T: The Devil's Dream
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Also known as The De’il Amang The Tailors, Le Rêve Du Diable.
There are 6 recordings of this tune.
The Devil’s Dream has been added to 1 tune set.
The Devil's Dream has been added to 51 tunebooks.
I came accross this tune at our session. I transcribed it from this recording:
Dow was able to track a version down at this Japanese site:
This tune apears on James Byrne’s “The Road to Glenlough”.
There is an unrelated hornpipe with the same name
Thanks for the help Dow!
See the lengthy discussion
Er… I don’t agree about the lengthy discussion. Half of it is about a totally unrelated tune and the other half is about the differences between a hornpipe and a reel. I don’t see how it applies here.
Le diable n’aurait qu’un seul désire/rêve qu’il ne pourra jamais combler: jouer aussi bien du violon que les humains!
The Devil’s Dream, which will never be met, is to be able to play the fiddle as well as the humans.
I saw it wrote in the key of A in two partition books and also at the Montreal session tunebook website http://montrealsession.mine.nu/lookup.php?id=16&tb=reels.abc
The “identiairs québécois” website give it in the key of D
lahu, you will find the “Devil’s Dream” you seek here:
(otherwise known as De’il Amang The Tailors“ [in Scots])
Thanks Donaldk. Your are right. I did not care to go to the “hornpipe” one before you mention it.
I am very surprised to find it as an hornpipe.
“Le rêve du diable” (The Devil’s Dream) played as a reel is one of the must on radio in Québec on New Year time and any time tradition is celebrated. The music of this as a reel is almost as well known than the Sainte-Anne reel.
Yes, lahu, in Scotland it is also played as a reel (i.e., straight rather than swung) and is also very well known. However in that form, in my perhaps limited experience, it is never called “The Devil’s Dream”, always “De’il Amang The Tailors”.
What is the meaning of “De’il Amang” ?
Some historian here said that many of our reels comes from Scotland, while many of our 6/8 (jigs) comes from Ireland.
De’il [pronounced “Deel”] Amang = Devil Among.
Stellar version of “Devil Among the Tailors” on The Celli Bandits recording from back around 2000. Got to see them once at McGann’s in Doolin in Oct. 2001. Slainte.
The tune posted above - in E dorian - has nothing at all to do with “The De’il Amang The Tailors”, and certainly nothing to do with “The Ceili Bandits” version, which by a strange coincidence, I was listening to yesterday.
This tune is mentioned in Thomas Hardy’s novel ‘The return of the Native’ as a ‘six hand reel’ which can be played for an indefinitely long time. It is in the chapter ‘The two stand face to face’ and is footnote 156 in the version I have of the book. It occurs at an evening of dancing in a domestic house on Egdon Heath ‘between 1840 and 1850’.