at 2’29". Nice video. And nice tune.
I was going to say it sounds too contrived, that tune as a score here, the 1st part ‘structuring device’ too obvious.. But that only shows one shouldn’t judge a tune before one’s heard it, nor read it…
Of course you would want to judge it ‘plain’, without Martin Dunlea’s sensitive, enhancing accompaniment, but why want to play it alone anyhow or judge it on the ‘plain’ criteria alone?
The Old Flail
There is a recording of fiddler Pat Ward playing this tune at the 1975 Kinross Folk Festival under the name "Paul Ryan’s Fancy". The setting is very close to X:2 above submitted by Phantom Buttom. I was at that festival, but I’m afraid I don’t remember Pat Ward. Strong memories of hearing Aly Bain and another forgotten musician playing in a closie. Oh, and Tom Anderson and Peerie Willie Johnson. Almost forty years ago - cor blimey!
I was there too, Nigel, and I do remember Pat Ward who was a fine fiddler, very friendly and very considerate to some young loons with an interest in learning Irish music. Was that the year the "Chieftains" turned up on the Sunday, or was that earlier, do you remember ? Hope last Saturday in Aberdeen went well for you - sorry I missed you.
I have no memory of The Chieftains, so that may have been earlier.
(I had a great time in Aberdeen, and I think they enjoyed my workshop - no doubt you’ll hear about it either way! It was a flying visit, so I had no time to stay, but I’m hoping to come up for a session or two in the next 2/3 months - will let you know.)
Re: The Old Flail
Does anyone know the story behind the name of this one? (Or alternatively, does anyone know why I haven’t gotten around to getting the Vincent Broderick tunebooks? I’ve been listening to his tunes a lot lately…)