Doon Reel (1) (The)

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DOON REEL [1], THE (Ríl an Dúna). AKA and see "Callaghan's Reel (1)," "Ceirtlín Snáithe in Aimhréidh," "O'Keeffe's Reel (1)." Irish, Reel. Ireland, Sliabh Luachra. D Mixolydian (Breathnach): D Major (McNulty): G Major (Taylor). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Breathnach): AAB (Taylor): AABB (McNulty). Moylan (1994) notes there are several reels associated with fiddler and farmer Cal Callaghan from Doon, all of them being known as either 'the' or 'a' 'Doon Reel'. Callaghan was the uncle of fiddler Pádraig O'Keeffe, who absorbed the older man's repertoire and called them "Doon reels." The village of Doon is near Kiskeam, County Cork (also called Doonasleen). It is the birth place as well of O'Keeffe's mother Margaret Callaghan, who played the concertina and probably the fiddle. Breathnach (1976) says the first part is related to "Kate Kelly's Fancy" and "Nellie Donovan/Nellie O'Donovan." "Ravelled Hank of Yarn (2) (The)" and "Russians are Coming (The)" are also related tunes. Similarities to Donegal fiddlers John and Mickey Doherty's "Bonny Bunch of Ferns (The)."

Source for notated version: fiddler Denis Murphy, 1966 (Gneeveguilla, Co. Kerry, Ireland), who had the tune from Pádraig O'Keeffe, who got it "from my uncle in Doon" (i.e. Callaghan) [Breathnach]; set dance music recorded live at Na Píobairí Uilleann, mid-1980's [Taylor].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ II), 1976; No. 270, p. 139. McNulty (Dance Music of Ireland), 1965; p. 7. Taylor (Music for the Sets: Yellow Book), 1995; p. 19. Taylor (Music for the Sets: Blue Book), 1995; p. 14.

Recorded sources: Topic 12T309, Padraig O'Keeffe, Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford – "Kerry Fiddles" (1977. Originally recorded 1952).

See also listing at: Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]




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