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X:1 % T:Burns' Reel M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Reel Q:"Very Quickly" S:"I got this tune from Proinseas mac Suibhne, who had it S:from Nabla ni h-Anluain, an old fiddler, now (August, 1903) S:in the Workhouse at Dun-Fionnchon. She was one of the evicted S:tenants of Fal-carrach on the Olphert Estate." B:Padraig Mac Aodh O'Neill - Songs of Uladh (1904, p. 18) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G Bd dd|dg dd|dg dB|BA AA| Bd dd|gd ed|BG AG|(EG) G2:| egdg|ag bg|eg dg|ag b/a/g| eg dg|ag bg|egdg|g2 g2| eg dg|ag bg|egdg|eg dg| bg a(g|g)d ed|BG AG|(EG) G2||



BURNS'S REEL. AKA - "Burns' Reel." AKA and see "Byrne's Reel," "Within a Mile of Clonbur." Irish, Reel (2/4 or cut time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune was published by Padraig Mac Aodh O'Neill in his Songs of Uladh (1904), and was collected by him in 1903 in Donegal from the playing of an elderly fiddler named Nabla Ni hAnluain.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Liam Donnelly (Lisburn, County Antrim) [Mulvihill]; "I got this tune from Proinseas mac Suibhne, who had it from Nabla ni h-Anluain, an old fiddler, now (August, 1903) in the Workhouse at Dun-Fionnchon. She was one of the evicted tenants of Fal-carrach on the Olphert Estate" [Padraig Mac Aodh O'Neill]. In all the were nearly 2,500 people evicted from their homes in the late 1880's as a result of a rent strike, supported by the local Catholic clergy. Their eviction became a cause celebre in England and America, who assisted with a campaign of non-violent resistance. In the end, only 10% of families were readmitted to their lands, with more returning in the early 1900s.

Printed sources : - Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 154, p. 42. Padraig Mac Aodh O'Neill (Songs of Uladh), 1904; p. 18.

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