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KYLEBRACK RAMBLER(S). AKA and see "Finbarr Dwyer's Fancy." Irish, Reel. D Major/Mixolyidan (Cranford, Mulvihill): A Major/Mixolydian (Flaherty). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABBAAB'B'(Cranford): AABBCC (Flaherty): AA'BB'CC' (Mulvihill). "Kylebrack Rambler" has been credited to Irish accordion player Finbarr Dwyer [1], who currently resides in England. Editor Paul Cranford (1994) states the title was "Finbarr Dwyer's Fancy" on one of the accordionist's early (c. 1973) albums, "The Intercontinental," and that the title "Kylebrack Rambler" came from a recording by another Irish accordionist, P.J. Hernon. A shift to the third position on the fiddle is required when playing the tune. The tune has been picked up by modern Cape Breton musicians and has been recorded several times.

Finbarr Dwyer



Sources for notated versions: learned by fiddler Brenda Stubbert (b. 1959, Point Aconi, Cape Breton, from her father, Robert Stubbert, who had it from a tape of an Irish fiddler [Cranford]; Jim McElhone (County Derry) [Mulvihill].

Printed sources: Cranford (Brenda Stubbert's Collection), 1994; No. 45, p. 16. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 19 (appears as "Unknown"). Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 138, p. 37.

Recorded sources: Celestial Entertainment CECS001, Brenda Stubbert (Cape Breton, N.S.) - "In Jig Time!" (1995). Green Linnett GLCD 1137, Altan - "Island Angel" (1993). Green Linnet SIF 3004, Dolores Keane - "Broken Hearted I'll Wander." Kells Music 9502, Dervish - "Harmony Hill." Rounder CD 11661-7033-2, Natalie MacMaster - "My Roots are Showing" (2000).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [3]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [4]




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