I have tried googling it, I’ve even looked in illicit places for it. (Well, not really, just places best not mentioned on this board.) I’m at my wit’s end!
The song is called “Banish Misfortune”. According to most of the sites I’ve found with information on it, it is a traditional Irish tune. I found an mp3 available online at Tin Whistle Tunes, but I would like to find a more polished version than this. I would be more than willing to purchase a cd if I could hear a soundclip first.
I did find that The Chieftains did a recording of it before, but it was on an album put out in 1969, and it’s not available locally. My friends’ band used to play it occasionally, but Matt, who plays tin whistle, says it’s the most difficult song to play on the whistle.
I’m not sure of the meaning of the song, but my friends play it, and it is pretty song. I want to be able to get a copy of it so I can use it at my wedding. (The wedding is way off, so I have time to find a copy of it.)
D’oh! It’s called “The Gold Ring” and I was listening to it this morning on the train! One of the best versions is on a cd called “Matt Molloy” accomanied by Donal Lunny. Its put out by Green Linnet GLCD 3008 is their catalog number. It’s track # 4. Email me for particulars.
Thanks! I’ll have to check these out when I get home.
Hey, MikeG, I actually took a couple of tin whistle lessons from Matt. I can’t remember what kind of whistle I have, but I’ll check when I get home. (I didn’t continue the lessons because I didn’t have time to practice.)