the two peacock’s feathers tunes are often played together here in portland, with the low one going first. i’ve also heard the second one preceded by delahanty’s hornpipe.
Also Played by Frankie Gavin
Both tunes appear on his classic album of c. 1977 w/Alec Finn.
Yup, though with the loss of the dancing this one smears closer to a hornpipe, it is a barndance and some of the traces of that remain…
= Schottische / German / Barndance
“The Peacock’s Feather” ~ the other one
Here’s the version I got off Joe Dowling in Carlow/ Kilkenny. He also calls it Willie Copley’s from whom he learnt it off.
T:Peacock’s Feather, The
G| AFDF A3A | defd B2ef | g2fg egdB | AGFG E3G |
| AFDF A3A | defd B2ef | g2fg egdB | Adfe d3:|
:g| af(3gfe (3fedec | defd B2ef | g2fg egdB |AGFG E3G|
|AFDF A3A | defd B2ef | g2fg egdB | Adfe d3:|
This is an Irish version of the Scottish tune "The "Glasgow Highlanders". I doubt if it was ever called "The Peacock’s Feather" before it was paired with the other hornpipe of that name by Frankie Gavin and Alec Finn on their 1977 Shanachie recording, but I could be wrong about that.
Not the peacock you’re looking for?
Try this one: (A passage to infinity)
George Gheverghese Joseph’s The Crest of the Peacock
http://mat-av.blogspot.ch/2012/04/crest-of-peacock-non-european-roots-of.html Non-European roots of Mathematics;
a pretty good read, prettier at any rate than this awful hornpipe which must have been inspired by the peacock’s own cry!
The Peacock’s Feathers, X:3
That’s how I play the tune, though I don’t remember when and where I learned it.
Re: The Peacock’s Feathers
See also Proinnsias Ó Maonaigh’s German: https://thesession.org/tunes/17421