John Egan's Reel (1)

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JOHN EGAN'S (REEL) [1]. Irish, Reel. D Mixolydian/G Major/A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composed by flute player John Egan (1903-1989), originally from Ballintogher, County Sligo, who removed to Dublin and became one of the founders and regulars at Dublin's Church Street Club. He was highly influential in the music of that city in his lifetime.

The tonality is a bit 'slippery', beginning in A dorian, then appearing to center around 'G', and resolving at the end of the first strain to 'D'.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Treoir, vol. 34, No. 2, 2002; p. 27.

Recorded sources: Cló Iar Chonnachta CICD 165, John Wynne & John McEvoy - "Pride of the West" (2007. Learned by John McEvoy from fiddler Sean Potts).

See also listing at:
Hear a 1978 recording of the tune played by flute player Seamus MacMathuna at the Comhaltas Archive [Seamus MacMathuna]




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