The Northern Fiddler
MiscellaneousHighlands and Strathspeys Hornpipes Misc
|Canamine Highland, The||107||SD||MB: Probably an older version of Untitled
NG: This is a version of the Scottish stratshpey Alister McAlister (KerrMM/Ryan) or Alasdair Mac Alasdair (Athole Collection). It's in DMI as Little Katie Kearney, and Altan play it as Con Cassidy's Highland.
PV: Other Irish titles: The Glen (or Glin) Cottage Polka, Alistair MacAllister, St Patrick Was a Gentleman, and McAllister's Fling.
|Cat That Kittled In Jamie's Wig, The||79||JD||CMA: This is an adaptation from the Scottish strathspey
Miss Lyall or alternatively Miss Grant of Laggan
which is the basis of the reel Mooney's Reel (John's name)
or more popularly in Ireland Paddy Ryan's Dream.
MB: As far as I can make out there are two separate tunes in the Scotttish repertoire called Miss Lyall, a strathspey and a reel. The Cat that Kittled in Jamie's Wig is related to the strathspey, and Paddy Ryan's Dream/Mooney's Favourite is related to the reel. I'm not totally convinced the two Scottish tunes are related?
NG: No, the two Miss Lyalls are not the same tune, but they're very often played together.
Recordings: John Doherty, Taisce - The Celebrated Recordings (Gael Linn, 1978)
|King George IV Highland||173||F&MB|
|Ewe With the Crooked Horn, The||79||JD||MB: This title is used in SW Donegal for both this highland and Untitled Highland, (p174a). There are similarities in structure. One of Doherty's versions of The Heather Breeze may be related also.|
|Irish Highland, The||108||SD||MB: I don't think this is a highland in the strictest sense. It is possibly related to the tune the Dohertys played for the dance 'The Corn Riggs' (as recorded by Mickey Doherty on 'The Gravel Walks'). The rhythm would seem appropriate for that dance.|
|Ladies of Gormond, The
|80||JD||MB: This highland was associated with Teelin.|
|Lass of Killecrankie Highland, The||247b||JL||MB: This highland is not unlike some of the versions of Dulaman na Buinne Buidhe found in Donegal.|
|Neil Gow's Strathspey||191||DOD||NG: This is a Scots tune called The Lass o' Corrie's Mill, and nothing to do with Niel Gow as far as I know.|
|Neilie Boyle's Highland||191||DOD||CMA: This is the regular title for it in Donegal. It is the common Scottish Strathspey The Devil in the Kitchen.|
|Tartan on the Heather
|80||JD||MB: James Byrne recorded a Glencolmcille version of this
highland on 'The Brass Fiddle'. A version similar to Doherty's was
also associated with Frank Cassidy.
NG: This is very like the Scots strathspey The Miller o' Drone, known elsewhere in Ireland as The Miller of Draughin (or Drohan) and in the US as Grey Eagle.
|Teelin Highland, The||80||JD||CMA: Aka Tom Tailor's Highland and is attributed
to Johnnie Cassidy - Frank's older brother - as composer.
MB: Tom "Tailor" was a Teelin man with surname Donegan. He would not go onto the floor at dances until this tune was played.
|Teelin Highland, The||173||F&MB||MB: Aka Tom Tailors Highland.|
|Twenty One Highland, The||81||JD||CMA: Composed by Paddy McDyer of Kilraine (between
Ardara and Glenties) in 1921.
MB: There is a simple old highland (D) played in Glencolmcille which is quite similar to this. Perhaps it is an older tune refashioned?
|Untitled Highland||62||JD||LS: Another tune called The King of the Pipers.
PdG: In CRE II 45.
|Untitled Highland||81b||JD||CMA: Known throughout Donegal as John Simi's (the
latter being John's family nickname) Highland.
MB: A version of this highland was played in Glencolmcille (as recorded by James Byrne on 'The Fiddle Music of Donegal Vol. II'). Micheal Carr played it in A. A quite different version of this tune is played in West/Northwest Donegal.
|Untitled Highland||81c||JD||CMA: This is a version of the Scottish strathspey
Niel Gow's Wife which can be found played by Danny
O'Donnell in its original Scottish key as another Untitled
on page 194.
NG: This is the Scottish strathspey Niel Gow's Wife by Duncan McIntyre (also claimed for Niel Gow), known elsewhere in Ireland as The Watchmaker (DMI755).
|Untitled Highland||82a||JD||MB: This highland was played in Glencolmcille in the keys of D and G. In D, the first part is essentially the same as Untitled Highland, p109a.|
|Untitled Highland||82b||JD||PV: Aka Gurren's Castle.
CMA: This is the Scottish Miss Drummond of Perth and is commonly called The Sinking of the Titanic or The Titanic Highland here in Donegal.
PV: Aka Gurren's Castle.
NG: I think there's some confusion here: in AC1p1, there is Banríon na Beltane - a version of the Scots tune Devil In the Kitchen - a different tune than this Untitled Highland which Caoimhín says is The Titanic Reel. They surely can't both be?
|Untitled Highland||82c||JD||CMA: This is the same as The Ladies of Gormond Highland which appears on the top of p80; both are versions of the Scottish strathspey Miss Rose in Kerr's Collection.|
|Untitled Highland||83a||JD||CMA: This is in fact the reel The Mermaid of
Mullaghmore (see CRE II 134). Tommy Peoples has also
recorded it as as John Doherty's Reel I think on 'The
Iron Man' recording.
PdG: Mermaid of Mullaghmore/Maid(s) of Mullagh(more)/John Doherty's* (CRE II 134; CRE III 149); compare Plaid Mantle (DMI 663; MOI 1426).
MB: I always heard this as a reel. The tune title always referred to a "Maid" rather than a "Mermaid", even though the associated story was about a Mermaid.
|Untitled Highland||108||SD||CMA: The Scottish Cameron's Got His Wife Again
which is very regularly played in west Donegal.
MB: I don't think this is related to Cameron's Got his Wife Again? The second part is a variant of the first part, and not the one usually played in West (in G) and SW (in D) Donegal.
NG: Nothing like the Cameron's Got His Wife Again that I play (see KMM1p10).
|Untitled Highland||109||SD||PV: All the Way to Galway (related to reel).
MB: The first part of this tune is the same as that of Untitled Highland, p82a.
NG: This is known in Scotland under many titles including Big Kirsty (KMM1p12), Coirsdan Mhor or Miss Stewart Bun Rannoch.
|Untitled Highland||155b||CC||LS: Altan also calls this simply Con Cassidy's
but it looks like it's nearly the same tune as The Canamine
CMA: The Canamine and Con's untitled highland on the middle of page 155 are versions of the first part of Alister McAlister.
NG: Compare Little Katie Kearney in DMI.
|Untitled Highland||155c||CC||LS: This is also called The Low Highland.
CMA: This is Con's Low Highland by which he meant the first part is played on the lower strings. It is more commonly known as Padai Bhilli na Ropai's Highland after the famous Padai Bhilli na Ropai O'Boyle of Kiltyfanad, Glencolmille whose fiddle Con inherited and now is owned by Billy O'Connor who secured it originally for Con. The tune is a version of the Scottish Miss Stewart of Grantully which, in fact, forms the basis of the well known reel in Ireland as The Green Groves of Erin. When the latter reel is being played in its normal setting, try playing this highland setting at reel speed and you will find yourself "reversing" (playing in octaves) with the other players.
|Untitled Highland||174a||F&MB||CMA: The Scottish The Ewe With the Crooked
Horn which appears earlier in the text in its reel
MB: This tune is related to The Marquis of Huntley composed by William Marshall. Played as a reel in the South (CRE II, 145). The title is also used for another highland of similar structure (see p79b). The Scottish tune The Ewe with the Crooked Horn is a different tune.
|Untitled Highland||174b||F&MB||LS: The Brown Sailed Boat played as a
strathspey in a slightly different version on 'Ceol
CMA: John's The Brown Sailed Boat derives from the Scottish Peter Baillie's Strathspey taking its title from the renowned Scottish fiddler.
|Untitled Strathspey||109||SD||MB: This is a version of the Scottish strathspey
The Miller O' Hirn, composed by James Scott Skinner. It
was played in a different version in SW Donegal, in the key of
A. These days it is often called Jimmy Lyon's Highland.
Interestingly, some of the older players in Glencolmcille
played the first bar similarly to Simon Doherty.
NG: This is Skinner's Miller o' Hirn.
|Untitled Strathspey||192a||DOD||TH: This is Glengarry's Dirk See KMM2 where it appears in the key of A major. It can also be found in the Athole Collection and The Simon Fraser Collection.|
|Untitled Strathspey||192b||DOD||TH: This is The Duchess' Slippers See KMM2.
MB: This is a version of the Scottish strathspey The Duchess of Athole's Slipper, composed by Niel Gow. Both parts are not unlike the second part of one of Mick Carr's highlands (recorded by James Byrne on 'The Road to Glenlough').
|Untitled Strathspey||192c||DOD||MB: John Doherty apparently played this as a highland.
It was lilted/whistled to me by someone who remembered John
playing it. Overall it is not unlike The Templehouse Reel
in structure, but there are also similarities with the first
two parts of The Roscommon Reel (CRE, 202).
NG: This is a strathspey by James Scott Skinner [biog] called The Oracle, named after Fife fiddler W C Honeyman. There are not many tunes in F sharp minor.
|Untitled Strathspey||193||DOD||NG: Sounds like another of Scott Skinner's strathspeys, possibly Garden's Strathspey?|
|Untitled Strathspey||194||DOD||CMA: Niel Gow's Wife again - see another
NG: Niel Gow's Wife by Duncan McIntyre, aka The Watchmaker (DMI).
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|Atlantic Roar, The
|83||JD||MB: This tune is attributed to Anthony O'Helferty
(from Lifford, but spent much time in Glencolmcille - he was
married to a sister of John Mhosai). However, there is at
least one similar hornpipe in today's southern repertoire.
Frank Cassidy had a wonderful version of this tune. Burke and
Daly recorded Frank's version on 'Eavesdropper'.
CMA: Translated as Tuam na Fairraige. The composition of this tune has been credited to both John Mosai MacFionnlaigh and Anthony Halferty. Halferty called the tune The Flowers of Loughros.
|Broken Bridge Hornpipe, The||194||DOD|
|Dr Peter's Hornpipe||194||DOD||CMA: Named after stepdancer, Dr Peter Carr of Killybegs. It is commonly called The Glengesh Hornpipe a name which Danny gave to Jimmy Lyons of Teelin who subsequently recorded it under that title for Seamus Ennis.|
|245||PT||NG: Aka The Dundee Hornpipe (MM) and The Union Hornpipe.|
|Untitled Hornpipe||246c||PT||MB: This tune is often called The Friendly Visit in SW Donegal, and is related to Tamoney's Hornpipe, which is in Ryan's/Cole's. There are several related tunes in the southern repertoire.|
|Untitled Hornpipe||247a||PT||SS: I've heard that this tune is called Peter
Wyper's Hornpipe, after the well-known Tyrone button
accordion player. The hornpipe appears on James Kelly's
recording with Zan McLeod, 'The Ring Sessions', as a Gan
NG: I don't know a Peter Wyper who was a "...well-known Tyrone button accordion player". Peter Wyper of the Wyper Brothers fame, came from Lanarkshire (Scotland) and played melodeon. This hornpipe is found - untitled - on one of Peter Wyper's 78s from 1910.
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Marches, Barndances, Polkas, Set Pieces, Mazurkas
|Brass Band March||156||CC||NG: This was recorded by The Boys of the Lough on 'Welcoming Paddy Home' as The Teelin March.|
|Brian Boru's March||175||F&MB||MB: The first, and to a lesser extent, third part of this march are similar to an old jig that was played in Glencolmcille. The tune was recorded by Roisin McGrory and Damian Harrigan on 'The Fiddle Music of Donegal Vol. II'.|
|By the Fort How Sad Was I
|Francie Welsh's Barndance||92||JD||NG: I fancy I recognise this as something from the 78rpm era in my collection. I'll search for it.|
|Gallacher's March||85||JD||LS: Better known as Hiudaí Gallagher's, and
also called Murphy's Delight.
MB: This title is associated elsewhere with the jig The Creel of Turf (CRE II, 52).
|Gallacher's March||175||F&MB||See notes above.|
|Gander's Strut, The||246||PT|
|Ghost of Bunglass||91||JD||CMA: This is more commonly known as Taibhse Chonaill
(English translation = Conall's Ghost).
MB: Played exactly like this by some players in Glencolmcille, and also in a slightly different highland version sometimes called Casey's Pig (as recorded by Roisin McGrory and Damian Harrigan on 'The Fiddle Music of Donegal Vol. II'). Con Cassidy's Taibhse Chonaill (D) is the same tune.
|Grania's Welcome Home
(March, Jig and Reel)
|86||JD||CMA: Translation of Failte Romhat in do Bhaile a'
MB: The Jig part of this piece is in O'Neill's as Johnny the Jumper (DMI, 297).
|Hunt of the Hound and the Hare, The||95||JD||MB: The Jig part of this piece is in O'Neill's (DMI, 254).
NG: The first strain is The Hare Among the Corn, probably Scottish.
|King Billy's March||110||SD||NG: Found in DMI as The Victor's Return and recorded by De Danann as Mac's Fancy, but stems from a Scottish march, Lord MacDonald's March to Harlaw.|
|Kitty In the Lane
|93||JD||CMA: Compare the second part of Con Cassidy's Jig
(p151) and you'll see they are variations in 4/4 and 6/8 time.
MB: The rhythm of this tune is not that normally associated with a barndance. The tune was played for the last part of the quadrille. John played the related jig also, but as far as I know associated it with Con Cassidy. The title Kitty in the Lane is usually reserved for a reel.
|March of the Meeatoiteen Bull||87||JD||CMA: Sometimes called Miss Thornton's.
MB: Not Miss Thornton's; that title is usually given to another reel (see CRE II, 172).
|Mazurka||94||JD||PV: Francie Walsh's Mazurka.|
|Mazurka||177||F&MB||LS: The Kilcar Mazurka. Played beautifully on 'The Brass Fiddle'.|
|Paddy's Rambles Through the Park||96||JD|
|Paps of Glencoe, The||87||JD||NG: A Scottish pipe march.|
|Pipe March||178||F&MB||Untitled Barndance||91||JD|
|Untitled Barndance||92||JD||CMA: This is actually a highland and known throughout
Donegal as A Sheamuis Bhig a bhfuil Ocras Ort? (Are you
hungry little Seamus?) and appears in Cole's/Ryan as
The Roving Bachelor
MB: The rhythm of this tune is not that normally associated with a barndance.
|Untitled Barndance||109||SD||CMA: This is Connolly's Barndance.
MB: John Doherty played the first part of this barndance in G.
|Untitled Barndance||110||SD||CMA: This is Coleman's Mrs Kenny's Barndance!!!
NG: This is Woodland Flowers by Scots composer Felix Burns.
|Untitled March||110||SD||MB: Incorrectly transcribed. The group of four quavers given before the first bar is the actual start of the tune. Possibly a version of The Paps of Glencoe (p87).|