The story told to me by Charlie Byrne, bodhran maker from Thurles, and Phil
Sullivan, an older fiddle player from the area of Templemore, Co. Tipp., was
that a fiddle player came to call on a woman but she wasn't interested in him
but she couldn't get him to leave. So she had him help her with the twisting
of the hay rope. He was to hold on to the end of the rope and pull it taught.
As the rope got longer he had to back out the door to keep it taught and when
he got outside she slammed the door on him.
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From: "Joey Gibson" <[log in to unmask]>, on 11/24/1998 7:04 PM:
In the Clarke Tinwhistle book by Bill Ochs, there is a lovely slow
air called "Casadh An Tsu\ga\in" or "Twisting The Hayrope." He shows it
as being Irish. It is a very beautiful tune, but does anyone know any
history of it? What is a hayrope and why would one want to twist it? It
is a sad sounding tune, at that. Anyone?
Also, can anyone recommend other tunes that are similar in feel?
This is a very mournful, slow tune. I like that kind of feel.
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// ceiling. Just to give it that traditional touch."
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