Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Andy Irvine shows how to play Reynardine/Johnny Cúig

pdebee posted another one of his gems. He had the chance to make a video of Andy explaining how to play Reynardine. Patrick writes:

"On Wednesday 15 September 2004, Andy was scheduled to perform at the Tower Arts Centre in Winchester, UK.

The week before, on Wednesday 8 September, I had seen him perform at the West End Centre in Aldershot and, at the end of that gig, I had asked him if he would allow me to film him playing 'Reynardine/Johnny Cúig' in Winchester a week later, so that I could learn it from the resulting video.

To my amazement, he kindly suggested that we meet up at the Winchester venue a few hours before he was due on stage, so that I could film him close-up and unencumbered by obstacles like microphone stands etc..

So, a week later, I turned up at the Winchester Tower Arts Centre as agreed and, sure enough, after his sound check we went backstage and this video clip is the end-result: a one-to-one, close-up demonstration on how to play 'Reynardine/Johnny Cúig'.

By the way, Andy tells us that the 'Johnny Cúig' tune was inspired by the song and 6-part hornpipe called Johnny Cope he used to sing and play in Planxty days (see 'Cold Blow and the Rainy Night'). After adapting parts of the hornpipe to the Bulgarian paidushko rhythm of 5/8, he decided to call the resulting tune 'Johnny Cúig', since 'cúig' means '5' in Irish.

Thanks once again, Andy; you are always such a generous person and a real gent! Patrick. :-))"

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