West Cork Reel (The)

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WEST CORK REEL, THE. AKA and see “Spailpin Fanac (2) (The)/Spailpin Fanach (2) (The).” Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’B. The tune is played in Ireland’s Sliabh Luachra region as a polka in the key of ‘D’ major (see "Tom Sullivan's Polka"). The alternate title “Spailpain Fanach” comes from Joe Conway from Rathmore, reports Alan Ward in the booklet to Julia Clifford’s album. According to the liner notes of John Kelly's recording, the source for the tune was Seán Ó Riada, who collected it from an old musician in West Cork. Kelly was a member of Ó Riada’s trad. ensemble, Ceoltóirí Chualann.

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Recorded sources: Kells Music KM9505, Tommy Keane & Jacqueline McCarthy – “The Wind Among the Reeds.” Topic, Julia Clifford – “The Humours of Lisheen” (appears as untitled polka). Topic Records TSDL1504, "John Kelly--Fiddle and Concertina Player" (originally recorded 1975).

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