An afternoon of reels and jigs

My good friends Mary (mandolin) and Gerry (bodhran) spent an afternoon with me playing a few tunes.
The first four sets were written by the great Irish fiddler John Dwyer:

The Woods of Caol Rua and Karen's Delight listen
John Dwyer's reel and The Caha Mountains listen
The Sunny Hills of Beara and The Fox in the Thatch listen
The Longford Lady listen
Gallagher's Frolics and The Leitrum Fancy listen

Mary and Gerry

Johnny Cope

A 6 part Scottish hornpipe probably originating in the 18th Century. This tune has an associated song about the defeat of the English army in the Battle of Prestonpans during the Jacobite rising of 1745. Sir John Cope was the disgraced English commander. Here is the tune with mandolin, octave mandolin and accompanied by my friend Simon on a Graham Caldersmith guitar. Listen

The frieze britches

I learnt this tune from a Planxty album where the associated song is called Cunla. This is a very loose version of the tune — apologies to any sensitive Cunlas. Translation of Cunla is 'Son of the Hound'. Listen

Kittie lie over: mandolin and mandola

On a King Billy pine/tiger myrtle mandolin and a mandola with same timbers. Listen