Barrel Rafferty's Reel
X: 1 T: Barrel Rafferty's T: Master McDermott, McDermott's Reel, Josie McDermott's R: reel D: Kevin Griffin: Down in Doolin M: 4/4 L: 1/8 K: D A | D2 ED FAAB | d2 fe dB B2 | AF ~F2 DF A2 | BFAF EAFE | D2 ED FAAB | d2 fe dB B2 | AF ~F2 D2 AF | EGFE D3 :| A | df~f2 dfaf | g2bf affe | dBBA Bcde | fdgf e2 de | faaf g2bf | affe dB B2 | AF~F2 D2 AF | EGFE D3 :||
BARREL RAFFERTY'S REEL. AKA - "McDermott's Reel (1)." AKA and see "Master McDermott's Reel." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Carlin): AABB' (Harker/Rafferty). The tune is similar to "Master McDermott's," composed or adapted by Michael McDermott in 1943, but also self-credited to Sean Maguire and Liam Donnelly. The title "Barrel Rafferty's" refers to the nickname of the flute-playing father of East Galway/New York flute player Mike Rafferty, whose lung capacity would fill a barrel. See also the related "Boys of the Lough," "Farewell to Erin (2)"/"Farewell to Eireann (2)."
Source for notated version: New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].
Printed sources: Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; p. 118 (#198). Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 14, p. 5.
Recorded sources: Ossian 109, Kevin Griffin (reissue of "Down in Doolin"). Rounder Easy Disc EDIS 9011, Mike Rafferty - "Celtic Winds: Irish Music in America."