Dicky Deegan’s Wasabi reel

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Dicky Deegan's Wasabi
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:AB B2 f3e|AB B2 cAec|AB B2 fBde|faaf eAce|
AB B2 f3e|AB B2 cAec|dB B2 effe|dBBA B2 B2:|
|:fB B2 fBde|faag fB B2|eA A2 eAfA|effe cA A2|
fB B2 fBde|faag fB B2|dB B2 effe|dBBA B2 B2:|
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X: 2
T: Dicky Deegan's Wasabi
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:GA A2 e3d|GA A2 BGdB|GA A2 eAcd|egge dGBd|
GA A2 e3d|GA A2 BGdB|cA A2 deed|cAAG A2 A2:|
|:eA A2 eAcd|eggf eA A2|dG G2 dGeG|deed BG G2|
eA A2 eAcd|eggf eA A2|cA A2 deed|cAAG A2 A2:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: Dicky Deegan's Wasabi
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
# Added by JACKB .

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Dicky Deegan’s Wasabi

I wrote this tune after an incident at the Australian National Folk Festival in Canberra some years ago. Dicky Deegan a great uilleann piper was having a break in the music, when someone approached Dicky and stated “Dicky try this.” This person put a spoon of Wasabi in Dicky’s mouth. The result was an instant re-action from Dicky, his face went red and his eyes started to water, you could almost see the smoke coming from his ears. It was almost cartoon like. Dicky being a gentleman piper remarked after he regained his composeur, “It’s quite hot isn’t it.”

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What’s Wasabi?

& the wasabi I’ve enjoyed was green… Horseradish is otherwise, but similar results in clearing the sinuses… 😏

You can eat wasahi ice cream in some parts of this country.


I see you’ve been at the Saki again slainte…

Dicky Deegan and Wasabi in the same tune - it’s got to be good.

I encountered Dicky Deegan at the Willie Clancy Week, 2000(?), having tunes with Peter Piper https://thesession.org/members/7959 in the lamented Malone’s kitchen. Perhaps it was a symptom of sleep and food deprivation, but the music had completely possessed me, and I was convinced that Dicky Deegan, at that moment, at least, embodied the soul of Willie Clancy himself.

I first iencountered Wasabi as an ingredient of Wasabi flavoured rice-crackers, that used to be sold in Victoria (now ‘Millenium’) Health Foods in Ealing Broadway. It is remarkably similar to Western horseradish in flavour (and not surprising that they are related, since a lot of members of that family are quite strongly flavoured - mustard, radishes, even cabbage can be quite pungent when eaten raw). Our own horseradish is nothing to be sniffed at. Most of us know white horseradish sauce, which contains cream, or the perhaps red kind, in which the pungency of the horseradish is tempered by the sweetness of beetroot. But a small nibble of fresh, neat horseradish is enough to give the lachrymals a thorough workout .

Jack - I like the tune. I thnk you chose the right key to capture both the heat and the colour of Wasabi - and it looks quite pipes-friendly (not that I’m a piper), so Dicky can play it whenever he wants to remind himself of the said incident. It’ll never fail to bring tears to his eyes.

I see, Jack, that you are a piper, so it is no surprise that you write pipes-friendly tunes.

Be careful what you sow ~ horseradish is a mad plant… We ‘used to’ make a raw sauce ~ just for visitors…

I’m going through a minor tune phrase, and every tune I write seems to be in a minor key, I have written a ripper in F# minor it’s a three part reel, I’m still deciding if I should post it or not. Dicky is playing the pipes very well. I remember in Geelong some years ago we went into the pipes and whistle competition against each other. Dicky won the whistle section and I won the pipes section. You would have to say he’s a character.

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Jack - You must be a fine piper.

C. - What did you do with the visitors afterwards?

😉 Yessssssss…

It wasn’t so much the visitors but the articles of clothing that were thrown onto the stage that annoyed me.

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Now that’s a difficult picture to clear from my head ~ Tom Jones with a set of pipes like Johnny Doran used to play in the fairs, with the steps, so he could play on standing or on the run from the guardai, and playing and strutting your stuff and women’s nickers hanging off the keys and ends and a big wad of curly chest hair exposed…

How to you manage it Jack without the keys pulling out hairs? 😏

Look it’s not easy but practice makes perfect, I think it only natural that women will view uilleann pipers as a play thing, they’re only human.

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I wish they would stop going on about wasabi.

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wasabi ~ Wasabi ~ WASABI - ABi - ABI - ABI ~ look into my eyes ~ here comes a soup spoon’s worth…