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UNION REEL [2] (Ríl na hAontachta). AKA and see "Kilfenora Reel (7)," “Moher Reel (1) (The)," "Turf Man's Union (The)," "Turfman's Union.” Irish, Reel. A Mixolydian {Vallely}: A Mixolydian (‘A’ part) & D Major (‘B’ part) {most versions}. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Vallely): AABB (Breathnach): AA’BB’ (Miller): AABAACCAA (Black). The tune was recorded by New York button accordion player John “Dutch” Kimmel (1866-1942) in 1906 (in an untitled medley), and by accordion player P.J. Conlon in 1923 (as the 2nd tune of a set called "The Ways to the Racket," paired with "Woman of the House"). The influential north County Clare Kilfenora Céilí Band recorded the tune in the late 1950's as "Union Reel (2)," and the tune has sometimes been referred to as "The Kilfenora Reel" as a result (although "Union Reel" is the most common title). The band was All-Ireland champion for three consecutive years, 1954-1956.

See also the similar melody "Jaunting Car (2)", parts reversed from the first and second strains of "Union Reel [2]."

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - whistle player Mary Bergin (Ireland) [Breathnach]; D/C# accordion player Joe Derrane (Boston) [Black].

Printed sources : - Black (Music’s the Very Best Thing), 1996; No. 312, p. 167. Breathnach (CRÉ III), 1985; No. 197, p. 88. Breathnach (CRÉ V), 1999; No. 186. Miller (Fiddler’s Throne), 2004; No. 262, p. 157. Vallely (Armagh Pipers Club Play 50 Reels), 1982; No. 37, p. 18.

Recorded sources : - Edison Ed 9389 (78 RPM), John Kimmel (1906. "Medley of Reels" includes "Union Reel" and "Teetotaler's Reel"). Gael-Linn Records CEF 071, Mary Bergin – “Feadoga Stain” (1979).

See also listing at :
Jane Keefer’s Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [1]
Alan Ng’s Irishtune.info [2]
Hear the tune played by Joe Derrane on youtube.com [3]

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