The Reel With The Birl reel

Also known as Ladies Bonnet, The Reel With A Beryl, The Reel With A Birl, The Reel With Beryl, The Reel With The Berril, The Reel With The Beryl, The Reel With The Beryle, Reel With The Birl, The Reel With The Birl In It, Reel With The Burl, The Reel With The Burl, Tom Clair’s Maggie.

There are 17 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Wind That Shakes The Barley (a few times).

The Reel With The Birl has been added to 210 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Reel With The Birl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:E2 BE dEBE|(3EEE BE AGFD|(3EEE BE dEB2|1 dcdB AGFD:|2 dcdB A4||
B3 d e3 g|f~d3 d^def|g4 g3 g|fa (3aaa afe2|
b3 b2 afe|a3 a2 fed|B3 B2 AFA|dcdB AGFD|
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ABC
X: 2
T: The Reel With The Birl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E2 BE dEBE|E2 BE AGFD|E2 BE dE B2|1 d2 dB AGFD:|2 d2 dB A4||
B3 d e3 g|fd d2 d2 ef|g4 g3 e|fa a2 afed|
f3 b bafe|fa a2 afed|B3 B BAFA|d2 dB AGFD||
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X: 3
T: The Reel With The Birl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
~E2BE dEBE|~E2BE AGFD|~E2BE dEBc|1 ~d3B AGFD:|2 ~d3B A2FA||
B3d e3g|fddc d2ef|g2gf gfeg|fa~a2 afed|
fb~b2 bafe|fa~a2 afed|B2BA BAFA|~d3B AGFD||
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X: 4
T: The Reel With The Birl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E2BE DEBE|E2BE AFDF|E2BE dEBE|eBdB AFDF|
E2BE DEBE|E2BE AFDF|GBAF G3B|1dedB AFDF:|2d3B A4||
BA(3Bcd e4|fdd2 ed(3Bcd |g2gf g2eg|faab afef|
g2bg faaf|edfe edBA|GBAF GABc|1dedB A3B:|2d3B AFDF||
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X: 5
T: The Reel With The Birl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
E2BE dEBE | E3B AFDF | E2BE dEBE |1 dcdB AFDF :|2 dcdB A4 ||
BABd e2de | fddc d2ef | g4 g4 | faab afed |
dbb2 bafe | faab afed | B3B BAFA | dcdB AFDF ||
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ABC
X: 6
T: The Reel With The Birl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
~E2BE dEBE|~E2BE AFDE|~E2BE dEBd|efdB AFDE|
~E2BE dEBE|~E2BE AFDE|~E2BE ~E2BE|~E2dB (3.A.c.A FA||
BA (3.B.^c.d e.A.Ag|fdd^c dfaf|gfef ~g3e|f~a3 afdf|
g2be f2af|(3.g.f.e fd eBBA|GBB2 "*"c3A|B2dB AFDE ||
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X: 7
T: The Reel With The Birl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
~E2BE dEBE|~E2BE AGFD|~E2BE dEBd|efdB AFDF|
~E2BE dEBE|~E2BE AGFA|GBEF GABd |eddB A3d||
BABd e3g|fddc d2ef|g2gf gfeg|fa~a2 afde|
fb~b2 faaf|gefd edBA|GBEF GABd|eddB AGFD||
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Twenty-four comments

Reel With the Burl

This version comes off of Martin Hayes’s The Lonseome Touch. The abcs and dots won’t do it justice—you’ve got to hear it to pick up the heavy swing Martin gives it, and to make sense of all those long notes in Part B. Similarly, the fnatural to fsharp in measure 2 of Part B is just a chromatic slide into the g—listening to the recording will help with timing.

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Corrected notes for Reel With the Burl

Apologies…the 2nd measure of Part B should read: |f~d3 d^def|. I had a brain hiccup when transcribing this one.
Will

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Corrected notes

Will, you can edit the ABC notation. Just log on and click on "edit the ABC notation" under "ABC".

Corrected notes

Jeremy, thanks for the wake up call. I did go in and correct the abc notation. Can you then fix the sheet music and midi file? Thanks, Will

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Corrected notes

‘Tis done. Lovely tune, by the way - especially the way Martin Hayes plays it.

Here is my version, which is based on Mary MacNamara’s playing.

E2 BE dEBE|E2 BE AGFD|E2 BE dE B2|1 d2 dB AGFD:|2 d2 dB A4||
B3 d e3 g|fd d2 d2 ef|g4 g3 e|fa a2 afed|
f3 b bafe|fa a2 afed|B3 B BAFA|d2 dB AGFD||

This is currently one of the most trendy tunes in Ireland, but I don’t remember which setting was commonly played while I was in Ireland. Micho Russel’s one on John Williams’ album is also nice.

Does anybody else think…

that this is the same tune as Drowsie Maggie?

No

I don’t.

No, emphatically!

No, in spite of the very similar first part, the B part is completely different from Drowsey Maggie. But these are merely superficial observations. There is something about this tune which makes me play it very differently — much less drive, more swing. There is much more to the tunes than the notes. Even changing the key of a tune may make for a totally different approach to it and making it, at least to my ears, a different tune entirely.

The Reel With The Birl

I find that those long notes in the 2nd part of Martin Hayes’ version don’t work for me so I play a different setting a little bit like Slainte’s:

K:Edor
~E2BE dEBE|~E2BE AGFD|~E2BE dEBc|1 ~d3B AGFD:|2 ~d3B A2FA||
B3d e3g|fddc d2ef|g2gf gfeg|fa~a2 afed|
fb~b2 bafe|fa~a2 afed|B2BA BAFA|~d3B AGFD||

By the way, I assume that the "birl" refers to the type of ornamentation. I know what a pipes birl is but I don’t see what it has to do with this tune, unless the writer was referring to bowed triplets on the low E or something. Anyone shed light?

This tune is actually a west coast version of the reel "Drowsy Maggie."

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“The Reel With The Birl” by Micho Russel & John Williams

T:Reel With The Birl, The
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Jonh Williams ( with Miko Russel ) : "John Williams"
R:reel
Z:gmp
K:EDor
E2BE DEBE|E2BE AFDF|E2BE dEBE|eBdB AFDF|
E2BE DEBE|E2BE AFDF|GBAF G3B|1dedB AFDF:|2d3B A4||
BA(3Bcd e4|fdd2 ed(3Bcd |g2gf g2eg|faab afef|
g2bg faaf|edfe edBA|GBAF GABc|1dedB A3B:|2d3B AFDF||

Reel with the Beryle Chieftains 8

T: The Reel with the Beryle
S: The Chieftains 8
Z: transcribed by Hetty 28/02/08
M: 4/4
L:1/8
K: D
E2BE dEBE | E3B AFDF | E2BE dEBE |1 dcdB AFDF :|2 dcdB A4 ||
BABd e2de | fddc d2ef | g4 g4 | faab afed |
dbb2 bafe | faab afed | B3B BAFA | dcdB AFDF ||

Alternatives; bar 4 ‘A’ music (1st time repeat) ~ | d3B AFDF | ~
bar 4 ‘A’ music (2nd time repeat) ~ | d3B A4 | ~
bar 1 ‘B’ music ~ | B3d e2de | ~

Another west coast version of "Drowsy Maggie"

The Chieftains play this version as the second tune with "The Wind That Shakes the Barley"
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/116/comments

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A tip on how to play this driving reel:
Simply go Up, down, up down, then turn:
Uuuuuuuuuuuup and doooooooooown!
Simply brilliant! ;- )

did Mrs. Crotty compose this?

No, she didn’t compose it.

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Sure?

Oh because it is on a plaque outside Crotty’s pub in Kilrush

Reel With The Birl

X:6 from the piping of Willie Clancy. The asterisk marks where he slurred up into the C natural, for that piping nyah. Willie played actual birls, or crans, rather, on the low E notes at all times - in the Dance Music of Willie Clancy Pat Mitchell added an ‘R’ where Willie played a roll instead of a cran on the low E. Also Willie’s title for this was the Lady’s Bonnet.

E Crans

Kevin wants to tell us that all the ~E2 should be played as triplets

E2 = (3 E{F}E{G}E

maybe with an additional {G} to start the triplet when there is another E in advance.

My take on Teada recording:
X: 3
T: Reel With The Birl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
~E2BE dEBE|~E2BE AGFD|~E2BE dEBd|efdB AFDF|
~E2BE dEBE|~E2BE AGFA|GBEF GABd |eddB A3d||
BABd e3g|fddc d2ef|g2gf gfeg|fa~a2 afde|

Whoops put it in the wrong way and missing the last line. Rectified above.