Martin Wynne's No. 2

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MARTIN WYNNE'S NO. 2. AKA and see "Burying Poteen (The)," "Joan Coyne's." Irish, Reel. B Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Flaherty): AABB (most versions). Composed by fiddler Martin Wynne (1916-1998), originally from Bunninadden, County Sligo. Wynne emigrated to the Bronx, New York, in 1948, but not before spending some time in England, where he played in various céilí bands, most notably the Kilburn with Paddy Taylor (flute) and Joe O'Dowd (fiddle). The title "Joan Coyne's" for the tune comes from New Jersey accordion player Luke O'Malley, who got the tune from another of John McGrath's (1900-1955) students, fiddler Joan Coyne. At the time no one knew the correct title. Belfast fiddler Seán Maguire recorded it under the title "Burying Poteen (The)."

Sources for notated versions: fiddler Peter Horan (b. 1926, Kilavil, County Sligo) [Flaherty]; Martin Wynne (New York) [Mulvihill]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources: Bulmer & Sharpley (Music from Ireland), vol. 2, No. 17. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 69. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 147, p. 45. Mallinson (100 Essential), 1995; No. 31, p. 14. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 139, p. 37. O'Malley (Luke O'Malley's Collection of Irish Music, vol. 1), 1976; No. 71, p. 36 (appears as "Joan Coyne's"). Vallely (Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club), 197?; No. 49, p. 43.

Recorded sources: Coleman Center CD CC004, Phillip Duffy & Kevin Brehony - "The Mountain Road" (1999. Various artists. "A Compilation of tunes popular in South Sligo"). Green Linnet SIF1035, Brian Conway and Tony De Marco - "The Apple in Winter (1981. Learned from Martin Wynne). Mulligan Records, The Bothy Band - "1975." Tommy Healy & Johnny Duffy - "Memories of Sligo." Shanachie Records SH29005, Johnny Cronin & Joe (Banjo) Burke. Smithsonian Folkways SFW CD 40481, Brian Conway - "First Through the Gate" (2002). Moving Cloud - "Sweet Nyaa."

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [2]
Hear the tune played by Dermot Lernihan (accordion) and Kieran Hanrahan (banjo) at the Comhaltas Archive [3]




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