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MICHAEL RELIHAN'S. AKA - "Mick Relihan's Reel." AKA and see "Dream of Home (The)," "Maid in the Meadow (2)." Irish, Reel. D Major: D Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Maire O'Keeffe (in liner notes to "The Smoky Chimney") remarks that this tune was a great favorite of fiddle and concertina player John Kelly (Sr.) Of Kilbaha, near Loop Head, West Clare. The tune was recorded by Brendan Breathnach from the playing of Listowel, County Kerry, fiddler Tom Barrett, who called it "Mick Relihan's," and the tune is attributed to Relihan in Treoir (vol. 2, No. 4). Relihan, nicknamed "The Yank," was from Trienearagh, Kerry (between Listowell and Duagh), and, according to Abeyta et al [1] preferred minor tunes in a repertoire that consisted primarily of reels, especially single reels. The authors explain that single reels such as Relihan played were common in in North Kerry, West Limerick and West Clare, representative of an older style in which reels were characteristically rhythmic with fewer notes than double reels.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Abeyta, MacUileagóid, Guerin, de Grae, Dalton (Drawing from the Well: A Selection of Music from the North Kerry Tradition), 2010; p. 20.

Recorded sources: Spin CD1001, Eoghan O'Sullivan, Gerry Harrington, and Paul de Grae - "The Smoky Chimney" (1996).

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




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  1. Abeyta, MacUileagóid, Guerin, de Grae, Dalton, Drawing from the Well: A Selection of Music from the North Kerry Tradition, 2010; p. 20.