Precedes Bill Connor’s (https://thesession.org/tunes/9135) in the set played by Liam O Connor & Seán McKeon on Geantrai.
S:Liam O’Connor & Seán McKeon (Geantrai 21/11/08)
A2 A/A/A A2 Bd | egfg edBA | GFEF G3 B | cABG AG E/F/G |
A/B/A GB A2 Bd | egfg edBA | B3 d efga | gedB cAA2 ||
ea a/a/a agbg | agbg agef | g/f/e be g/f/e be | g/f/e be gedg |
ea a/a/a agbg | agbg aged | B3 d egga | gedB cAA2 ||
Obviously a first degree relation to Down the Broom (https://thesession.org/tunes/514), but has a distinct individuality of its own, especially the slightly psychotic 2nd part with its shades of the Piper’s Despair creeping in there. Also reminds me slightly of the Corner House (https://thesession.org/tunes/479). Other similar ones: Lady Birr (https://thesession.org/tunes/4499) & Follow Me Down To Galway (https://thesession.org/tunes/837). God’s sake, if I was being picky I could say it reminds me of a hundred different tunes. Who ever said they all sound the same?
Anyway, this one has coalesced into a separate entity in my head, and I would never be able to make up my mind as to which of the hundred or so similar tunes it could be a variation of, so here it is.
Catherine and John McEvoy have recorded a similar version of this tune: https://thesession.org/tunes/837/comments#comment155271 Yes, it’s definitely a version of Down the Broom.
Lovely setting of Down the Broom. I’ve heard it referred to Down the Broom No. 2 on some occasion before.