Lad O’Beirne’s reel

Also known as Josephine Marsh’s, Lad O’Bierne’s, Lad O’Byrne’s, Lady O’Beirne’s.

There are 86 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Frank Quinn’s (a few times), The Mouth Of The Tobique (a few times), Murphy’s (a few times).

Lad O'Beirne's has been added to 81 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
d2cA dAcA | GcAF GAFD | CF~F2 CFAc | dcde fagf |
d2cA dAcA | GcAF GAFD | CF~F2 DFBd |1 cbag f3e :|2 cbag f3g ||
a2gf afgf | dgfd cFAd | c2Bd cdfa | gfga g2fg|
af~f2 afgf | dgfd cFAd | c2Bd cdfa | gfga f3g |
a2gf afgf | dgfd cFAd | c2Bd cdfa | gfga bagf |
~a3g ~f3c | dcfd cAFD | CF~F2 DFBd | cbag f3e ||
ABC
X: 2
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
d2cA dAcA | GcAF GFDF | CF~F2 CFAc | dcde fagf |
d2cA dAcA | GcAF GFDF | CFAc DFBd |1 cbag f3e :|2 cbag f3g ||
a2gf afgf | defd cBAB | c3d cdfa | g3a g2fg|
afgf afgf | defd cBAB | c3d cdfa | g3a f3g |
afgf afgf | defd cBAB | c3d cdfa | g3a bagf |
afge f3e | defd cAFD | CFAc DFBd | cbag f3e ||
# Added by rog .
ABC
X: 3
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: B2AF BFAF | EAFD EFDB, | A,D~D2 A,DFA | BABc dfed |
BF~F2 BFAF | EAFD EFDB, | A,DFD B,DGB |1 Agfe d3c :|2 Agfe d3e||
f2ed fded | BedB AGFB | A2GB ABdf | edef e2de |
fd~d2 fded | BedB ADFB | A2GB ABdf | ~e3f d3e |
f2ed fded | BedB AGFB | A2GB ABdf | ~e3f gfed |
~f3e d3A | BAdB AFDB, | A,D~D2 B,DGB | Agfe d3c ||
ABC

Nine comments

Another Lad O’Beirne’s

I heard this tune at a session in Boston a month ago. I’ve been obsessing about it since.
I love the way it flows into and out of minor in the first part. I found it on Josphine Marsh’s
first album, and later on one of Sharon Shannon’s. At the Boston session I was amazed that
the flute player was dead-on note for note. F is tricky even on a keyed flute, and there are
some tough passages in this tune. I’ve been playing it on a C whistle (G fingers) to get the
notes in my head. Maybe eventually I’ll move it to the flute.

This is just a beautiful tune—you’re right about how it flirts with the minor in the A part, and then waxes lyrical in the B part. A nice fiddle tune (I’ll leave it alone on my keyless flute :o). Great post!

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No doubt this is a beautiful tune, but I prefer playing George White’s Favourite on my keyless flute. There is some similarity between the two tunes.

Gosh, i just heard this tune at a session in California, can’t remember if it was Jack’s or Marla’s session at the Plough or if it was John Sherry’s out in Kensington…yay, now I can learn it! (I didn’t have a recorder with me. Bad girl. No biscuit.)

Recorder ????

I presume you mean tape or mini-disc recorder, Zina !Welcome back.

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LOL — yes, Kenny, that was it. Ta very much, it’s lovely to be back home.

Variation

listening to this tune on Sharon Shannon’s "Live in Galway", it seems somewhat different. more like this, as far as i can make it out (it’s quite fast!):

X:2316
T: Lad O’Beirne’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Fmaj
d2cA dAcA | GcAF GFDF | CF~F2 CFAc | dcde fagf |
d2cA dAcA | GcAF GFDF | CFAc DFBd |1 cbag f3e :|2 cbag f3g ||
a2gf afgf | defd cBAB | c3d cdfa | g3a g2fg|
afgf afgf | defd cBAB | c3d cdfa | g3a f3g |
afgf afgf | defd cBAB | c3d cdfa | g3a bagf |
afge f3e | defd cAFD | CFAc DFBd | cbag f3e ||

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Roger Sherlock’s Lad O Beirne reel

Would anyone have a transcription of Roger Sherlocks take on this tune as played in the YouTube link :

http://youtu.be/ZdfU2Gc1ZlE


If anyone could help on this one would be very much appreciated….

By far the nicest for version of this tune for me as flute/tin whistle player…. :)

Also played in D major

I’ve been hearing this tune played in D major quite a bit recently. It’s a lot nicer on the flute in D despite having to pop all the low register notes.