Josephine Keegan’s reel

Also known as Connie O’Connell’s, Keegan’s, Michael Queally’s, Monymusk.

There are 50 recordings of a tune by this name.

Josephine Keegan's has been added to 30 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Josephine Keegan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2BG DGBc|dcBc AD (3DDD|d2BG DGBG|cBAg fage|
d2BG DGBc|dcBc AD (3DDD|d2BG DGBG|cBAA (3Bcd ef|
gd~d2 egde|~g3a bgef|gd~d2 egdB|cBAA (3Bcd ef|
gd~d2 egde|~g3a bgef|g2fg egdB|cBAg fage|
ABC
X: 2
T: Josephine Keegan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2BG dGBG|dcBc ADD2|d2BG dBGB|cBAg fage|
d2BG dGBG|dcBc ADD2|d2BG dBGB|cBAB cdef||
gdBd edBd|g3b agef|gdBd edBG|cBAB cdef|
gdBd edBd|g3b agef|gefd ecdB|cBAg fage||
ABC
X: 3
T: Josephine Keegan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
eAcA e2 (3agf | eAdc BEGB | eAcA e3a | fdBa (3gfe (3agf |
eAcA e2 (3agf | eAcA Bcdf | eccB cdea | fdBc defg ||
a2ea ceA2 | aAce fBB2 | a2ea ceA2 | dcBc defg |
a2ea ceA2 | aAce fBBe | (3agf (3gfe (3fed (3cBA | (3fga (3gfe fgaf ||
ABC
X: 4
T: Josephine Keegan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2 BG DGBd|dcBc AD ~D2|dcBG DGBd|ceag fage|
d2 BG DGBd|dcBc AD ~D2|dcBG DGBd|cA ~A2 cdef||
~g2 dg edef|~g3 a bgaf|~g2 fd (3efg dB|cA ~A2 cdef|
~g2 dg edef|~g3 a bgaf|~g2 fd edBd|cBAg fage||
ABC
X: 5
T: Josephine Keegan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dGBG d2 (3gfe | dGcB ADFA | dGBG d3g | ecAg (3fed (3gfe |
dGBG d2 (3gfe | dGBG ABce | dBBA Bcdg | ecAB cdef ||
g2dg BdG2 | gGBd eAA2 | g2dg BdG2 | cBAB cdef |
g2dg BdG2 | gGBd eAAd | (3gfe (3fed (3edc (3BAG | (3efg (3fed efge ||
ABC

Ten comments

Michael Queally’s

Bridie (bb) would kill me if she knew I was posting this b/c it’s one of her special sacred tunes that she was kind enough to teach me, but I know she’s at the National Folk Festival in Canberra with no access to computers, so hopefully this will have fallen off the bottom of the page by the time she gets back and she’ll be none the wiser. I’d really like a name for this tune if anyone has one. I’ve just named it appropriately after the source recording but that’s not its real name unless it’s an original.

Great tune

Is it played straight through or are there a few repeats missing? And … Why didn’t you go to Canberra yourself? But then this terrific tune wouldn’t have been posted.

BTW - it sounds great on a CGDa Mandola.

I hope you don’t get in too much trouble.

You play it straight thru’ as a single. Nash: couldn’t go - "no mun" :-( Job seeking hasn’t been successful for a coupla months. I’ve got a couple more of Beebs’ tunes that I wanted to post but I don’t know that I’ll get away with it now… I was hoping to get a name for this more than anything.. she’ll be back to work soon and I’ll get a phone call from her workplace to say "what are you doing DOW?" :-)

Connie O’Connell’s

The Dublin women’s group, "Macalla" have this reel on their 2nd recording. Two tunes are listed together as "Connie O’Connell’s", although the 2nd is allegedly an Ed Reavy composition. bb could alway ask him at the Willie week - he’s usually around.

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I got this information about the tune thanks to the Fiddler’s Companion:

"JOSEPHINE KEEGAN’S. Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard. AB. The tune was recorded by the all-woman Irish group Macalla as “Connie (O’)Connell’s” and by Kevin Griffin (on the Ossian compilation "Farewell to Lissycasey") as “Josephine Keegan’s.” O’Connell thought his version may have come from the playing of fiddler Lad O’Beirne. The tune appears to be a reel version of melodic material that appears in several South-West Donegal highlands, some of which are quite similar, says Mick Brown, in both the keys of G and A. “It seems to be a version of the old Scottish tune known in Ireland as "The Moneymusk" (best known in A)”, states Brown, “An elaborate version was played in Teelin (in G), where it was particularly associated with Jimmy Lyons.” Green Linnet SIF 3085, Four Men and a Dog – “Barking Mad.”

X: 1
T: Josephine Keegan’s
T: Connie (O’)Connell’s
R: Reel
S: Terry Bingham, Comber,Down (Concertina)
D: Session tape - Cushendall 1993
Z: Bernie Stocks
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: G
d2BG dGBG|dcBc ADD2|d2BG dBGB|cBAg fage|
d2BG dGBG|dcBc ADD2|d2BG dBGB|cBAB cdef||
gdBd edBd|g3b agef|gdBd edBG|cBAB cdef|
gdBd edBd|g3b agef|gefd ecdB|cBAg fage||

Keegan’s

This tune is also on Jimmy Noonan and Chris McGrath’s album "The Maple Leaf", (listed as Keegan’s) it comes after The Donegal Traveler…

Har har Dow - I only just found this now. After four years!

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“Moneymusk” / “Monymusk” / etc.. ~ This tune is also allegedly a variant - ,

although the similarities are not as obvious…

# Posted on February 1st 2012 by Dr. Dow

"Moneymusk" / "Monymusk" / etc…
Submitted on January 28th 2003 by gian marco.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1387

& the rest of the family ~

"The Fermanagh Reel"
Submitted on April 22nd 2002 by Will Harmon.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/654

"Leslie’s Reel"
Submitted on April 26th 2004 by Dr. Dow.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2897

"Molly’s Reel" / "The Three Sisters No.1"
Submitted on January 31st 2012 by ceolachan.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/11748

I found a version of Monymusk online that show the similarities more clearly.

X: 1
T: Monymusk
M:4/4
L: 1/8
O: Probably a version from Teelin, County Donegal.
K: Amaj
eAcA e2 (3agf | eAdc BEGB | eAcA e3a | fdBa (3gfe (3agf |
eAcA e2 (3agf | eAcA Bcdf | eccB cdea | fdBc defg ||
a2ea ceA2 | aAce fBB2 | a2ea ceA2 | dcBc defg |
a2ea ceA2 | aAce fBBe | (3agf (3gfe (3fed (3cBA | (3fga (3gfe fgaf ||

Especially when you transpose it into G:

X: 1
T: Monymusk
M:4/4
L: 1/8
O: Probably a version from Teelin, County Donegal.
N: Transposed into G from A
K: Gmaj
dGBG d2 (3gfe | dGcB ADFA | dGBG d3g | ecAg (3fed (3gfe |
dGBG d2 (3gfe | dGBG ABce | dBBA Bcdg | ecAB cdef ||
g2dg BdG2 | gGBd eAA2 | g2dg BdG2 | cBAB cdef |
g2dg BdG2 | gGBd eAAd | (3gfe (3fed (3edc (3BAG | (3efg (3fed efge ||

Rescued duplication + comments

X: 1
T: Gan Ainm
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
d2 BG DGBd|dcBc AD ~D2|dcBG DGBd|ceag fage|
d2 BG DGBd|dcBc AD ~D2|dcBG DGBd|cA ~A2 cdef||
~g2 dg edef|~g3 a bgaf|~g2 fd (3efg dB|cA ~A2 cdef|
~g2 dg edef|~g3 a bgaf|~g2 fd edBd|cBAg fage||

Another one that emerged from the dark recesses of memory. One I learned long ago but forgot to play I suppose.

It was doing the rounds around Ennis fifteen years ago and was recorded by The Bowhouse Quintet as far as I remember. I have no name associated with it.

# Posted on August 1st 2012 by Prof. Prlwytzkofski

Maybe I was wrong about the bowhouse, I didn’t locate the tune during a quick scan of the CD. Still I hear that sound in my mind when I play the tune. Memory does that to you.

# Posted on August 1st 2012 by Prof. Prlwytzkofski