T:The Tea Reel
D:R. L. O'Mealy : Piper Kelly
Z:Wilbert Garvin published in An Piobaire, Oct. 1996
BAFA ~D2FA|~D2FA BE~E2|BAFA ~D2|ABde fdd2:|
A2AF A2AF|GFGA BE~E2|A2AF A2F|ABde fdd2|
A2AF A2AF|GFGA BE~E2|FGEF ~D4|ABDE FDD2|
TEA REEL, THE. Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. "Tea Reel" is a version of “Boyne Hunt (1).” The tune was played by uilleann piper and pipemaker, teacher, and performer Richard L. O'Mealy (1873-1947), originally from a musical family of Westmeath, who worked in Belfast most of his adult life and who died in the city. Francis O'Neill includes a sketch of his life and a photograph in his Irish Minstrels and Musicians (1913, pp. 164-166). O'Mealy's setting was obtained from one Piper Kelly in 1904.