Here is the first single form the upcoming new album Stories & Legends. This one is called Leprechaun's Reel. I ended up writing a short story to give you an idea of where the song came from. Here is the short story and song notes for this tune. Give it a listen/read and let me know what you think.
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Cyrus Ferguson was not your typical Leprechaun. He was much more devious and bitter than the average little person. This was most likely due to his naturally contrary nature, a lifetime of living underground, and being forced into the last vocation on earth he would have chosen for himself, a cobbler.
Somewhere along the way, Cyrus decided that instead of being the typical shy leprechaun, he would purposefully provoke men to chase him for his “pot of gold”. Little did those who gave chase know that his stash was not much more than a few weeks worth of wages. In truth, he loved luring anyone who would chase him just for the chance of inflicting as much damage as he could and hopefully taking their shoes. Less cobblery was always good. This was usually done through various and sundry traps he had set up in the forest beforehand.
His true motivation for luring men into chasing him was to make them as miserable as he was. In order to entice them into the chase, he would sing the “Leprechaun’s Reel” or play it on his tin whistle. Such a vibrant and carefree song set Cyrus’ victims up with a general sense of well-being followed by prompt and swift disaster.
The idea for this song started when I was listening to a Dan Crary song called St. Anne’s Reel. I started wondering what a reel was and discovered that it is a traditional Irish tune in some kind of duple meter (a time signature using some multiple of 2). That made me want to write a song that could be interpreted as 2/2, 2/4, 4/4, 6/8, or 12/8 depending on the listener's perspective.
I started imagining the story of a bitter and mischievous leprechaun, and this is what came in about 15 minutes or so later via the Guitar Pro notation editing software. At the time, I was listening to a lot of my favorite flatpicking acoustic guitar player Beppe Gambetta, so the techniques and Celtic vibe can be attributed to this Italian guitar legend’s influence.