I found a tune by that name in O'Neils. This one is a three part jig
in a gapped scale. I'd call it D Mixolydian with the 6th note (B) missing.
It sounds like a pipe tune to me. I tried it out on fiddle and guitar.
You're now responsible for my having missed part of a good TV program and
having trouble falling to sleep. Good tunes can be a real problem.
You said you learned it from a Richard Thompson guitar tape. I don't know
what his arrangement sounds like, but here's some ideas I tried that you
might want to experiment with:
Picking the open D string below the melody as a drone brings out the pipe
quality of the tune. You can do this at any point in the tune. I assume
you're flatpicking this one. Picking the open D when the melody is on the
G string is obvious, but you can do this elsewhere also. When the melody
is on the D string, you can fret the D drone on the A string 5th fret with
your little finger while playing the melody with your first and third
fingers. When the melody is on the B or E strings you can hit the open D
with the pick while simultaneously picking the melody note with your right
hand ring finger. This is easiest if you're also a fingerstyle player and
have nails on your right hand.
It's especially pipe like if you play the D drone when the E melody note
I was never really satisfied with my playing of jigs on the guitar until
American guitarist Russ Barenberg suggested I try playing them with the
picking pattern of DOWN UP DOWN DOWN UP DOWN. The two down strokes in
a row are more difficult than alternate picking, but it helps for
emphasizing the jig rhythm.
On this tune I also play all the C notes on the G string fifth fret with
the little finger. This way you can make the notes sustain longer going
from D (B string 3rd fret) to C or from C to D.