Phoenix (2) (The)
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PHEONIX REEL . AKA - "Hennessey's." Irish, Reel. D Major (‘A’ part) & B Minor (‘B’ part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB'. Composed by accordion player Dave Hennessy of Crosshaven, County Cork, and named for The Phoenix, a pub on Union Quay (just beside the Lobby) of Cork City that hosted Irish music sessions. Hennessy played in the band Any Old Time with fiddler Matt Cranitch. Paul de Grae reports that for a time Hennessy called his tune "The Twaddle Reel,” after overhearing a pub conversation over a pint in which one person’s argument was dismissed by a fellow drinker with the words "That is a load of inconsequential twaddle.” “Dave liked the sound of the word "twaddle", and used to introduce the tune with that little anecdote for a while.”
Source for notated version: Dan Compton (Portland, Oregon) [Songer].
Printed sources: Songer (Portland Collection), 1997; p. 159.
Recorded sources: Dara Records DARACD025, Any Old Time - "Phoenix" (1985). Popcorn Behavior – “Journeywork” (1997). Shanachie 79077, Arcady – “After the Ball” (appears as “Hennesy’s”).
See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info