The Donegal reel

Also known as Donegal, Miss Brown’s, Miss Brown’s Fancy, Ríl Dhún Na NGall, Ril Dhun Na NGall, Una Bhain, Una Bhain Ni Chuinneagain, Una Bhain’s Wedding.

There are 68 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Donegal has been added to 295 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Donegal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
((3A,B,C)|D2DE FDFA|dFAF BFAF|E2EF GFGA|Bd AF EGFE|
D2DE FDFA|dABF ABde|((3fgf) ((3efe) dBAG|1 FGEF D2:|2 FGEF D3A||
|:defg afdf|afdf a2gf|edef gfed|cdef g2fe|
defg afdf|afdf abag|((3fgf) ((3efe) dBAG|1 FGEF D3A:|2 FGEF D2||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Donegal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:defg afdg|fdfg bagf|e=cef (3gag fg|ecef (3gagfe|
defg afdf|afdf abag|((3fgf) ((3efe) dBAG|1 FGEF D3A:|2 FGEF D2||
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Twelve comments

Donegal Reel

This is the common version of the Donegal reel as played in most sessions.

Donegal

Really nice reel which to my knowledge is played by the Kifenora C

John Doherty’s B Part

John Doherty added an ear-catching touch with a c natural in the b part to this reel. Here’s my recollection of it:

|:defg afdg|fdfg bagf|e=cef (3gag fg|ecef (3gagfe|
defg afdf|afdf abag|((3fgf) ((3efe) dBAG|1 FGEF D3A:|2 FGEF D2||

Mick Mulcahy’s version

Mick Mulcahy is actually playing Lady Anne Montgomery not The Donegal.

Should be played with…

This tune goes really well with the Sally Gardens (reel) played after it.

The Dubliners in 1965 ( above link)… They strike at a brisk pace and manage to pick up even more speed as they go along! Banjo man loses his cool for a brief second c.40"

Wrong title for second Dubliners tune

I think the second tune sounds very much like The Boyne Hunt. The Longford Collector I know is a big G major tune.

All the best

Brian x

Agree…

"The Dubliners" did record "The Donegal" followed by "The Longford Collector" and also "The Swallow-tail" followed by the "Boyne Hunt". They’ve obviously changed them about for the above clip.

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