The Jig version
There is a reel version of that tune. I thought it was relevant to post the jig version, for I believe it has a life of its own.
I really like that when a tune can be played in two different time settings. The Gravel Walks (reel) is another fine example for which Cathal McConnell has brilliantly made a jig version.
This lovely jig (or was it the reel) was written by piper Neil Dickie who was born in Glasgow, Scotland, in 1957 and later emigrated to the maritimes in Canada. I don’t know if its Mr. Dickie who wrote the reel and the jig versions or if its some other clever musician who did it. Anyway, it’s great stuff.
Paddy Keenan plays the reel with Galician piper Carlos Nunez on the wonderful CD Os Amores Libres. It follows the song The Raggle Taggle Gypsy and is in turn followed by a reel, untitled on the album, that I always thought to be from Quebec where its called "La Gigue à Ti-Mé". But hearing it on that album made me wonder if it originates from elsewhere. I did ask Paddy Keenan about that and he could not tell where the tune came from: It was proposed by Nunez’s team and was not identified. If anyone has info on this tune’s origins, I’d like to know.
The Clumsy Lover
There are only 4 parts here. Neil Dickie wrote 6. As far as I know it was Frankie Gavin who first recorded it as a jig on "De Danann’s" "Jacket Of Batteries" LP.
Neil Dickie was asked on radio Scotland’s "Pipelines" programme 2 years ago what he thought of the jig version. He said he didn’t mind how musicians played it, as long as he got the credit for composing it.
Is it Aidan Coffey who plays the jig version on "Jacket Of Batteries"? Then I think Frankie & co. crack in with the reel after
The Clumsy Lover Jig, X:4
This is the version from Iain MacDonald & Iain MacFarlane - The First Harvest.
There are six parts here, although they repeat a couple of them (3rd & 4th parts) at the end of the tune.
Re: The Clumsy Lover Jig
On "Jacket of Batteries" they are playing the 1st, 2nd, 5th & 6th parts, both for the reel and the jig version.