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!
I promised a couple video versions of Pigeon on the gate, so here you have it. This tune is one of the most popular tunes to record, it seems. I have heard quite a few versions. Here are just a few culled from the search results at youtube.
…and many more!
A little discussion at THESESSION.ORG.
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.
Aka “The Superman Theme Song.”
Well, that’s what I always think of, and my coworkers have also asked me if that’s what I was humming when I was actually humming Bill Harte’s. It’s one of those jigs that I think comes from the piping tradition, ripe with possibilities for crazy variations and ornamentation. I would suggest playing this slowly, trying something different each time through, to try to liven up the repetitiveness.
Click HERE for some discussion on the tune.
Here are a couple good versions I found on the tube:
Dang, I love this tune. This video is really fun as well–check out Fergal Scahill playing and Emma O’Sullivan dancing this energy packed nugget! Get your trad protein and carb requirements topped up right here, folks!
If you’re interested in top-notch Irish music, performed by some of the best young musicians that the tradition has to offer, I just found out about a concert that I think would be well worth attending. On March 20th, at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, MA, The Young Irelanders will perform to the delight of all who attend. I caught this show last year, and it was brilliant.
From the Hawks and Reed event page:
To experience Ireland’s traditions in music, song, and dance presented by some of the most talented young performers in the world, this sensational act is an absolute must-see. The future of Ireland’s culture is undoubtedly in safe hands with The Young Irelanders.
Members of the Irish Cultural Academy have performed across six continents and for many heads of state, Presidents of Ireland, U.S. Presidents, and royalty including Prince Albert of Monaco. Members have also performed in many noted international venues such as Beijing Opera House, Sydney Opera House, Kremlin State Palace in Moscow, the U.S. Capitol Building, The Kennedy Center, and Lincoln Center.
The Young Irelanders are:
Aimee Fitzpatrick – Vocals
Finnian O Connor- Pipes and Whistles
Cillian Mac Cabe- Guitar
Rosie Ferguson- Fiddle
Kevin Murphy- Accordion
Enda Rafferty – Guitar & Vocals
Joe Duffey – Dancer
Ayla Reid – Dancer
A couple of teaser videos to whet your appetite–just what I could find quickly, mind you:
Or…”He’s Gone for Tea.” It’s on the album Aoibhin Crónán by Mick O’ Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Also this brilliant vid with Laura Feddersen and Nathan Gourley.
Simple tune, really fun to play. Enjoy!
(also see https://thesession.org/tunes/2813)