Seán Reid’s Reel

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SEÁN REID'S REEL. AKA – “Seán Reid's Favourite/Fancy.” AKA and see “Courting in the Garden,” “Gilbert Clancy's Reel,” “James Ryan's Favorite,” "West Wind (1) (The)." Irish, Reel (cut or whole time). G Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’B (Mitchell): AABB (Cranitch). Piper and fiddler Seán Reid was born in County Donegal, but lived most of his life in County Clare, where his parents hailed from. He recorded with Clare piper Willie Clancy in 1957, and allowed the latter a prized set of concert pipes made by Leo Rowsome on an extended loan. Willie’s father is honored by the alternate title “Gilbert Clancy’s,” for whom this was a favorite tune. This melody is commonly referred to as "The West Wind," say the Chieftains. It is melodically related to the hornpipe "Buachaill Dreoite (1) (An)" and the jig "Bímid ag Ól is ag Pógadh na mBan" (of which it is perhaps a version). Danu’s “Peeler's Jacket (4)" is similar in the first strain of the tune.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - piper Willie Clancy (1918-1973, Miltown Malbay, West Clare) [Mitchell].

Printed sources : - Cranitch (Irish Fiddle Book), 1996; No. 76, p. 154. Mitchell (Dance Music of Willie Clancy), 1993; No. 15, p. 37.

Recorded sources: - Claddagh 4CC 32, Willie Clancy – “The Pipering of Willie Clancy, vol. 1” (1973). Columbia 35612, "The Chieftains" (1978). Drumlin Records, Brian McNamara – “A Piper’s Dream” (2000). Great Meadow Music GMM 2018, Frank Ferrel & Joe Derrane – “Fiddledance” (2004). Piping Pig Productions PPPCD001, Jimmy O’Brien-Moran – “Seán Reid’s Favourite” (1996).



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