FLING : Paddy On The Binge
Though L. Nugent plays it one tone lower (Cmaj), I chose to use the more common key of Dmaj. On the tin-whistle, this fling is one the tunes u can easily transpose to another key: in this case, on a D whistle, it can be played in D or in G.
I usually follow it with the reel The Old Torn Petticoat.
As a ‘fling’, the B-part would not repeat…
To repeat or not to repeat ~
Sean Nugent’s playing is lovely, and he does play it with repeats. I suspect it may be his own composition, maybe someone can confirm that. It would be good to credit the source. As has happened with a lot of forms, the connection with the dance is thin to non-existant. While I really like how Sean plays this, beautifully. I would play it as a ‘fling’, 16 measures, with the B-part having the classic 2nd ending and not repeating it as he does… In other words ~ AAB, using the transcription here.
“Paddy on the Binge” ~ by Sean Nugent?
R: highland fling
K: D Major
|: FADE FAAF | FADE FDAD | FADE FAAF |1 EF D2 D4 :|2 E/F/E D2 D2 ||
d3 B ABdB | A/A/A FD EDBc | d2 d/d/B ABde | f2 e2 e2 de |
fedf edBc | dedB AF D2 | FADE FDAF | EF D2 D4 ||
Sean Nugent’s fine rendition includes repeating the B-part, as said previously, and he also plays the tune straight, without swing…the bridge to the reel version?
Oops! ~ I missed that, the lead into the B-part would be more clearly written A/B/c rather than as a triplet…
According to the liner notes of "Two for Two", this tune was written by Sean O’Driscoll, "the great mult-instrumentalist from Blarney, County Cork."
Paddy on the binge!!!
No doubt laurence plays this on TWO for TWO but neither laurence nor his late father sean composed this!!!