Corney is Coming
Source : Planxty
Transcription : Gian Marco Pietrasanta
This is for Urs
Ronan Browne an Peter O’Loughlin (pipes & fiddle) play the first two bars as follows:
Addc dfed | =c3G EG~G2 |
with a lovely Clare-style slide up to the C-natural.
Also, as a variation to the first two bars of the B-part:
d3f afdB | =c3e gecA |
Isn’t this tune title referring to some guy named Cornelius who everyone joked about going after the girls — the tune title being a warning? I think it was George Keith told me that, but I could be wrong.
Funnily enough, I’m known by that name within a certain circle of friends. I have no doubt I am often joked about behind my back, although probably not for the same reason.
Corney is Coming
Cornelius O’Brien was a notorious landlord in Co. Clare, and is said to have taken the right on to himself to sleep with newly wed brides on the first night.Hence the title…
Great tune, a real joy to play on the pipes.
Cornie is Coming
Here’s the transcription of the tune based on Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin’s pipes and fiddle duet playing:
Addc dfed|=cABG EFGB|Addc defg|afge fdec|
Addc dfed|=cABG EFGB|Addc defg|afge fddc:|
dcdf afdB|=cdef ge^ce|dcdf afdf|g2ag fddf|
afdf afdf|ge=ce ~g3e|defg ~a3f|g2ag fddc:|
“Knit the Pocky”
…is the title for the original Scottish version of the tune. Simon Thoumire and Eilidh Shaw recorded a great version citing Bremner’s Collection (1761).
Liam O’Flynn’s Version
This is pretty close to Liam O’Flynn’s version.
. The name ‘Corney is coming’.
‘Gorrie is Coming’ (Thanig Gorrie) is the name of a pibroch recorded by a piper named Campbell in his collecttion, The Nether Lorne MS, around the end of the 18th century. It is a totally different tune, but the title echoes a song from Man about King Gorrie (Godfrey) who tried three times to invade and conquer the island, before succeeding. He died around 1098AD, and a branch of his descendants are known as ‘Siol Gorrie’ (The Seed of Godfrey), the MacDonalds of Sleat. Runrig recorded a song of this name. So the title may be much older than these tales suggest
The Bremner setting
I added the Bremner version of Knit the Pocky, from http://imslp.org/wiki/A_Collection_of_Scots_Reels_or_Country_Dances_%28Bremner,_Robert%29 as referenced by Slainte above. John Chambers has a very close version with chords arranged for SCD at http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/book/SCD/Book11/0029
And another title
Josephine Keegan calls this tune The Spinning Wheel (Reel #19 in her tunebook "A Drop in the Ocean").