Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Drunken Landlady (reel): Brendan (eile)

Drunken Landlady (reel)

Although quite similar to the Pigeon on the Gate, the Drunken Landlady is a great reel in its own right. Thought to be first collected by the Dublin piper Séamus Ennis in the 1940s on Inishnee in Roundstone Bay, Co. Galway. It is a common session tune and has been widely recorded: Bothy Band, Out of the Wind into the Sun (1977); Noel Hill &Tony Linnane. Noel Hill &Tony Linnane (1978); Tommy Peoples, The Iron Man (1982); Shaskeen, My Love Is in America (1993); John Carty, Last Night's Fun (1996) and De Danann, Wonderwaltz (2010). Here is the Noel Hill version, in between the Humours of Ballyconnell and Ryan's:

I picked up this version ("with all the bells and whistles thrown in") from tablature in Enda Scahill's Irish Banjo Tutor Vol. II (p. 79 and CD2 tracks 51 & 52).

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