John Watt Henry’s reel

Also known as John, John ‘Watt’ Henry’s, John Henry’s, Johnny Henry’s, Johny Watt Henry’s Favourite.

There are 24 recordings of a tune by this name.

John Watt Henry's has been added to 54 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: John Watt Henry's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2 Ad B2 FA | DFAF EDB,D | A2 Ad BAFA | dBAF EDB, D :|
d2 fd edfd | defd BAFA | d2 fd edfe | dBAF EDB,D |
d2 fd edfe | defd e2 de | f2 ed BdAB | dBAF EDB,D |
# Added by Kenny .
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X: 2
T: John Watt Henry's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: ABA BAB | Adf a2 f | gag fgf | (3efg e dcB | ABA BAB | Adf a2 f | gag fgf | edc d3 :|
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Nine comments

John “Watt” Henry’s

From a recording of Noel Hill and Tony Linnane at Glasgow Folk Festival 1984. They followed this with a tune called "Handsome Sally" - a cousin of "Drowsy Maggie", which I’ll post soon. Matt Molloy has recorded these two fine reels on his "Stony Steps" album. The two tunes are often played together, especially by Sligo musicians.

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Hello,
On the Fire Aflame record (Molloy, Keane and O’Flynn) there’s another John "Watt" Henry, except he’s Johnny there. Totally different tune from this one, played by Matt Molloy on a Bb Flute, one of the better tracks of the album i think, followed by Jerry McMahon’s reel. Now, who is Mr Henry? and does anyone know this other reel?

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John “Watt” Henry

John "Watt" Henry is/was [?] a fiddle player ,I think from a place called Doocastle in Co.Sligo. I don’t know if he’s still alive or not, if he is, he’d be in his 70s or possibly even his 80s by now. His name is associated with several tunes, including, strangely, a reel from the Shetland islands whose original title is "Donald Blue". His brother is the great Sligo-style flute-player Kevin Henry, a stalwart of the Chicago music scene. Kevin has a CD called "One’s Own Place", and he duets with his brother on that recording, in fact I seem to remember that John "Watt" has one solo fiddle track on it as well.
I agree with you, it’s a fine reel. I’ll try to post it if no-one else does, but I can’t check "abcs" at the moment becauase my computer at home has crashed.

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Thanks for that. I was just listening again to this on stony steps and in that first phrase instead of going up to the d he plays a C natural. It gives the tune an entirely different feel. Interesting.

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On the record, the version of the tune recorded by Claire Mann can be found by following the link just above my post here.

Still making the rounds

Kevin still plays this one a lot…it’s one of his favorites.

Teach Murrays, Gurteen

i learnt this one off the self-taught Amanda in Gurteen.

Not by another name, ….

…but on the wind aMONG THE REEDS it’s a jig, not a reel. Something like this - in D -
|: ABA BAB | Adf a2 f | gag fgf | (3efg e dcB | ABA BAB | Adf a2 f | gag fgf | edc d3 :|
| Adf a2 a | baf a2 f | gag fgf | (3efg e dcB | Adf a2 a | baf a2 f | gag fgf | edc d3 | Adf a2 a | baf a2 f | gag fgf | (3efg e dcB | ABA BAB | Adf a2 f | gag fgf | edc d3||

Surprised no-ones bothered to post it…..