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HUMOURS OF CASTLEFINN, THE (Pléaráca Chaisleán na Finne). AKA - "Humors of Castlefin." AKA and see "Eagan's." Irish, Reel. E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The late fiddler Danny O'Donnell (1910-2001) said on notes to his album that the famous Donegal fiddler Neilly Boyle had a friend named Joe Boyle who taught near Castlefin, Donegal, and that was the derivation of the tunes name. Neilly passed it on to Frank O'Higgins. Paddy Canny recorded the tune as "Eagan's." "Paddy Miles' Fricassee" in Ryan's Mammoth Collection (1883) is generally similar (more so in the first strain) and perhaps cognate.

Source for notated version: fiddler Seoirse Ó Roghallaigh/George Rowley (Ireland) [Breathnach].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ I), 1963; No. 186, p. 73.

Recorded sources: Gael-Linn CEF 114, Noel Hill & Tony MacMahon - "I gCnoc na Graí." Mary MacNamara: Traditional Music from East Clare." 'Ón tSean-Am Anall' (Danny O'Donnell). Paddy O'Brien (et al) - "The Big Squeeze."

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
thesession.org [2]
Hear the Mulcahy Family play the tune in a set of reels at the Comhaltas Archive [3]




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