Big John's Reel (1)

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BIG JOHN'S REEL [1] (Ríl Sheáin Mhoir). Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA'BB'. The tune is named either after County Fermanagh fiddler 'Big' John McManus or John Gunn. A note from Breathnach's source (Cathcart, who had no name for the tune) stated: "One of Johnnie Gunn's". County Fermanagh flute player Cathal McConnell, who recorded the tune on his album "Lough Erne's Shore" gave the tune the name "Big John's" and sourced it to "Big John McManus, who got (it) from his uncle, the late Hiugh Gunn..."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - fiddler John Cathcart (County Fermanagh) [Breathnach].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (CRÉ V), 1999; No. 141, p. 71.

Recorded sources : - Grapevine GRACD 230, Nomos - "Set You Free" (1996). Green Linnett GLCD 1137, Altan - "Island Angel" (1993. Learned from the playing of Gary Hastings).




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