Concertina Reel (The)
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CONCERTINA REEL, THE. AKA and see "Old Concertina Reel (2) (The)," "Ríl Liam." Irish, Reel. G Major (Mitchell): D Major (Breathnach, Mallinson, Tubridy). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Mallinson, Tubridy): AA'BB' (Breathnach, Mitchell). The concertina was invented by Sir Charles Wheatstone in 1829, a free-reed instrument whose reeds were made of brass and later steel. The English concertina gives the same note per button, push or pull, while the Anglo concertina plays a different note on the push and pull. Willie Clancy declared he had this tune from his mother, a concertina player and singer from Ennistymon (Mitchell). There is some confusion about the title "Old Concertina Reel (The)," which sometimes refers not only to "The Concertina Reel" but also to a different tune also known as "John Kelly's" and "Kerry Reel (The)." The "Concertina Reel" is therefore sometimes called "New Concertina Reel (The)." Some Scottish versions of the melody are set in the key of 'A' major, although Irish ones are usually in 'D'.
Liam in the alternate title "Ríl Liam" refers to Liam Mag Fhlannchadha, or, in English, Willie Clancy, who says that long ago concertina players had a great fondness for this tune (Breathnach). It is a version of the “Concertina Reel” set in G Major, with the parts reversed.