Reel of Thulichan

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X:1 T:Reel of Thulichan M:C L:1/8 R:Reel S:Surenne – Dance Music of Scotland, p. 90 (1852) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:A f | e2 A>c/2d/4 ecAa | e2 A>B/2c/4 dB=GB | e2 A>c/2d/4 eAce | dE (c/4d/2<e) dB=GB | e2 A>c/2d/4 ecAa | e2 A>B/2c/4 dB=GB | e2 A>c/2d/4 eAce | dE (c/4d/2<e) dB=GB || cA (c/4d/2<e) cAAB | cA (c/4d/2<e) dB=GB | cA (c/4d/2<e) cAcA | BE (c/4d/2<e) dB=GB | cA (c/4d/2<e) cAAB | cA (c/4d/2<e) dB=GB | cA (c/4d/2<e) cA c/4d/2>e | BE (c/4d/2<e) dB=GB ||

REEL O' THUILLEACHAN. AKA and see "Hulichan," "Reel of Tulloch (The)," "Tulloch." Scottish, Reel. A Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Surenne): AABBCCDD (Skinner). Fiddler-composer and dancing master J. Scott Skinner (Harp and Claymore, 1904) noted: "'Hoolichan' is danced in Reel time, and the steps used are not Strathspey or Highland Fling steps, but all cutting and shuffling--quick time throughout, and no Figure 8.” The melody is similar to “Reel of Tulloch (The)." Skinner also included with the tune in his collection a long poem by Robert Ford, entitled “The Reel o' Hoolichan,” whose refrain is:

The auld reel o' Hoolichan,
The bauld reel o' Hoolichan;
They need be fleet upo' the feet
That dance the reel o' Hoolichan.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Skinner (The Scottish Violinist), 1900; p. 25. Skinner (Harp and Claymore), 1904; p. 118. Surenne (Dance Music of Scotland), 1852; p. 90.

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