Bunker Hill

Oi, almost two months since my last post! I am so sorry…

Well here’s one for you–

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The West Clare Railway, Revisited

I have blogged about this reel in the past, but I thought it’d be nice to revisit the railway, as I have recently found it departing my fiddle quite a bit lately. I’ve also heard a new version or two of it since then. Also I should note the tune was written by Junior Crehan.

This first is from one of the albums currently in heavy rotation in my collection–great playing here by Joey Abarta (pipes,) Nathan Gourley (fiddle,) and accompanied by Owen Marshall:

A new one to me:

 

Enjoy!

The Crib of Perches

Man, some tunes have the most enigmatic names, but you find out it’s nothing like you thought. The Crib of Perches (or The Creel of Perches) immediately makes me think of a baby’s crib full of dripping, desperate fish gasping for breath. But no. One person commenting on thesession.org page for this tune says,

A fish “crib” is a place in a lake, river, or stream where fish may hang out feeding or resting. It may be a patch of aquatic grasses, a tangle of fallen, submerged tree trunks or roots, or submerged rock formations. A crib is where an angler might have a good chance of catching a meal.

Darn. I like my version better. But then, I’m no good at fishing.

Anyway it’s a lovely tune in the key of D mixolydian, and I highly recommend you take a listen to these few versions I found on the YouTube:

The version that started it all (for me!) From a great album by Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen called Life is all Checkered (which is another good tune!)–

I have no idea who this fella is, but he’s a good fiddle and box player, so have a listen:

And finally, a lovely, lively version by fiddler John McEvoy and flute player John Wynne.

 

Love at the Endings

yesterday Corey taught us a lovely reel called Love at the Endings. What a great title, eh? This tune was written by Ed Reavy, and is played far and wide. I have heard two different versions, generally, of the B part. Listen and compare these videos to the recording Corey gave us at the session.

Love Feargal:

Black Flag T-shirt!

and one of my favorites–Anthony Quigney, EdMcMann, Noel ryan. Their album “A Clare Conscience” is unbelievable.

 

The Kerryman’s Daughter (The Fisherman’s Lilt)

This week Kira taught us a great reel which she called “The Kerryman’s Daughter.” I found it referred to as “The Fisherman’s Lilt” as well. (Find Kira’s version of the tune on the TUNES page of this website!) We had a little discussion about whether the B part is played through once or twice, and we have heard versions of both ways. Played once, the length of the B matches the length of the A, but the B sounds great doubled too, leaving the A alone.

Here are a few other versions I found on YouTube.

Here’s a version by Oisín MacDiarmada. I love the first tune as well. The feel of his playing on these tunes puts me a little off-kilter, in a good way:

A couple more:

March of the King of Laois

Just wanted to share this awesome tune–The March of the King of Laois. Laois is a county in Ireland located in the south midlands, in the province of Leinster. I have read that the king of the title was one Rúarai Óg Ó Mórdha, son of the king who is the subject of this wikipedia article. Whether ’tis true or no, it matters little, for much of interest doth lie in those pages. Think Game of Thrones, minus the dragons and zombies.

Aaanyway, I have been listening to a version of this tune on a recent album by piper Joey Abarta and fiddler Nathan Gourley called Copley Street. Lovely album–I highly recommend it. I’ll post below their version, and a version by the Chieftains. The Cheiftains’ version has a bit more “snap” in it rhythmically, if you know what I mean. Try to hear the difference between the versions if you can.

second tune here:

Hop Jigs

At the LVISS yesterday we learned a tune called “Top the Candle”–a hop jig in D. What IS a hop jig? Good question. Without going to deeply into music theory, I would say that hop jigs are kind of like faster, syncopated slip jigs. It’s kind of like the way slides are like fast jigs with fewer notes. Anyway, there’s definitely a difference in feel between slip jigs and hop jigs. Case in point–The Butterfly is a tune that’s played both ways, and one of our anchors was kind enough to record both versions for us–check it out:

The Butterfly

Here are some examples of hop jigs from YouTube:

For discussions about what hop jigs are, see thesession.org.