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X:1 T: Sheila Coyle's Q: 350 R: reel Z:Transcribed by Bill Black M: 4/4 L: 1/8 K: D AG |: FA A2 FADF | ADFA BAFA | GBBA B3 d | ABdf edBA | FA A2 FADF | ADFA BAFA | GABd AF (3FEF | EFGE FD D2 :| df (3fef fgfe | dcdB AFDA | ce e2 fcec | BcdB AFDA | df (3fef fgfe | dcdB AFDA | GABd AF (3FEF | EFGE FD D2 :|]



SHEILA COYLE'S. Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Bill Black (1996) states that the tune was popular in the Boston area in the mid-1990's, as it was in New York. Fiddler Séamus Connoly (Lowell, Mass.) informs that the tune is titled after a young fiddler from the Chicago area who played it for him. The liner notes to an obscure LP album released in 1981 by the Chicago Irish Musician’s Association (“Chicago Irish Musicians”), indicate that Sheila and her father Jimmy, a box player originally from Belmullet, were active at the time:

Sheila is eleven years old and lives in River Grove, Illinois. At the age of eight she started taking Suzuki lessons from Mrs. Wurman in Oak Park, Illinois. Shortly after, she started taking lessons from Liz Carroll, who won the Senior All-Ireland Fiddle Championship in 1975. Sheila won first place under twelve in the Chicago Fleadh Cheoil in 1980 and 1981. Sheila has a love for Irish music from listening to her father since she was born. '

The second part of “Sheila Coyles” is closely shared with the second strain of “Jim Donoghue's/Donaghue's]]” (1910-1990), a whistle player from Drimacoo, Monasteraden, Co. Sligo, and both resemble the third part of “Jackson's Reel (3).”


Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Black (Music’s the Very Best Thing), 1996; No. 283, p. 152.

Recorded sources: -Four Men and a Dog – “Barking Mad.”

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]



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