The Ivy Leaf (reel)

Here's a reel which I was asked to play. I'm not writing a disclaimer with the "Iwas asked to play" bit. It's just that I'm so glad to have been asked that I can't help but mention the asking in the posting.

I used to think this was a new fangled sort of a tune but the likes of Willie Clancy played it and Francis O'Neill has it in his collection from 1907 (I missed the centenary balloons anuraidh).

Here's my Friday evening go at it anyway. (The name makes me think of taking leaves intravenously. I've (y) more chance of taking leave of my ....).

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  • Sean

    Thanks for posting this one Michael. Great tune and very well played!

    Apr 26, 2008 at 3:12 am
  • Kevin McDermott

    Thanks for all your lovely playing, Michael, and this grand resource. Yes, this is an older tune, and almost surely refers to the day following that on which I’m writing this in 2010: October 6th, the day on which Chas. Parnell “The Uncrowned King of Ireland” died in 1891. For decades after that the day was commemorated by wearing a sprig of ivy (which in the language of flowers signifies “Remembrance”) and was known as “Ivy Day.” A somewhat depressing, but very truthful, story set on the day (and named after it) is recounted by James Joyce’s in DUBLINERS.

    Thanks again for what you’re doing for all the rest of us…and good luck with the CD!


    Oct 5, 2010 at 6:23 pm