcoming, I’m inclined to change it, but perhaps whoever changed the original title would like to tell us why I shouldn’t do that ?
More on "Kelburn Brewer"
I’m with Kenny on this.
I don’t know why the tune was changed from "Galway Rambler" to "Kelburn Brewer".
I had never even heard of that title but after a little research I found this:
Obviously, they are not the same tune.
"Kelburn Brewer" should be removed from the list of "Also known as:"
Back to the original….
Thanks for that, "Roads To Home". One thing I am 100% certain of is that Alasdair Fraser did not compose "The Galway Rambler", nor has he ever claimed to, as far as I know. The title’s going back to "The Galway Rambler".
The Galway Rambler, X:6
Just about everything in this setting appears in at least one of the previously posted settings, but there are a couple of little differences. I’ve removed the trebles. I think it sounds nicer if you sometimes hold the long notes unornamented and sometimes flesh them out melodically, like gfg or g2 g for g3 or gf for g2. There’s eGdB in place of eGdG (or egdF or eBdB) in the first measure. And there’s ABcd in place of A2 Bd at the end of the first and second lines.
The Galway Rambler, X:7
Transcribed from the YouTube video with Kitty Hayes, Yvonne Casey, Quentin Cooper, and Eoin O’Neill, but moved up from F to G. They seem to randomly switch between AGED and AGEF in bars 2, 4, 6, and 16. I’m also a little unclear exactly what is happening in bar 15.
The Galway Rambler, X:8
This 3-part version comes from Brian Rooney’s ‘The Godfather’ https://thesession.org/recordings/406 .
The transcription is slightly ‘rationalised’ - the actual performance is loaded with minuscule variations.
Paddy Finley’s, X:9
From Paddy Cronin and Frank Neylon
The Galway Rambler, X:11
This is the key that Liz Carroll plays Galway Rambler in, in a set along with the Castle Kelly on her album "Double Play."