An Calmfhear / The Trooper.
This one is a jig played by Kerry accordeon player Johnny O’Leary on his album An Calmfhear.It didn’t show up when I searched the Tunes section under these names, but I suppose there’s a chance it could be in there somewhere under another name. Anyway, it’s labelled as a "port" - a jig, as opposed to a slide.
“The Orange Rogue” ~ all in the family, at least the A-part
Key signature: E Dorian (w/ unfinished B-part)
Submitted on August 16th 2002 by KDJ.
“The Trooper” ~ the name both Tom Billy & Johnny O’Leary had for this
& another take under various influences ~
T: The Trooper
S: Tom Billy / Johnny O’Leary / etc…
|: f |
gg/f/e dB^A | BEF G2 =A | B^AB def | g2 b =agf |
e/f/ge dB^A | BEF G2 =A | B^AB d^cd | e3 e2 :|
|: g |
ee/e/e e^de | f/g/ag fe=d | e2 e efg | a2 g faf |
e2 e e^de | fag fe=d |1 B^AB dd/e/f | g2 e f2 :|2 B^AB d^cd | e3 e2 ||
The first measure or the A-part can be the same as the 5th, or ~
| ege dB^A |
I just realized I’d first written out the above in 12/8, the reason for those ‘naturals’ (=)… :-/ I had a scrawl of ABCs for this that I was working from, someone having barred it as a slide, 12/8…
In other words, from that example ~
|: e/f/ge dBA BEF G2 A | ~
~ or, as I’ve given it above ~
|: f | gg/f/e dB^A BEF G2 =A | ~
“Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra: Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border”
edited by Terry Moylan
The Lilliput Press, Dublin, 1994
Page 58, tune #100: "The Trooper"
Transcribed here, by Terry Moylan, as a slide, 12/8…
Johnny played this at the time at 120 bpm,
4 beats to a 12/8 bar = 2 to a 6/8 bar…
Johnny O’Leary: "I’ll never forget one jig from Tom Billy, ‘The Trooper’, I learned it from him also."
T: The Trooper
B: "Johnny O’Leary of Sliabh Luachra: Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border"
K: G Major
|: d | e/f/ge dBA BEF G/F/GA | BAB def gfg agf | ~
|: d | e2 e ede f/g/ag fed | eff efg a2 a f/g/af | ~
Where’ve you been of late, Ceolachan? Boozing in Bulgaria, carousing in Caracas, slumming it in Sligo? Tell us all.
Yes! ~ or so I wish… 8-)
Why does Durham seem so far away? ;-)
Because it is.