Sean Reid’s reel

Also known as Gilbert Clancy’s, Seán Reid’s Fancy, Sean Reid’s Favorite, Sean Reid’s Favourite.

There are 47 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The West Wind (a few times), An Buachaill Dreoite (a few times), The Boy In The Gap (a few times), The Drunken Landlady (a few times).

Sean Reid's has been added to 236 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Sean Reid's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DG~G2 BG~G2|cA~A2 dBcA|DGGF GABd|cAFG AGG2|
DG~G2 BG~G2|cA~A2 d2ef|g2ag gfde|fdcA AGG2:|
dgga gfde|fdge fdcA|dg~g2 gfde|fdcA AGG2|
~g3a gfde|~f3g fdcA|dg~g2 bgag|fdcA AGG2:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Sean Reid's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DG ~G2 BG ~G2 | cAFA dG{A}GF | DG ~G2 B3 c |dBFG AGGF |
DGGA ~B3 G | ~c3 A dcAB | ~g3 a gfde |1 fdcA {B}AGGF :|2 fdcA {B}AG G2 |]
~g3 f {a}gfde | ~f3 e fdcA | gfga gfde | fdcA {B}AGGA |
~g3 f {a}gfde | ~f3 g fdef | ~g3 a (3bag {b}ag | fdcA {B}AGGF |]
"variation m. 3-4" DG ~G2 ~B3 d | cAFG AG{A}GF |
ABC
X: 3
T: Sean Reid's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DG{A}GG BGGG|{d}cAFA dBBA|DG{A}GG AB{c}Bd|cAdc AGGF|
DG{A}GG BG{A}GG|{d}cAFA dBAd | g2 ag {a}gfde |1 fdcA {B}AG {A}GF:|2 fdcA {B}AG (3Bcd |]
g2 ag {a}gfde | ~f2 ge fdcA | dg ~g2 gfde | fdcA {B}AG (3Bcd |
g2 ag {a}gfde | fdge fdcA | dg ~g2 bg{b}ag |1 fdcA {B}AG (3Bcd :|2 fdcA {B}AG {A}G2 |]
ABC

Sixteen comments

Try this one with the F in the 2nd and 6th measures of the B part as a natural. I personally like it a lot more that way…

Friel’s Kitchen

I love this tune! Michael Eskin plays it here: http://www.granitehillsdesign.com/michael/lastnightsfun/seanreids.mp3 Also, this sounds a lot like the last tune played in the "Friel’s Kitchen" set, track 3 of The Best of the Chieftains. I looked inside the cover, but it didn’t say what tunes were played in that set. I think its the same tune, though. Please correct me if I’m wrong.

-Max

I have 3 recordings of this tune. The first one is on the Bothy Band’s album "Live in Concert". After the Kesh Jig/Give us a Drink of Water they play two reels led by Matt Molloy on flute. The call the first one "The Flower of the Flock" but in actual fact its this tune.

I also have a Paddy Carty album with Mick O Connor. He plays this tune after "Stone in the Field" and calls it "The West Wind". However, Michael O Raghallaigh calls this tune "West Wind" too and on the sleeve notes points out that there is indeed another tune by the same name but this isn’t related to it.

Catherine McEvoy and John McEvoy have it as "Gilbert Clancy’s" on their album Kilmore Fancy. I’ll call it that.

Yes, I know that. I said the Bothy Band called this tune (Sean Reid’s) "The Flower of the Flock" but this was incorrect.

No, they called Flower Of The Flock Flower Of The Flock.

Also on Danu’s "Think before You Think" album, on which it’s mistakenly called "Peeler’s Jacket."

Flower of the Flock

I know I’m a year late but for anyone who’s interested, there is actually one recording (The Live in Concert at BBC one) of the Bothy Band where Matt Molloy plays Sean Reid’s instead of The Flower of the Flock, and whoever named it apparantly didn’t pay attention and gave it the name of the tune they always played, the Flower of the Flock

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Sean Reid’s

Thanks for the clip, Taurus. Sounds like Mary Bergin. Lovely phrasing.

Willie Clancy/Bobby Casey duet

Here’s my take on the setting by Willie Clancy and Bobby Casey from Folktrax-173. It’s preceded by “The West Wind” and that might contribute to their confusion—that, and the fact that the tunes share a lot of musical contours.

This setting of "Sean Reid’s" is a little different from versions I’ve heard in sessions in that the B part is only played once.

Willy apparently got the tune from Sean Reid himself. One alternate title, “Gilbert Clancy’s” pays tribute to Willy’s dad, who fancied the tune.

X: 1
T: Sean Reid’s
R: reel
M: 4/4
S: Willie Clancy and Bobby Casey, Folktrax 173
K: Gmaj
DG ~G2 BG ~G2 | cAFA dG{A}GF | DG ~G2 B3 c |dBFG AGGF |
DGGA ~B3 G | ~c3 A dcAB | ~g3 a gfde |1 fdcA {B}AGGF :|2 fdcA {B}AG G2 |]
~g3 f {a}gfde | ~f3 e fdcA | gfga gfde | fdcA {B}AGGA |
~g3 f {a}gfde | ~f3 g fdef | ~g3 a (3bag {b}ag | fdcA {B}AGGF |]
"variation m. 3-4" DG ~G2 ~B3 d | cAFG AG{A}GF |

I’ve uploaded the tune here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyyOBQ-Wl1s


Mary Bergin’s setting

I believe the youtube link provided above by Taurus is indeed Mary Bergin off of her first Feódoga Stáin album, with Alex Finn and Ringo McDonagh. I’ve added my transcription of her setting of Sean Reid’s. It’s very similar to the Clancy/Casey version but with the B part doubled.

X: 1
T: Sean Reid’s
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
S: Mary Bergin
K: Gmaj
DG{A}GG BGGG|{d}cAFA dBBA|DG{A}GG AB{c}Bd|cAdc AGGF|
DG{A}GG BG{A}GG|{d}cAFA dBAd | g2 ag {a}gfde |1 fdcA {B}AG {A}GF:|2 fdcA {B}AG (3Bcd |]
g2 ag {a}gfde | ~f2 ge fdcA | dg ~g2 gfde | fdcA {B}AG (3Bcd |
g2 ag {a}gfde | fdge fdcA | dg ~g2 bg{b}ag |1 fdcA {B}AG (3Bcd :|2 fdcA {B}AG {A}G2 |]

Paul McGratten

Paul does a nice version of this tune on Keelwest. I think he’s playing a Bb flute, popping that first note of the A part nicely.