Jolly Tinker (2) (The)
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JOLLY TINKER , THE (An Stanadoir Sugac, An Tincéir Gealgháireach). AKA and see "Timpan Reel," "Timpán Reel (The)." Irish, Reel. A Mixolydian (O'Neill): A Dorian (Harker/Rafferty, Kerr, McNulty). Standard tuning (fiddle). ABCD (Kerr): ABCDE (Harker/Rafferty): AA'BBCCDDE (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AA'BBCCDEDE (McNulty): ABBCDDEE' (O'Neill/Krassen). The melody was recorded in the 78 RPM era by piper Michael Carney (1928) and fiddler Paddy Killoran (1936). Carney, although born into an Irishtown, County Mayo, family that included pipers, himself came late to the instrument. He was originally a flute player who emigrated to New York early in the 20th century where he found employment as a "sandhog" (a worker who helped build the NYC subway and aqueduct systems). When a tunnel collapse left him wheelchair bound he took up the pipes and also became a pipe maker. He was friends with famed Irish piper Patsy Touhey (who made his home in the Bronx), and inherited the master's pipes when Tuohey died in 1923.
A two-part version of the reel (consisting of the last strain and first strain of "Jolly Tinker") appears as "Tinker's Frolic (The)" in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman.
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