Bull by the Horns
A good old tune, I learned this from a video tape called "From Shore to Shore" where an old-timer box player (name escapes me right now) said he knew the tune when he was younger but stopped playing for a while due to working. Then when he was older the tune came him fresh & took him back to his youth. I’ve seen this tune mistaken for one of Joannie Madden’s Compositions but this tune predates her.
Great video, Brad. I think his name was Johnny Doherty.
Johnny Doherty NYC Box player
I can’t play the tape right now, cause my VCR is on the fritz - but I think your right. Not the Johnny Doherty of Donegal fame, but the father of Maureen Doherty Macken. Plays box & flute (boehm) I think, but I’m hazy on the details.
It’s the trademark tune of Tom Doherty: he did it with Maureen on the "Rights of Man" Concert CD, and on his Green Linnet record of the same name as the tune, and on the ‘92 Cork University Traditional Music Festival CD. I’ve never heard anyone else do it, in fact…
Tom Doherty playing the tune
You can here Tom Doherty playing it in this film at around 41 minutes
This tune suits the Scots pipes range.
It’s Hexatonic (without any 7th).
Take the bull by the horns…
… if the demand is made verbally at the place where the bull is kept to any person who has the care, charge or custody of the bull (the bull has been entered in a herd book of an approved organisation) ;-)
Prends le taureau par les cornes (French, Russian, English, etc proverb)
(for ‘Flying from the bull you fall into the river’ -Spanish proverb)
The bull that is used to the sun shivers by the light of the moon. (Korean)
Talking about bulls is not the same as facing them in the ring. (Mexican)
It is easy to frighten the bull from the window. (Italian)
You take a bull by the horns and a man at his words.(Bantu, Finnish, Latin)
Mess with a bull, you get the horns (English)
Don’t play with a bull till you get his horn in your eye (English again)
Beware of the dog’s teeth, the bull’s horns and the Saxon’s smile (c/o S. Parnell!)
Long horns on the cattle that are seen through the mist (Scottish)
the ABC says Dmaj but it is Amaj.
Re: Take The Bull By The Horns
It sounds fairly similar to "Stool of Repentence."