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An Bhean Tincéara (Reel)

This one comes from Willie Clancy (DMWC no. 6).

Willie had a third part which, to my lug, seems a tad superflouous (...the Wilster made a perfectly wholesome meal of it all the same though).

This is a tune that I associate with the phase of Clancy's playing where he really came into his own and defined his own voice or style: his doubling up on rolls and venting the chanter contrasted with tight and tight-ish devices gives that big, full listening experience and a complex and broad range of fluent expressions.

An Bhean Tincéara means 'The Tinker's Woman' or  'The Tinker's Wife'.

Regards,

Harry.

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Golden Oldie: East of Glendart (Jig)

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I've been very busy this past couple of weeks, so I haven't had time to play or record much.

This one rings of Ennis in my ear, but the sound of Liam Og playing it with Planxty is also very familiar.

A big thing for me in this one is the 'off-the-knee-with-bottom-finger-kept-down' device on the low E. It's sort of a convenient way to play the E in certain contexts rather than an effect as such. It tends to sound pretty wild on the narrower bore chanters, and less pronounced on the wider bores. It was one of the 'vulgarities' that Ennis gave out about, but he still used it himself in tunes like this one.

Oh, BTW, the future (of some years ago) has arrived. I recorded this on a Sony ECM-MS907 mic: Look at it up there, gleaming in that understated matt silver way like some sort of reminder of mankind's mastery over nature... My missus got me it for Christmas. I didn't EQ the track or anything, this is just the flat sound.

This tune goes out to all our friends, pipers and otherwise, in Japan. Stay safe.

Regards,

Harry.

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Nóra Críonna (Double Jig)

Here's a very old piping jig. It was included in O'Farrell's early 19th century collection called Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes.

I associate it with Willie Clancy, and with the 1920s 78 recording of it by piper Tom Ennis. I haven't played it much on the pipes, and there are some rhythmic and phrasing things that could be emphasised and brought out more. It's enjoyable to play on the chanter however.

'Críonna' means prudent, wise and/or mature... More power to ya, Nóra!

Regards

H.

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