The Star Of Munster reel

Also known as The Bright Star Of Munster, Munster, Munster’s Stars, Realt Na Mumhain, Star O Munster, The Stars Of Munster.

There are 168 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Congress (lots of times), Down The Broom (lots of times), Drowsy Maggie (a few times), The Mason’s Apron (a few times), Bonnie Kate (a few times).

The Star Of Munster has been added to 1,348 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Star Of Munster
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:ed|c2Ac B2GB|AGEF GEDG|EAAB cBcd|eaaf gfed|
|cBAc BAGB|AGEF GEDG|EAAB cded|cABG A2:|
|:de|eaab ageg|agbg agef|gfga gfef|gfaf gfdf|
|eaab ageg|agbg agef|g2ge a2ga|bgaf ge:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Star Of Munster
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|:GA|((3Bcd B)G ((3ABc A)F|GFDG FDCF|(3DD(G {A}GF G)ABc|(3ddd {e}dd cAFA|
BG[BG]G [A3F3] G|D ~G3 FD[DC]F|(3DD(G {A}GF G)ABc|1((3dcB (3cBA B) ~G2 A:|2(3dd(B {d}BA) ~G3 =B:|
dgg^f gd (3ddd|gdad gdd(=e|=f2) =eg f ~c3|fgag fdcA|
dgg^f gd (3ddd|gdad gdd=e|({=fg}f=e fa) (f ~g3)|ga{b}ag fdcA:|
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ABC
X: 3
T: The Star Of Munster
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AB|c3A BAGE|A2BA GEDG|EAAB c2B/c/d|eaae gedB|
c3A BAGE|A2BA GEDG|EAAB c2B/c/d|egdB A2AB||
c3A BAGE|A2BA GEDG|EAAB c2B/c/d|eaae gedB|
cA~A2 BG~G2|AE~E2 GEDG|EAAB c2B/c/d|egdB A2Bd||:
eaab agea|~a2ba gede|~g3a gede|geae gedg|
eaab agea|~a2ba gede|~g3e ~a3g|1abba gedg:|~b3a gedB||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Star Of Munster
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
~c3A BAGB|AdBA GEDG|EA~A2 cBcd|eaae gedB|
~c3A BAGB|AdBA GEDG|EA~A2 cBcd|eddB A3B:|:
ea~a2 ageg|a2ba agef|g2fa gd~d2|gaba gedg|
ea~a2 ageg|a2ba agef|~g3e a2ga|1bgaf gedg:|2bgaf gedg|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Star Of Munster
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
cBA c/B/AG|AEF GED|EAA ABd|eaa ged|
cBA c/B/AG|AEF GED|EAA ABd|edB AAA:|
eaa age|a/a/aa age|g/g/gg ged|bag a/g/ed|
eaa age|a/a/aa age|g/g/gg g/a/aa|aba ged|
eaa aee|c'ba aee|g/g/gg ged|bag {a}ged|
eaa aee|c'ba aee|g/g/gg g/a/aa|aba ged||
ABC
X: 6
T: The Star Of Munster
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ed |: c2 Ac B2 GB | AGEF GEDD | EAAB cBcd |eaaf gedB |
cBAc BAGB | AGEF GEDG | EAAB cded |1 cABG A2 ed :|2 cABG A2 Bd ||
|: eaab ageg | agbg agef | [g2B2] ga gedg |geaf gedg |
eaab ageg | agbg agef | [g2B2] gg [a2A2] aa | b3 a gedB :|
ABC
X: 7
T: The Star Of Munster
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|:~c3 BAG|AGE GED|EAA ABd|eaa ged|
c3 BAG|AGE GED|EAA cde|1dcA A3:|2 dcA Acd|
|:eaa bag|aba age|deg ~g3|gaa age|
eaa bag|aba age|deg age|1dBG Acd:|2dBG A3|]
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ABC
X: 8
T: The Star Of Munster
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
ed|c2A-c B2G-B|AGE^F GED=F|EAAB cBcd|eaa^f g=fed|
!uppermordent!c2A-c !uppermordent!B2G-B|AGE^F GED=F|EAAB cded|cAB^G A2z2||
e-aab ageg|agbg age^f|{/a}g^fga gfef|gea^f g=fed|
e-aab ageg|agbg age^f|!uppermordent!g2ge !uppermordent!a2ag|b2ba gfed|]
ABC

Thirty-two comments

A lovely reel, this. I’ve shown it here with a little variation on how you might play that opening phrase.

The second part can be varied by lengthening those A and G notes, e.g. turning gfg into one long g.

Yes, a really pretty tune, with a lovely minor sound to it, reminds me of Greensleeves (for no special reason). I just discovered this not long ago in John Walsh’s "Session Tunes" collection (it’s written slightly different there).

I love to give just the slightest little bit of vibrato on the first c note, then doing a triplet (abc) instead of the Ac that follows. Because of the way you have to cross-finger the c on the flute, this sounds nice (imho).

Oops, i meant ABc, not abc (but you already knew that).

Cool!

What a great suggestion glauber!!

Alternative Version

An alternative melody, key and ornamental version of the star of munster, which is similar to this Ador version, is in G minor, taught to me by a great Scottish fiddler, Mike Ward (formerly of the Tannahill Weevers and Alba), in his Dundee ‘Vintage Strings’ shop. He thinks he learnt the tune from the Glasgow session scene many years ago.

I recently discovered that his version is almost identical to Kevin Burke’s on ‘If the Cap Fits’. I’m unsure of the origin of this tune, but it may be a Tommy Potts rejig (?), which might explain why, when played in sessions, it can be almost unrecognisable from the original.

Here’s the ABC:

K:Gmin
|:GA|((3Bcd B)G ((3ABc A)F|GFDG FDCF|(3DD(G {A}GF G)ABc|(3ddd {e}dd cAFA|
BG[BG]G [A3F3] G|D ~G3 FD[DC]F|(3DD(G {A}GF G)ABc|1((3dcB (3cBA B) ~G2 A:|2(3dd(B {d}BA) ~G3 =B:|
dgg^f gd (3ddd|gdad gdd(=e|=f2) =eg f ~c3|fgag fdcA|
dgg^f gd (3ddd|gdad gdd=e|({=fg}f=e fa) (f ~g3)|ga{b}ag fdcA:|

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G min Star of Munster

Mike Ward has since told me he remembers he actually learnt it directly off Kevin Burke while on tour with him all those years ago!

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tune before star of munster

can anyone recommend a tune to go before the start of Munster? I ve tried the recordings of other groups but I’d like someones elses ideas or preferences. I play the tune on a banjo in A minor. Hoping someone can give me a bit of inspriation.

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Re: tune before star of munster

Try Ships are Sailing.

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Re: tune before star of munster

I do Star of Munster then Hunter’s Purse, but try Hunter’s Purse THEN Star of Munster =]

Cheers,
Armand

Re: tune before star of munster

We play it in a set consisting of
Jackie Coleman’s/Bag of Spuds/Knotted Cord/Star of Munster

A really fun set. :-)

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Re: tune before star of munster

For me, Starving Monster is one of those useful tunes (like The Congress) that you can fall back on when you’re stumped for a tune and need one that everyone knows and that you can end the set on a high note with.

Re: tune before star of munster

Rakish Paddy before the Starving Monster *LOL Zina* makes for a seamless change.

Re: tune before star of munster

We usually do Mason’s Apron before Star of Munster.

Tune before star of munster

We usually do Father’s Kelly Reel before Star of Munster. Works well.

T:The Star of Munster
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Mike & Mary rafferty . thge old fireside music
R:reel
Z:gian marco pietrasanta
K:ADor
AB|c3A BAGE|A2BA GEDG|EAAB c2B/c/d|eaae gedB|
c3A BAGE|A2BA GEDG|EAAB c2B/c/d|egdB A2AB||
c3A BAGE|A2BA GEDG|EAAB c2B/c/d|eaae gedB|
cA~A2 BG~G2|AE~E2 GEDG|EAAB c2B/c/d|egdB A2Bd||:
eaab agea|~a2ba gede|~g3a gede|geae gedg|
eaab agea|~a2ba gede|~g3e ~a3g|1abba gedg:|~b3a gedB||

T:The Star of Munster
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Tommy Peoples - trad. irish music played on thr fiddle
R:reel
Z:gian marco pietrasanta
K:ADor
~c3A BAGB|AdBA GEDG|EA~A2 cBcd|eaae gedB|
~c3A BAGB|AdBA GEDG|EA~A2 cBcd|eddB A3B:|:
ea~a2 ageg|a2ba agef|g2fa gd~d2|gaba gedg|
ea~a2 ageg|a2ba agef|~g3e a2ga|1bgaf gedg:|2bgaf gedg|

liam and anthony bradley play belgian reel before this one.. comes out pretty cool

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Other tunes to play before this

We (my band) play "Temperance Reel" (aka "Teetotaller") (G/e), then "Silver Spear" (D) and finally "Star of Munster)!
Great change of chords from A to a! Sounds awesome!

I’ve been playing a set of "Hand Me Down the Tackling / Matt People’s / Star of Munster" works nicely.

Star of munster for TWO fiddles

I’ve a recording of two violins using this as a duet - they turn it into more of an air and it turns out really nice. Do people use it generally as more of an actual full-speed reel?

The star of Munster (jig version)

I found a jig version of "The star of Munster" in "The best of Irish jigs and reels, vol.1" by Various Artists, track 5, tune 2. It’s played by Stockton’s Wing and they title all the set of 4 jigs as "Lasagne".

X:1
T:The star of Munster
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:jig
K:Am
cBA c/B/AG|AEF GED|EAA ABd|eaa ged|
cBA c/B/AG|AEF GED|EAA ABd|edB AAA:|
eaa age|a/a/aa age|g/g/gg ged|bag a/g/ed|
eaa age|a/a/aa age|g/g/gg g/a/aa|aba ged|
eaa aee|c’ba aee|g/g/gg ged|bag {a}ged|
eaa aee|c’ba aee|g/g/gg g/a/aa|aba ged||

What key is it in on "if the cap fits"?
everywhere i look its different…

Burke’s key…

G minor, as I recall.

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Slight Variation (Mandolin/Fiddle)

X:2
T:The Star of Munster
Z:Edgar Bolton
R:Reel
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:ADor
ed |: c2 Ac B2 GB | AGEF GEDD | EAAB cBcd |eaaf gedB |
cBAc BAGB | AGEF GEDG | EAAB cded |1 cABG A2 ed :|2 cABG A2 Bd ||
|: eaab ageg | agbg agef | [g2B2] ga gedg |geaf gedg |
eaab ageg | agbg agef | [g2B2] gg [a2A2] aa | b3 a gedB :|

In case I did duplicate it…

As a jig:

X: 1
T: Star Of Munster, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Ador
|:~c3 BAG|AGE GED|EAA ABd|eaa ged|
c3 BAG|AGE GED|EAA cde|1dcA A3:|2 dcA Acd|
|:eaa bag|aba age|deg ~g3|gaa age|
eaa bag|aba age|deg age|1dBG Acd:|2dBG A3|]

Here it is as a jig. I heard it in Geantrai the other night.

And in Ddor, how I’ve played it as a jig for the last few months.

X:1
T:Star Of Munster, The
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:jig
K:Ddor
|:~F3 EDC|DCA, CA,G,|A,DD DEG|Add cAG|
F3 EDC|DCA, CA,G,|A,DD FGA|1GFD D3:|2 GFD DFG|
|:Add edc|ded dcA|GAc ~c3|cdd dcA|
Add edc|ded dcA|GAc dcA|1GEC DFG:|2GEC D3|]

This is probably a duplication tbh, I might have made a mistake in submitting it.
# Posted on March 29th 2012 by SmashTheWindows

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Setting #8

is taken from O’Neill’s 1850. I’ve added this setting because of the interesting fluctuation between F sharp and F natural… apart from that it’s quite similar to Jeremy’s original setting though.

Nice Version, Sebastian!

Strong influence of the melodic minor scale in this. Quite enjoyable!

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O’Neill’s Modes of Ireland

It seems reasonable to suppose that they just didn’t know how to transcribe certain modes and tried to force everything into the classical major or minor (with heavy use of accidentals). Sometimes this results in rather weird settings, like Old Man Dillon’s in A major (!)… but as in this case, sometimes the result is quite nice. :)