O’Connor Donn’s reel

Also known as Connor Dunn’s.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

O'Connor Donn's has been added to 38 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: O'Connor Donn's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B2 AG dGBA | GABG A2 AG | FADF Adag | fdcA GFGA |
B2 AG dGBA | GABG A2 AG | FADF Adag | fdcA G4 :|
|: faaf dafa | afdf af d2 | faaf dffd | egfa g2 ag |
fada fada | faaf af d2 | faab c'bag | fgaf g4 :|
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ABC
X: 2
T: O'Connor Donn's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2AG FGAG|B2AG BAAG|FADA FAfe|dcBA B2GA|B2AG FGAG|B2AG BAAG|FADA FAfe|dcBA G4:|
|g2fa d2fa|d2fa d3g|faaf d3d|egga g3a|fada fada|faag fddg|faab c'bag|fgaf g4|
fgaf d2fa|d2fa d3g|faaf d3d|egga g3a|fada fada|faag fddg|faab c'bag|fgaf g4|
ABC
X: 3
T: O'Connor Donn's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2AG FGAG|B2AG BAAG|FADA FAfe|dcBA B2GA|B2AG FGAG|B2AG BAAG|FADA FAfe|dcBA G4:|
|f2af d2fa|d2fa d3d|faaf d3d|egga g3g|fada fada|faag fddg|faab c'bag|fgaf g4|
faaf d2fa|d2fa d3d|faaf d3d|egga g3g|fada fada|faag fddg|faab c'bag|fgaf g4|
ABC
X: 4
T: O'Connor Donn's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|: A2 GF cFFG | (3AAA GF ~G2 FG | EGCG Efed |(3ccc BG AGFG
| A2 GF cFFG | (3AAA GF ~G2 FG | EGCG Efed |1 (3ccc BG AFFG :|2 (3ccc BG F4 ||
|: egge cdeg | cdeg c=Bcd | egge cdec | dffe f4 |
eggf eggf | eggf egcg | egga bagf |1 efge f4 :|2 efge fccB |]
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X: 5
T: O'Connor Donn's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA|G2 (3Bcd eABA|G3B AGED|GABB eage|dBcA BGAF|
~G2df eBBA|G2GB AGEB|cz(3Bcd eage|dBAc BGG2||
fa~a2 fadA|fa~a2 fa~a2|faag fadz|egfa ~g3a|
(3bag ag (3fga dA|(3fga dA(3fga de|faag (3ege de|fgaf (3gfe d||
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Nine comments

O’Connor Donn’s

A lovely reel which could be described as "semi-traditional". It’s story is as follows. Cathal McConnell heard a wax cylinder recording from around the early 1900s of a piper named Martin Reilly playing a reel called "O’Connor Donn’s". The quality of the recording was so poor that some sections of the tune were missing, so Cathal " filled in the gaps". He recorded it with "Boys Of The Lough" on the "Piper’s Broken Finger" LP. Since then it has also been recorded by "Muintir Lewis" - ("The Weeds In The Garden" LP), and more recently by Martin Hayes, who has changed it slightly. This is as close to Cathal’s version as I could get.

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Great tune, and thanks Kenny for reminding me of it. I’ve got it on yet another album called Traditional music of Ireland, don’t ask me who, but some skins playing concertina, flute, mandolin and fiddle, lovely version. Shame Hayes had to get his hands on it… he used to be such a nice player, as well.
It’s best played very plain and direct, as it’s got enough of it’s own character it doesn’t need over-ornamentation.

Martin Hayes is *still* a great fiddler. His playing of this tune is lovely. His variations are perfectly appropriate. If you don’t think he’s still a "nice player" you haven’t listened to enough ITM. He is solidly within the tradition. You may not like his playing and you can certainly say so. But that’s just a statement about your own feeling. You offered an evaluation of his playing, to your own discredit.

Hayes…

Agree with "cocus" here. I love Martin Hayes’ playing of this tune.

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Lovely

Nice tune indeed.

Here’s what appears to be a different setting of this same tune. I got it off Kilkenny box player, Joe Dowling in a set of tunes, I think he calls ‘Jody’s’. Says they’d be played as slow reels. Joe has his music from all sorts of places including his father who was a well known box player back 70 years ago.

X: 1
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
|:B2AG FGAG|B2AG BAAG|FADA FAfe|dcBA B2GA|B2AG FGAG|B2AG BAAG|FADA FAfe|dcBA G4:|
|g2fa d2fa|d2fa d3g|faaf d3d|egga g3a|fada fada|faag fddg|faab c’bag|fgaf g4|
fgaf d2fa|d2fa d3g|faaf d3d|egga g3a|fada fada|faag fddg|faab c’bag|fgaf g4|

When I write it down more carefully, this is closer:
X: 1
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
|:B2AG FGAG|B2AG BAAG|FADA FAfe|dcBA B2GA|B2AG FGAG|B2AG BAAG|FADA FAfe|dcBA G4:|
|f2af d2fa|d2fa d3d|faaf d3d|egga g3g|fada fada|faag fddg|faab c’bag|fgaf g4|
faaf d2fa|d2fa d3d|faaf d3d|egga g3g|fada fada|faag fddg|faab c’bag|fgaf g4|

O’Connor Donn Reel

This is taken from Pat Mitchell and Jackie Small’s transcription of Martin Reilly’s playing, which was on page 2 of An Píobaire Volume 2, Issue 6: http://source.pipers.ie/Media.aspx?mediaId=14852&categoryId=505 I haven’t bothered to notate any of the articulation here, just the bare notes, go to the transcription itself to get a sense of what the core of the tune actually was - and good luck, Reilly was just a brilliant piper and his variations on this tune were nothing short of amazing.

Peter Laban remarked about how he could scarcely believe that Mitchell and Small could fish out the actual tune from this very messy dub, and neither could I for years, as I attempted to reconstruct what Reilly played myself, with little luck. You can hear Pat and Jackie’s reconstruction on the NPU Source website - and also a lecture by Pat on this one recording! http://source.pipers.ie/Search/SearchResult.aspx?searchTerm=NotesandNarratives&startRowIndex=0&pageSize=12&mediaId=24081