Cindy Polo, my good friend, phoned me one night and lilted part of this melody to me. I loved the sound of it and suggested to Cindy that it might fit naturally on the fiddle in a minor key. We talked about 'doing something with it', and so we began to collaborate on making a tune. For inspiration, we talked about Cindy's evening ritual of walking her dogs: an evening parade in her neighbourhood of people young and old, big and little, walking and being walked by a vast array of canines. Our musical thoughts and ideas were sung and played to one another over the phone for a few weeks, until we finally decided that our tune didn't sound too bad. In fact, we liked it! We are still unsure, though, as to whether it is a strathspey or a march. Time and distance did not allow Cindy and I to record our tune together, so, for what it's worth, and for your pleasure, here I am playing 'The Dogwalker'.
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Connolly, Séamus (fiddle) (composer) and Polo, Cynthia Keane (composer), “The Dogwalker,” The Séamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, accessed January 21, 2022, https://connollymusiccollection.bc.edu/document/724.