Monday, 1 February 2016

Rakes of Clonmel (jig): Brendan (eile)

Rakes of Clonmel (jig)

The Rakes of Clonmel is a fantastic jig which appears in O'Neill's Music of Ireland (1903) and The Dance Music Of Ireland (1907) so it it around a while.

There are quite a few traditional tunes with word 'rakes' in their title, usually followed by the name of an Irish town or county: the Rakes of Mallow; the Rakes of Cashel and The Rakes of Kildare. The 'rake' in question is not the gardening implement but an abbreviation of 'rakehall', an archaic word for 'a fashionable or wealthy man of immoral or promiscuous habits'. 

I was first drawn to the tune after coming across this lovely live performance by Angelina Carberry on YouTube that was recorded at the 2012 O'Flaherty Irish Music Retreat in Waxahachie, Texas.

It is interesting to compare her version to another recorded in the early 1920s by the Flanagan Brothers (a New York trio with Waterford origins) featuring Mike Flanagan on banjo. 

 I've based my version on Angelina's (which she mistakenly calls the Rakes of Kildare): 


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