Sean McGuire’s Reel (1)

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X:1 T:Sean McGuire’s (Reel [1]) R:Reel S:Paddy O'Neill, The Moy, Tyrone (fiddle) H:Sean McGuire does this N:As played D:Private tape Z:Bernie Stocks L:1/8 M:4/4 K:A AB | ce(3.e.e.e fece | aecA EAcA | Bf~f2 gfdf | bfdB GBdB | ce(3.e.e.e fece|aecA EAcA | dfBd ceAe | BAGB A4 :| |: ac'(3.c'.c'.c' ac'ea | ceAc EAce |fB~B2 Bcde | fagb agfe | ac'(3.c'.c'.c' ac'ea | ceAc EAce | dfBd ceAe | BAGB A4 :|



SEAN McGUIRE‘S REEL [1]. AKA – “Seán Maguire’s.” AKA and see “Magnetic Reel (The).” Scottish (originally), Canadian, Irish; Reel (whole time). Canada, Cape Breton. A Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Perhaps the most famous composition of Aberdeen-born fiddler and composer Bert Murray (1913-2003), composed for fiddler Sean McGuire/Sean Maguire (who made an influential recording of it on a 78 RPM). McGuire’s name is seen in both spellings, although he issued his own publication with the spelling McGuire. It is sometimes known as “Magnetic Reel (The)” in Cape Breton. Paul Stewart Cranford says the tune was popularised among Cape Breton fiddlers due to the influential recordings of Winston Fitzgerald.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: - Sean Maguire [O’Malley].

Printed sources : - Cranford (Jerry Holland’s Collection), 1995; No. 24, p. 7. McGuire and Keegan (Irish Tunes by the 100, vol. 1), 1975; No. 53, p. 14.O’Malley (Luke O’Malley’s Collection of Irish Music, vol. 1), 1976; No. 69, p. 35.

Recorded sources: -Avoca LP, Sean McGuire (1962). HMV (78 RPM), Sean McGuire (1956). Dezi Donnelly DD9901, Desi Donnelly – “Familiar Steps" (1999). Rounder CD 11661-7033-2, Natalie MacMaster – “My Roots are Showing” (2000).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [2]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [3]



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