This tune is traditional according to Qristina Bachand, but I don’t know anything about it. She and her brother Quinn recorded it on their great album Relative Minors, with Eric Reiswig on the uilleann pipes and Russ Godfrey on the bodhrán, following three jigs. Probably not an Irish reel but fun to play, specially while jamming with them!
Is not traditional, at least by my standards. It is a "revivalist" tune from the USA. 2 sources: Hobart Smith and Henry Reed. The first part was taken from
Hobart SMith’s Pateroller tune which is basically a version of Paddy on the Turnpike and the second part was taken from Henry’ Reeds Kitchen girl. Both Reed and Smith were traditional Virginia musicans.
"HOBART’S TRANSFORMATION. AKA - "Feldman’s Haircut"?? Old-Time, Breakdown. USA. A Mixolydian. Standard. AABB. A hybrid tune, the first part of which is melodic material from the tune usually known as "Salt River" (recorded by Hobart Smith as part of the "Pateroller Song") while the second part is the coarse part of Henry Reed’s "Kitchen Girl." Source for notated version: "Dennis Tang, who assembled it" [Spandaro]. Brody (Fiddler’s Fakebook), 1983; pg. 136. Spandaro (10 Cents a Dance), 1980; pg. 49. Front Hall 010, Fennigs All Stars- "The Hammered Dulcimer Strikes Again."
Since I know both the tunes this was pulled from, it doesn’t do much for me, but again it’s one of those quirky, culty "revivalist" tunes that came about from the "folk scare" in the USA.
A Tasmanian Appleshed Tune
This tune may actually be a native Tasmanian tune (with Hobart being the capital city of the island state, and the second oldest city in Australia).
When I lived in Tasmania, I learned this tune as a "traditional Tasmanian" tune, which had become part of the local Tasmanian fiddle / folk music known as the Appleshed Tunes… I used to play occasionally with a local group called the Hobart Old Time String band, and was told that this tune is indeed a hybrid — with the "A" part tracing back to a British import tune, and the "B" part localized by Tasmanian players, thus giving it a local flavor, but also conjuring audible memories of similar-sounding tunes…. I believe there is a website where you can look up Tasmanian Appleshed tunes (called such because one of Tasmania’s nicknames is the "Apple Isle," due to its center in Australia as an ideal place for apple growing)….. I can’t recall at the moment, but will see if I can find it.
Here’s the youtube, it has a different story background posted: