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Scottish/Irish Tunes

Latest update: 18th July 2012

Scottish/Irish Tunes: Reels

CRE: Ceol Rince na hEireann
DMI: O'Neill's Dance Music of Ireland (1907)
OMI: O'Neill's Music of Ireland ()
MFI: Bulmer & Sharpley, Music From Ireland, 4 vols (c1970s)
NF: The Northern Fiddler
K2v1-4: Kerr's Merry Melodies
Ryan: Ryan's Mammoth Collection

Bog Carrot, The   Jackie Daly plays this reel on 'Buttons and Bows' (Green Linnet). It is a version of the strathspey Captain Francis Wemyss (see K2v3p3). It can also be found as a slide in CRE4,62 called An Coileach Comhraic, or The Game Cock.
Danny Meehan's   Played in a set on Altan's first album, this beautiful reel is a version of Rachel Rae, composed by Scots fiddler John Lowe and published by his son Joseph. Anther Irish variant of the tune is called The Moving Bogs.
College Groves, The   Something of a staple in an Irish musician's repertoire, this tune is a version of Miss Corbett's Reel, published in John MacGlashan's Collection of 1798 (also in Aird vol.5, 1801).
Davy Maguire's   Named after a Belfast flute player, this is an extrapolation of the old tune Kafoozalum.
Eileen Curran   This reel, which can be heard played by Bobby Casey on the LP In the Smoke (1965) stems from a tune composed by Robert Mackintosh called Lady Dalrymple (North Berwick's) Strathspey.
Highland A'Choille   This Donegal tune was played by James Byrne, and is a version of a tune called Loudon's Bonnie Woods, played as a Scottische in Scotland. The Sliabh Luachra button box maestro Johnny O'Leary played another version as an untitled reel, and elsewhere it has been called Little Ark.
Lucky In Love   MFIv2,20. In Bulmer & Sharpley this was transcribed from the playing of Charlie Lennon. It's probably a version of the Scots tune I'll Gang Nae Mair to Yon Town, which is also known as Eight Men of Moidart (to see a version of that tune, click here).
The Moving Bogs   This widely known tune is a version of Rachel Rae, composed by Scots fiddler John Lowe and published by his son Joseph. Another Irish variant of the tune is called Danny Meehan's (see Altan's first album.
Paddy Murphy's Wife   CREv3,165, from the playing of James Keane on his recording Roll Away the Reel World (1978). This is a version of a reel called Mr Menzies of Culdare, by Niel Gow.

Nigel Gatherer, Crieff, Perthshire |