Kerry Reel (1) (The)

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KERRY REEL [1], THE/A. AKA - "Rogha Chiarraí," "Kerryman (The)." Irish, Reel. E Dorian (Em). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. See also "Green Banks of Rossbeigh," "Green Fields of Rossbeigh (The)," "Pairceanna Glasa Ros Beithe," "Tom Clark's Fancy," "Witch of the Glen (The)." The melody was recorded in 1926 by Kerry fiddler Michael Hanafin under the title "Green Fields of Rossbeigh (The)." In 1959 another Kerry fiddler, Denis Murphy (1910–1974) recorded it in Dublin as the first tune in a medley including "Steampacket (the)" and "Colonel Frazer." County Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman recorded "The Kerry Reel" in New York in the 1920's, paired with "Perthshire Hunt (The)/Boyne Hunt (The)."

Sources for notated versions: Michael Coleman (Co. Sligo, Ireland/New York) [Brody, Miller & Perron, Phillips]; fiddler Jimmy Murphy (b. 1938, Meelick, near Swinford, Co. Sligo) [Flaherty]; Brendan Mulvihill (Baltimore, Md.) [Mulvihill].

Printed sources: Brody (Fiddler's Fakebook), 1983; p. 156. Cranford (Jerry Holland: The Second Collection), 2000; No. 155, p. 59. Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 40. Miller & Perron (Irish Tradtional Fiddle Music), 1977; vol. 3, No. 3. Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 2nd Edition, 2006; p. 79. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 35, p. 9 & No. 92, p. 24. Phillips (Fiddle Case Tunebook: British Isles), 1989; p. 32.

Recorded sources: Copley DWL-9-617, Jack Wade – "Ceili Music From Ireland." IRC Records, Michael Coleman – "The Musical Glory of Old Sligo" (1967). Rounder CD 1087, Denis Murphy – "From Galway to Dublin" (1992). Shanachie 33001, Michael J. Cashin and Tom Doyle – "The Wheels of the World." Shanachie 33002, Michael Coleman – "The Legacy of Michael Coleman."

See also listings at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [1]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [2]
Alan Ng's [3]
Hear De Danann's 1977 New York concert recording at Bill Black's CapeIrish site [4]

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