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Sooka Flanagan

Genre: Fiddle/Celtic/Irish  Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time  Key: G  Tuning: Standard Open G (gDGBD)  Difficulty: Beginner
Posted by jkacur, updated: 5/16/2015
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Notes: The source of this tune is "Old Time Kentucky Fiddle Tunes" by Jeff Todd Titon, number 154. This tune is clearly derived from Green Fields of America, but it has it's own charm too. It's a little crooked - for example 6 measures in the b-part) I've presented a bare-bones arrangement here that is pretty close to the fiddle transcription.(you should of course ornament to your taste) Exceptions are, there appears to be a typo in the last measure of the A part with a figure reproduced, that I removed, and I changed a double low "e" to an "e" plus high-g-drone, and I also found it fun to slide from the low e to the g instead of try some manoeuvre like an overly long reaching hammer-on, or an m-arpeggio. For the quarter notes in the first full measure, you can simply add the high-g drone, or you can actually play the notes as in Greenfields of America. Lot's of fun to play, cheers.

4 comments

jkacur Says:
Saturday, May 16, 2015 @3:24:14 AM
You can listen to the mp3 of this song and many more here! http://slippery-hill.com/Titon/

Tom Hanway Says:
Saturday, May 16, 2015 @7:59:15 PM
Ah, that's so nice, I can almost hear it just looking at the notes. You can fix that typo and re-load as you do, and upload your lovely setting here. Well done. So cool, and this reminds of 'Kitty's Wedding' in that there is an old-time version (of an Irish tune) known as 'Lexington Belles' or 'The Belles of Lexington', not that the title really matters. It's that folk process, where Celtic tunes make their way into old-time music, just as tunes (from anywhere) make their way into Celtic music. I love that cross-pollination. Bare bones arrangements are good because they give a player a neat template while leaving the door open for personal variation and style.

jkacur Says:
Monday, May 18, 2015 @8:27:03 AM
Thanks for your comments Tom! I love that cross-pollination too, I find it fascinating. The typo I was referring to was in the book, the last measure in the A-part printed the notes I have here, twice. I removed that already. Did you see the link to the fiddler playing the tune? http://slippery-hill.com/Titon/SookaFlanagan.mp3

christym Says:
Saturday, October 3, 2015 @2:39:06 PM
Nice! Thanks for sharing this :)

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