> CRE II
> p.168, tune no.68:
> referring to the "taibhse" or ghost note - a sort of D# sometimes
> used by pipers to ornament a D note - he says:
> "Ba/nn na dosanna an fhuaim gur geall le dochtseinm idir an da/
> D an ceol",
> .... .... .... ....
> I asked a kind American friend for her opinion, and this is what
> she came up with:
> >O Do/naill gives "drones" for dosanna. Yeah, drown seems
> >like the only possible translation for ba/nn. It's a difficult
> >sentence syntactically--I find, anyway. "Is geall le" means
> >"is like," and it must be the copula since the g is not aspirated.
> >"The drones drown the sound until the music is like
> >tight-playing between the two Ds"? That *can't* be right.
> Literally, the words mean (or seem to mean):
> Ba/nn - drowns or floods
> na dosanna - the drones (or reeds? - literally, "bushes")
> an fhuaim - the sound
> gur geall le - until it is like
> dochtseinm - tight playing
> idir an da/ D an ceol - between the two Ds of the music.
it would be 'an cheoil' (tuiseal ginideach) if it meant 'of the music'.
(- amach sa li/ne! Cad de/arfadh na Bra/ithre leat? :-)
'bheith geall le rud' means 'to be dependent on something', so here's my take:
'The drones drown out the sound such that the music is dependent on
tight playing between the 2 Ds' .
or, more loosely:
'The drones drown out the sound such that the tune
requires tight playing on the lower octave of the chanter ' .
I had a look at the book last night - he's referring specifically
to the playing of Se/amus Ennis on a recording made in Milltown
Malbay in 1959 of 'Ta/ an Coileach ag Fogairt an Lae'.
I'm not a piper so I only know what I overhear from pipers at
sessions when they're discussing reeds and Patsy Touhy and
chanters and Patsy Touhy's regulator playing....so maybe a piper on
the list could answer this: does tight playing increase the volume on
the lower octave? Is tight playing the same as closed playing?