Tommy Bhetty's Waltz
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TOMMY BHETTY'S WALTZ. Irish, Waltz (3/4 time). Ireland, County Fermanagh. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by Tommy 'Bhetty' Maguire, a fiddler from Kinawley, County Fermanagh. Caoimhin Mac Aoidh says McGuire, a big man, is the fiddler who passed the tune to Altan’s Ciaran Curran. Mac Aoidh explains his middle name is pronounced “vetty” and is part of the old Gaelic naming practice whereby a person receives the name of either their mother or father (or perhaps a significant member of the family), although with the appropriate grammatical aspiration (in McGuire’s case, the letter ‘h’ added to his mother’s name, Betty). The source for fiddler Brendan Begley’s version is a 45 or 78 RPM recording by the famous button accordion player Joe Cooley.