Tear the Calico
This reel is almost identical to the Clogher reel played as the last tune in the Kilfenora Reel set (ie after Connemara Stockings and Jim McCormicks) - a great tune for set dancers!
This tune seems to flow better (for me) in Dmaj, meaning with C sharp. Don’t the Chieftains play it with a sharp C?
Just asking because I’ve tried to play it with the C natural and it sounds wrong.
I mean Bothy Band. *doh!*
Really Dmaj :)
It’s very much in D Major, pal!
Rip The Calico in Gmaj by the Russell Family
T:Rip The Calico
S:The Russell Family Of Doolin, County Clare
G4 G2BG|AGED AdBA|G4 G2BG|1AGEG D3A:|2AGGE D3E||:
GE~E2 c2Bd|AGEG AdBA|GE~E2 c2Bd|1AGGE D3E:|2AGGE D4||
d3B c3B|AGEG A3c|BddB c2Bd|AGGE D4|
d3B c3B|AGEG A3c|Bddd edge|dcBc A2BA|
I learned a slightly different version in Clare last year:
d3c defd | ed (3Bcd egfe | d3c defd | edBd A3B :|
dB~B2 gBfB | ed (3Bcd egfe | dB~B2 gBfB |1 edBd A3B :|2 edBd A3g ||
faaf g2fg | ed (3Bcd egfe |faaf g2fg | edBd e3g|
faaf g2fg | ed (3Bcd egfe|fa~a2 bfaf | defd egfe||
I don’t hear this great tune played so often, so I can’t tell if my version is more common or not.
Tear the Calico: “Quiet” Lilting Version
You can listen to a fantastic lilting version of the tune: http://www.rte.ie/radio1/ceilihouse/rams/18june.smil (starts around 23:00) Well, it’s advisable to listen to the interview with the two ladies, which starts around 19:00. I find it very interesting to know how they started lilting and how they settled in Manchester.
I notice it’s in G in O’Neill’s
G major version
Fair Wind: https://thesession.org/tunes/2057
I like this tune for the end of a set and played at a quicker tempo. It’s hard to get this tune out of your head.
Here’s a version by Mike McGoldick, Fred Morrison and Donal Lunny - it’s the third tune
And Yet another Performance
This time by Maeve Donnelly, Jim O’Connor & Peadar O’Loughlin.
“G major version”?
Why would it be a "G major version", Slainte? The Fair Wind shares some similarities with Rip the Calico but they’re not different versions of the same tune at all.
If you make allowance for the different tonality (G rather than D) the 2d part of this reel is virtually the same as the 3rd part of The Fair Wind. The two other parts in The Fair Wind seem a take on this common part. Altogether the tunes are not so close as to warrant identity. Which begot the other? Did the fair wind rip the calico?
Different D Myxolydian version
T: Tear the Calico
|d2 (3ddd B2 (3dde|e>cd>B GE3| d2 (3ddd B2(3dde| e>cd>B GE3|
G>Bc>d e2f>g|a>fg>e d4|(3cAAA2 (3cAAA2|(3GEEE2 (3GEEE2||(3cAAA2 (3cAAA2|A>cd>c d4|
S: “Three Irish Fiddle Tunes,” Journal of English Folk Dance and Song Society, Dec. 1949
O: Unnamed fiddler from Mourne, County Down
“Noted from a fiddler in Mourne, Co. Down, by Ianthe Kidd, 1939”
Looks like the first four bars could be a reasonable A part, but then there are 6 bars after that, which is a little confusing. I’m wondering if Mr. Kidd understood fully transcribed what he heard, or if the fiddler was just a little eccentric.
Some similarities to the version posted here, but pretty different over all. Should it be entered as a different version?
compare: https://thesession.org/tunes/936 The Fair Wind (/2057 is a duplicate)