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X:1 T:Rakes of Invercairn, The 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. 65) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A A2 cA eAcA|Bcde fBBc|A2 cA eAcA|EFAB cAAc:|| (3fga ed cdec|Bcde fBBg|(3fga ed cdec|EFAB cAAg| (3fga ed cdec|Bcde fBBg|afge fdec|EFAB cA A2||



RAKES OF INVERCAIRN. AKA and see "Bognor Rocks (1)," "Comical Reel," "Honorable Mrs. Maule," "Kilkenny Hunt (The)," "Linen Cap (The)," "Sheep Shanks," "Struy Lodge." Irish, Reel (whole time). A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The reel appears to be a reworking of the melodic material found in the "Humors of Castlelyons (The)" family of 6/8 time jigs. Donnellan researcher Gerry O'Connor (2018) believes the music manuscript that now bears the Oriel (south Ulster) cleric and fiddler's name was not his original work. Rather, he thinks that the ms. was the work of an unknown but musically competent musician and reflects the repertory of a musical lifetime's playing and collecting. O'Connor speculates that ms. later came into the possession of Donnellan.

The same tune was entered into the large c. 1883 music manuscript collection of County Leitrim fiddler and piper Stephen Grier as "Comical Reel."


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Rev. Luke Donnellan music manuscript collection [O'Connor]

Printed sources : - Rev. Luke Donnellan (“Oriel Songs and Dances",Journal of the County Louth Archaeological Society vol. II), No. 2, 1909; No. 65. Gerry O'Connor (The Rose in the Gap), 2018; No 43, p. 42.






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