John the Rookery
John the Rookery Ó Ríordáin was an older friend of mine from Doirín Aluinn across the river from our house. He was from an old family stock, rich in indigenous knowledge and culture. He was a farmer with a great interest in breeding horses. Not alone was he a good historian but was also a kind of “fear feasa” or wise man of all things related to our environment and culture. A car accidentally killed him in 2004. This tune came to me thinking of him leading his horses and the peculiar rhythm the horse makes as he walks on the road.
I recorded the tune with Martin Hayes and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh on the Triúr album.
You will find the score/dots/music notation here