Caves of Kiltanon
This is a lovely tune written by Paddy Canny (a wonderful East Clare fiddler). I learned this off his solo album, which I’ve put in the recording section. From the liner notes: (it) "epitomizes the distinct and spellbinding beauty of that style and attests to the indisputable brilliance of its finest exponent".
The tune is in 3 parts. As I’ve written it, it is played AABC. It could have been an AABBCC but I liked the differences in the version on the CD between the repeats of the B and C parts so I wrote them out completely.
Paddy’s ornamentation adds a lot to the tune but, in keeping with the recent thread, I left most of it out (and also because I couldn’t quite figure out how to ABC notate his ornamentations 🙂. For example, in the A part, Paddy does a some of sort of slide thingys - it sounds really neat, particularly on the AB in the middle of the first (full) measure. To me, it seems different from a normal slide, kind of a lingering on the A and slowing changing to the B (flat). There are also a lot of triplets and cuts. In part A, you could do the 4th measure like this:
BDG (3FGF DC
For the one of common phrases in the tune
A | BAG AFD |
You can put a cut on the B ( sort of hold the B, cut with a d then back to the B - I couldn’t figure out how to do it in ABC) - done the way that Paddy does it, it make the B take a tad bit more time, giving a nice sort of melancholy, lazy feel. You can do the same thing in the 4th measure, instead of, or in addition to, the triplet.
Another common phrase is (for example, measure 2 of part B):
D | Gga bag | afd cB
You can put a triplet in on the c like this:
D | Gga bag | afd (3cdc B
Then there are these separately-bowed triplets that go so fast you almost can’t hear them. In the 1st and 2nd measures of part C, the phrases:
A | BGd BGd | AFc AFA |
are done kind of like this:
A | BGd (3BAG d2 | AFc (3AGF A2 |
I find this tune fascinating to play, there’s just something about it that keeps me interested. I highly recommend the CD to everyone, Paddy’s playing is wonderful, I only wish he had more CDs (there is one other with him and a bunch of other players - follow the amazon link from the recording page and it will show up).
Thanks to to Will for his Modes and Key signatures chart - I think I might have even gotten the key right! (and thanks to you too, Zina, for putting it up on your web site).
Liz Carroll Version
I found a Liz Carroll version of this tune entitled "Paddy Canny’s Jig" in which she adds accidentals of F# and B natural in the B part. She Repeats the B part with a second ending going back to the key signature. She also repeats the C phrase. Glad you posted this original version. I think playing these two versions back to back will sound great and make some heads turn with the accidentals the second time through.
i think this might actually have been composed by Bobby Casey.. Does anyone know more about this lovely tune?
I found a recording of this tune on Paddy Canny’s CD Traditional Music From The East Clare Fiddler at Custy’s music in Ennis, Co. Clare. There is a website to order the CD: http://www.custysmusic.com/
The entire CD is fantastic.
The 3rd part is in the form of a Baroque variation that has been used, amongst other pieces, in Greensleeves.
played by Mary McNamara
listen to her here :
Sorry… Mary Mac Namara !