O'Connel's Gray Coat

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X:1 T:O'Connel's Gray Coat M:C L:1/8 R:Reel S:Rev. Luke Donnellan – “Oriel Songs and Dances", S:Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society (vol. II, No. 2, 1909; No. 21) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Ddor Addc AGEA|GEcE dEcE|Addc AGEA|GecE D2 Dc:|| Adde f2 fd|cAGA cAGc|Adde f2 fd|cAGc Addc| Adde f2 fd|cAGA cAGc|f2 fd (3efg ed|cAGA ED D2||



O'CONNEL'S GRAY COAT. AKA - "O'Connell's Grey Coat." Irish, Reel (whole or cut time). D Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Connor): AAB (Donnellan). "O'Connell's Gray Coat" is contained in the music manuscript collection of curate and fiddler Rev. Luke Donnellan (1878-1952), Oriel region, south Ulster[1]. The Ulster reel "Jenny Picking Cockles (1)" is a cognate tune, albeit distanced from Donnellan's reel, collected in County Louth around the turn of the 20th century.


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Printed sources : - Donnellan (Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society, vol. II, No. 2, 1909; No. 21. O'Connor (The Rose in the Gap), 2018; No. 169, p. 91.






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  1. Donnellan researcher Gerry O'Connor came to believe the ms. is not the work of the curate but rather was originally compiled by an unknown but able fiddler over the course of a playing lifetime, probably in the late 19th century. The ms. later came into the possession of Donnellan, who was also a fiddler.
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