Bonny Bunch of Ferns (The)
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BONNY BUNCH OF FERNS, THE. AKA and see "Cat that Ate the Sidecomb (The)", "Keady Piper," "Máire Bhan's Wedding Reel," "Nellie Donovan," "O'Keeffe's Reel (1)," "Piobaire a’ Cheidigh (An)," "Piper of Keadue (The)," "Private Ass and Cart." Irish, Reel. As "Piobaire an Cheidigh" the tune was a favorite of the famous Donegal piper Tarlach Mac Suibhne, claim the Doherty's. Both Donegal fiddling brothers John and Mickie Doherty played the tune in pipe imitation in scordatura tuning. Similar in parts to the Sliabh Luachra tunes "Doon Reel (1) (The)" and "Callaghan's Reel (2)" or "O'Callaghan's Reel." Clare piper Willie Clancy had a setting of the tune called "Nellie Donovan," a tune and title sourced to County Tipperary/Chicago fiddler Edward Cronin by Francis O'Neill.
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Recorded sources: Shanachie 79093, Paddy Glackin and Robbie Hannon - "Whirlwind" (1995).