At 10:17 AM 5/15/97 -0500, you wrote:
>I recently learned the "Four Provinces Flings" from Larry Nugent's album --
>he plays them at a stately tempo, about 95-100 beats per minute, and the
>sections of each tune are four bars long. This pretty much characterizes
>flings as I thought I knew them. But this morning I was listening to
>Frankie Gavin's album _Up and Away_, and the set he calls "McLaughlin's
>Flings" sounds more like a couple of good fast reels (about 120 bpm), and
>the sections are 8 bars long.
If I remember correctly, one of the tunes is really the hornpipe "Staten
Island." But I've played it at ceilis for the highland fling (dance) and it
works just fine.
>Are these indeed proper flings? Or is this
>some kind of regional stylistic variation, the way they play them in East
>Galway, say? Or does the title refer to McLaughlin throwing things, rather
>than to the kind of tune these are? Or did Frankie G. drink too much
>coffee before the recording session?
He was born that way :-)
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