Na Foinn Is Déanaí-Two “Tom Billy’s”

There are a number of tunes named after a man named Tom Billy. According to Seamus Creagh on his album “Tunes for Practice,” Tom Billy Murphy was “a great fiddle teacher around the Sliabh Luachra area, just before Páidraig O’Keefe.” There are two jigs I know of attributed to him-my one is harder to find on YouTube. The nice thing is that they go really well together. So here’s a version of the one that’s stuck in my head–the second tune in this set, played by Matt Molloy (flute,) Paul Brady (guitar,) and Tommy Peoples (fiddle.)

And here’s another version, Played by De Dannan (first tune in the set:)