Saint Anne’s reel

Also known as Reel De Ste. Anne, Saint Ann’s, Saint-Anne’s, Sainte Agathe, Skylark, The Skylark, St Ann’s, St Anne, St Anne’s, St Annes, St. Ann’s, St. Anne, St. Anne’s, St. Annes, Stan’s.

There are 120 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Roaring Mary (lots of times), The Scholar (lots of times), Toss The Feathers (lots of times).

Saint Anne's has been added to 1,408 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: Saint Anne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:fedf edcB|A2FA DAFA|B2GB EBGB|A2FA DAFA|
fedf edcB|A2FA DAFA|BGed cABc|eddc d2 de:|
|:f2fg fedc|Bggf g2gf|edcB ABce|baa^g abag|
f2fg fedc|Bggf g2gf|edcB ABcd|eddc d2 de:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Saint Anne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f3g fedB|A2FA DAFA|BG~G2 G3B|AGFG ~F2F2|
f3g fedB|A2FB AFA=c|BGBd cAce|d2e/d/c defg|
fdfa fdfg|aggf g2gf|eceg eceg|baa^g a2a=g|
fdfa fdfg|aggf g2gf|eceg eceg|fdec d2 A2|
ABC
X: 3
T: Saint Anne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
:A2|f2fg fedB|A2FG AFAd|BGGG G2FG|BAAF A2d2|
f2fg fedB|A2FG AFAd|BGBd cdec|1d2f2 d2:ag|
fdfa fdfa|aggf g2gf|edcB ABce|baa^g a2a=g|
fdfa fdfa|aggf g2gf|edcB ABcd|fdec d2:
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ABC
X: 4
T: Saint Anne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Ad|f2fg fedB|A2FA DAFA|B2GB EBGB|AGFE DFAd|
f2fg fedB|A2FA DAFA|BGBd cAce|fddc d2:|
|:Ad|f2fg fedf|aggf g2gf|edcB Acea|baab a2Ad|
f2fg fedf|aggf g2gf|edcB Aceg|fdec d2:|
ABC
X: 5
T: Saint Anne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: de |fedf edcB | ~A2 FA DAFA | ~B2 GB EBGB | ~A2 FA DAFA |
fedf edcB | ~A2 FA DAFA | B2 ed cABc | dedc d2 :|
|: de |~f2 fe fdef | gagf ~g2 gf | edcB ABce | baa^g ~a2 a=g |
~f2 fe fdef | gagf ~g2 gf | edcB ABcd | eddc d2 :|
ABC
X: 6
T: Saint Anne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
de |: f2 fg fedB | A2 [FA]A [AD]A[AF]A | B2 [GB]B [DB]B[GB]B | A2 [FA]A [DA]A[FA]A |
f2 fg fedB | A2 [FA]A [DA]A[FA]A | BGed cABc | eddc d2 de :|
|: f2 fg fedc | Bggf g2 gf | edcB Acea | ba^gb a2 de |
f2 fg fedc | Bggf g2 gf | edcB Aceg | fddc d2 de :|
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ABC
X: 7
T: Saint Anne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
de|:"D" f2fg "A" fedB|"D" A2F2F2A2 |"G" B2GA BcdB|"D"A2F2 F2de|
"D" f2fg "A" fedB|"D" A2F2F2A2 |"G" B2d2 "A"cdec|1 "D" d2de d2de:|2 "D" d2de d2ag|]
|:"D" f2d2 defg | "G" a2gf g2gf | "A" edcB Aceg|"D"b2a2 a2g2|
"D"f2d2 defg|"G"a2gf g2gf|"A"edcB ABce|1"D"f2f2 d2ag:|2"D"f2"A"d2"D"d2z2|]
ABC
X: 8
T: Saint Anne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
de|:"Dm" f2fg "Am" fedB|"Dm" A2F2F2A2 |"Gm" B2GA BcdB|"F"A2F2 F2de|
"Dm" f2fg "Am" fedB|"Dm" A2F2F2A2 |"Gm" B2d2 "Am"cdec|1 "Dm" d2de d2de:|2 "Dm" d2de d2ag|]
|:"Dm" f2d2 defg | "Gm" a2gf g2gf | "Am" edcB Aceg|"F"b2a2 a2g2|
"Dm"f2d2 defg|"Gm"a2gf g2gf|"Am"edcB ABce|1"Dm"f2f2 d2ag:|2"Dm"f2"Am"d2"Dm"d4|]
ABC
X: 9
T: Saint Anne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
de|:"D"f2fg fedB|A2F2 F2dc|"G"B2G2 BcdB|"D"A2F2 F2de|
"D"fefg fedB|A2F2 F2dc|"G"BGAB "A"cABc|1"D"d2d2 d2de:|2"D"d2d2 d2ag||
|:"D"fedc defg|"G"a2gg g2 f2|"A"edcB Aceg|"D"b2a2 a2ag|
"D"fedc defg|"G"a2gg g2f2|"A"edcB ABcd|1"D"e2dd d2ag:|2"D"e2dd d2|]
ABC

Thirty-one comments

The second part of this tune might be a bit tricky to play because of that high G sharp. Well, it doesn’t have to be sharp. It sounds just as good played as a natural.

For a bit of variation in the first part, I like to open it with a long F instead of FE so that it’s more like the start of the second part.

On the fiddle or any other stringed instrument, you can make some nice double stops in the second part. The opening F can be played with an open A string, the G with a B on the A string and of course the high A on the E string can be played together with an open A string.

St. Anne’s Reel

In John Walsh’s collection, "Session Tunes", he says about for this one: "Originally French Canadian, now firmly adopted in Ireland."

I like the surprise of that G#.

Yes, but in the fourth measure of the B part, the second G should be marked "natural." I don’t know what the rules are for ABC, but in the notation, the "sharp" lasts the measure unless you state otherwise.

The Skylark?

I have issues with calling this tune "The Skylark" if this is referring to the commonly played Irish tune The Skylark. Yes, there are similarities between the two, but only in the first part. While it is possible that they are related, they are clearly no longer the same tune. I would examine the link between this tune and Time on our Hands by Siobhan Peoples and Murty Ryan, which links to this tune, especially considering there is already a Skylark in C major that is submitted on this site.

Variation

Has anyone heard the version played by Don Messer? Its also the same version played on the Sons of Maxwell’s version of the Ballad of St. Anne’s Reel.

I like it a lot better than this version. Does anyone know the version I am talking about?

Rhythm variations.

I like playing this tune with a bit of syncopation in the second and third bars, with the emphasis being like the beginning of "Willafjord" - that way the two tunes run together rather nicely, and it mkes the tune a bit more interesting than a stright reel..

I like to open it making a slide on the first F ant tongueing (is it how it must be written?) on the second F

Nice transcription

Nice job on the transcription Jermey, As usual, your work is the best.

—a fan,
ray

History?

Anyone know when St. Anne’s Reel was written? which century it might hail from?

—ray

Variations?

I´ve herad it on Carlos Nuñez & friends "en casa" (at home) live CD. Great Cd+Dvd. He played this one whit Chieftains.

was there a hidden track on ‘time on our hands’ that i missed? don’t ever remember hearing this on it

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No hidden track

I can answer your query, Mary, without even having the CD. Someone has given this tune the alternative title of "The Skylark", which is on the Peoples/Ryan CD, so it’s created an automatic link. See also the comments by "fiddlerpianist" above. They’re 2 different reels as far as I’m concerned.

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Cape Breton version

Howie MacDonald plays this tune thus:
f3g fedB|A2FA DAFA|BG~G2 G3B|AGFG ~F2F2|
f3g fedB|A2FB AFA=C|BGBd cAce|d2e/d/c defg|
fdfa fdfg|aggf g2gf|eceg eceg|baa^g a2a=g|
fdfa fdfg|aggf g2gf|eceg eceg|fdec d2 A2|

Go Canada

This is a Canadian tune which, rather than being common at sessions, is played at Old Time Fiddlers gatherings (thus Don Messer)

History!

I’m also looking for the history of this tune. Any approximate dates, etc? I’m doing a senior project in high school on the fiddle. Please, does anyone know the dates of any of these old Irish tunes?

A more French-Canadian version

:A2|f2fg fedB|A2FG AFAd|BGGG G2FG|BAAF A2D2|
f2fg fedB|A2FG AFAd|BGBd cdec|1d2f2 d2:ag|
fdfa fdfa|aggf g2gf|edcB ABce|baa^g a2a=g|
fdfa fdfa|aggf g2gf|edcB ABcd|fdec d2:

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I also know it this way…

And so do the Leahy’s. I heard this version from them. :)

X:1
T:St. Anne’s
M:4/4
R:Reel
K:D
|:Ad|f2fg fedB|A2FA DAFA|B2GB EBGB|AGFE DFAd|
f2fg fedB|A2FA DAFA|BGBd cAce|fddc d2:|
|:Ad|f2fg fedf|aggf g2gf|edcB Acea|baab a2Ad|
f2fg fedf|aggf g2gf|edcB Aceg|fdec d2:|

Dont know the tunes history

Id like to hear it too, but one things for sure though,its one deadly tune Im playing it as one of my works for my leaving cert you can put loads of ornamentation in it,and it sounds really cool.

Saint Anne’s Reel in D minor

Try this in D MINOR ! (No sharps. B flat.)

“Music from Ireland: Volume 1” ~ Bulmer & Sharpley

Dave Bulmer & Neil Sharpley, 1974
ISBN: 0-9503784-02

Page 3, tune #8: St. Anne’s Reel

X: 5
T: Saint Anne’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
|: de |\
fedf edcB | ~A2 FA DAFA | ~B2 GB EBGB | ~A2 FA DAFA |
fedf edcB | ~A2 FA DAFA | B2 ed cABc | dedc d2 :|
|: de |\
~f2 fe fdef | gagf ~g2 gf | edcB ABce | baa^g ~a2 a=g |
~f2 fe fdef | gagf ~g2 gf | edcB ABcd | eddc d2 :|

Lots of confusion re: tune’s history. One source said that it was a renaissance tune (1450-1600) but that source didn’t give a reference. More reliable, is the MelBay link that said it was a French Canadian tune made poplular in the 1930’s by Joseph Allard, a French Canadian fiddler. A few sources make reference to St. Anne, the mother of Mary, grandmother of Jesus, who is responsible for many healing miracles. Who knows?! But it sure is a sweet sounding, cheerful tune!

St Anne’s Reel

I’d go for the French Canadian angle for three reasons, St Anns Bay is in Nova Scotia, St Anns has a Gaelic heritage college started in the 1930s,and the tune fits into the driving style so snugly.

St Ann’s Bay, sigh, another home for these two hearts, missed… And, we also love Allard’s way with the bow, with another sigh…

Thanks for the links, appreciated.

St. Anne’s Reel

A few years ago I heard Natalie MacMaster play a slow version of this tune similar to that posted by paulj504.
She followed with a Dm version like the one I’ve posted here at about Q: 1/4 = 180 and then ripped it back in the key of D… brought the house down.

OMG that is such a cool version of St. Anne’s, posted by Roads To Home in K: Dmaj. I hope I don’t get kicked off the East Coast of Canada for playing this version.

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