The Doon reel

Also known as Callaghan’s, O’Callaghan’s.

There are 117 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Doon has been added to 50 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Doon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~B3d cAAc|BGGB dedc|~B3d cAAc|1 dBcA G2GA:|2 dBcA G2Bc||
dgga gfde|dc (3ABc defd|~g3a gfde|=fddB (3cdc Bc|
dgga gfde|dc (3ABc defa|~g2bg dgbg|~g2bg afdc||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Doon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~F3A GEEG|FDDF ABAG|~F3A G~E3|AFGE FDDE
~F3A G~E3|F/E/D FG ABAG|FGAF GEEG|AFGE FDDF||
Ad d/d/d dcAB|AGFG ABcA|~d3e dcAB|=cBAF G2 FG|
Adfe dcAB|AGFG AB c/B/A|d2 fd adfd|d/d/d fd ecAG||
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ABC
X: 3
T: The Doon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B3 B c2 Ac | B2 GB dcAF | DB B2 cAAg | fdcA AGG2 |
B3 B c2 Ac | B2 GB dcAF | DB B2 cBce | fdcA AGG2 ||
fgaf g2 fd | cAAB cBcA | fgaf g2 ag | fdcA AGG2 |
fgaf g2 fd | cAAB cBce | fgaf bgag | fdcA AGG2 ||
ABC

Six comments

The other Doon Reel. Sometimes also played in D, but it sounds brighter to me in G.

Some nice variations I do:
Bars 1 & 3: BDBd cA~A2 or BD (3GAB cAAc
Last few bars of B part: (3gfg ag bgag|dgbg afdc or (3gfg ag bgeg|db (3bbb afdc|

The “Other” Doon in D

This is tune #786 in Norbeck’s collection. He also lists "Callaghan’s" as a title.

Here’s my take on it.

X: 1
T: Doon Reel, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: D
~F3A GEEG|FDDF ABAG|~F3A G~E3|AFGE FDDE
~F3A G~E3|F/E/D FG ABAG|FGAF GEEG|AFGE FDDF||
Ad d/d/d dcAB|AGFG ABcA|~d3e dcAB|=cBAF G2 FG|
Adfe dcAB|AGFG AB c/B/A|d2 fd adfd|d/d/d fd ecAG||

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The Bonny Bunch of Ferns

This was the title that John Doherty gave this tune. As what?!!? points out, John played it as a pipe imitation.

John Kelly’s

John Kelly’s version is:

X:1
T:Ravelled Hank of Yarn, The
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:John Kelly
R:Reel
K:G
B3 B c2 Ac | B2 GB dcAF | DB B2 cAAg | fdcA AGG2 |
B3 B c2 Ac | B2 GB dcAF | DB B2 cBce | fdcA AGG2 ||
fgaf g2 fd | cAAB cBcA | fgaf g2 ag | fdcA AGG2 |
fgaf g2 fd | cAAB cBce | fgaf bgag | fdcA AGG2 ||

but he called it the Ravelled Hank of Yarn;