At my last workshop with Dan Foster, I learned a jig called Paddy O’Rafferty’s. Now, There are at least three versions of this jig that I have heard. One I hear and play alot at sessions around here, and there’s another that gets played too. The first is a three parter, and the other is a five part tune. The one I learned from Dan is the five part version, and I do prefer it, though they are both bangin’. Here’s an example or two of each-I’ll let you decide which one is better!
the three part version (first tune–can’t get better than Seamus Ennis):
The five part version (starting at 1:40):
I hear a tune title like this and I think–what do you mean by sporting? Who is Nell? Was she a field hockey player, or a roller derby chick? Maybe a hunter? Heck, for all I know Nell was somebody’s horse.
What I do know is that the tune called Sporting Nell is a good one, and everyone should learn it to honor the sporting woman (or horse) that she was. Here are a few examples for you:
Thanks to Ted for this link–nice flute version by one of my new favorite musicians, Josh Dukes:
This is just great–we’ll call this lovely kimono wo kiiteiru ojousan “Nell,” shall we? Sporting Nell starts at 1:40:
You can find Ted’s downloadable recordings in 2 speeds on the tunes page! HUP!