O'Brien's Reel

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O'BRIEN'S REEL. AKA - "O'Brian's." AKA and see "Charlie Mulvihill's Reel (1)," "Muckross Abbey." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Usually called "Charlie Mulvihill's" [1] (1917-1975) at sessions nowadays, after the Bronx accordion player to whom it is most frequently attributed. The "O'Brien's" title seems unique to Bulmer & Sharpley's 1974 collection, and those that learned the tune from it.

Source for notated version: Emmett Hughes (b. 1921, Dromore, Queen's County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman]; transcribed in the early 1970's from the Irish music sessions at the Regent Hotel, Leeds, England, which still has weekly sessions a generation later in the late 1990's [Bulmer & Sharpely].

Printed sources: Bulmer and Sharpley (Music from Ireland, vol. 1), 1974; No. 9. Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 78.

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