Peacock's Feather (2)

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PEACOCK'S FEATHER [2], THE (Cleite na Péacóige). Irish, Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB (Breathnach): AA’BB’ (Black, Harker/Rafferty). Black identifies this as an East Galway tune,, recorded by the band De Danann. However, Caoimhin Mac Aoidh attributes it to Joe Holmes of County Antrim, a singer and fiddler who brought the tune to Galway in the early 1970’s. It seems that Holmes and a young Len Graham would travel to stay with friends, the Keanes of Caherlistrane, and introduced the tune on one of his visits.

Additional notes

Sources for notated versions: - fiddler Frankie Gavin (Ireland) [Breathnach]; New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources : - Black (Music’s the Very Best Thing), 1996; No. 286, p. 154. Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 219, p. 100. Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 253, p. 78.

Recorded sources: -Green Linnet GLCD 1027, Mick Moloney - "Strings Attached" (1980). Old Bridge Music OBM 07, Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman - "The Living Wood” (where they note it is associated with Joe Holmes). Shanachie Records 29008, Frankie Gavin - "Traditional Music of Ireland" (1977). Shanachie Records 34009, Frankie Gavin & Alex Finn (1977).

See also listings at:
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [2]



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