The Big Reel Of Ballynacally reel

Also known as The Big, The Big Kerry, The Big Reel Of Caligahoun, The Big Reel Of Callightown, The Big Wheel, Ril Mhor, Ril Mhor Bhaile An Chalaidh, Ril Mhor Na Bhaile An Calaidh, Ril Mor.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Black Pat’s (a few times), The Lads Of Laois (a few times).

The Big Reel Of Ballynacally has been added to 156 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Big Reel Of Ballynacally
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG (3GGG A2 dc|AGFG AGFG|DG (3GGG A2 dc|AGFG ~=F3 E|
|DG (3GGG A2 dc| AGFG ABcA|~d3 e fd(3ddd|1 dedc AGGF:|2 dedc AGGA||
|g2 dg(3ggg dg|(3ggg ag fdef|(3ggg fg ~a3 g|fdcA BGBd|
|g2 fg a=f(3fff|=fgfd e2 ec|~d3 e fedc|1 AGFG AGGA:|2 AGFG AGGD|
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X: 2
T: The Big Reel Of Ballynacally
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DG~G2 A2dc|AG~G2 AGFA|DG~G2 A2dc|AdGE =F2EF|
DG~G2 A2dc|AG~G2 AGFA|d^cde ~f3d|1 cAFG AG~G2:|2 cAFG AGBd||
|:g2dg ~g2dg|~g2ag fd~d2|g2fg abag|fdcA BGBd|
g2fg a=ffe|=fgfd e2ce|~d3e ~f3d|1 cAFG AGBd:|2 cAFG AG~G2||

Five comments

Big Reel of Ballynacally

Leave it to Solas to feature a simple tune with such a quirky twist—those Fnaturals in both halves—and then spice it up with artfully placed triplets and rolls. This version is based on Win Horan’s fiddling from Sunny Spells & Scattered Showers.

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Great tune!

I really like this tune. Those F naturals in the second part are great.

Big reel of ballynacally

this is also known as the big reel of caligahoun

Made famous in Scotland by "Silly Wizard" - probably 20 years before "Solas" even came into existence. O’Riada’s "pre-Chieftains" mixed it with "Callaghan’s". It was often thought of and played as one 4-part tune, rather than 2 x 2 part tunes.

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Sean O Riada and Ceoltoiri Chualann played a great version of Ril mor Bhaile an Chalaidh live at the O Riada sa Gaiety concert in 1969. Marvellous comical singing from the band as the tune ended. Showstopper.