The Cloon Reel

The second tune here is a lovely reel which I have heard many times, called The Cloon. No, not The Clone, nor The Clown. You silly reader. It’s also known as The Humors of Toomagh. Say that with a Long Island accent!

I wasn’t able to find much info on it, but so it goes! Enjoy!

 

The Coachman’s Whip

This is another one of those “I’m obsessed with this tune at the moment” posts. Listening back to some recordings I have made of sessions I’ve attended, I ran across The Coachman’s Whip in the middle of a set. Here’s a version of that tune and another tune I love called The Moneghan Twig, followed by The Torn Jacket.  Enjoy!

Young Tom Ennis

Here’s a jig called Young Tom Ennis, also known as “The Banshee’s Wail over the Mangle Pit”–a “mangel,” or “mangle” being a word for a type of root vegetable, and the pit referring to a place where they would have been stored over the winter.  Of course, there’s always more than one story behind a tune, so for more see THIS. Thanks to Corey for teaching us this awesome tune.

According to “tunesearch.org:”

YOUNG TOM ENNIS (Tomás Og Magennis/Mac Aengusa). AKA and see “Banshee that Wailed over the Mangle Pit (The),” “Banshee’s Wail Over the Mangle Pit (The).” Irish, Double Jig. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Tom Ennis was indeed the youngest member of Chicago’s Irish Fiddle Club in the early years of the 20th century. A budding piper and fiddler, he was the American-born son of piper and flute player John Ennis of Kildare, from whom O’Neill obtained this tune. When Tom reached maturity he moved to New York where he made a living as a professional piper and founded one of the first Irish-American recording companies, for whom he commercially recorded in the 1910’s and 20’s (Carolan, 1997). Ennis died of a heart attack in Jonesville, Michigan, while on tour.