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Here's a swift go at a nice old piping march.

Both Leo Rowsome and Séamus Ennis played this one. Ennis provides the first title above and speculated that it was the clan march of the O'Sullivan's. In the sleeve notes of his 1970s LP 'The Pure Drop' he also provides the titles of two songs to the air, "I'll Marry and I'll Never be a Nun" and "The Better that He Longed for Never Came" ('a song of sentimental pathos' as Ennis refers to the second one with his characteristic drollery).

Patsy Touhey recorded a version of this on a wax cylinder that is part of the O'Neill cylinders. You can here a short sample of that, and the Ennis and Rowsome recordings, HERE.

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The Yellow Tinker (Reel)

This take on The Yellow Tinker is after Tommy Reck's two-part version of it.

A few of the distinctive 'pipey' aspects of his version are the various chanter lifts to get the 'not-quite-F-naturals', the plaintive off-the-knee 'colouring' of the long C naturals,  and the lovely tight-ish articulations he does on the C naturals and F sharp in the last bar of the first part. Willie Clancy played a great version of this that included the third part, and it seems more commonly played as a three-part tune.

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