The Hills Of Connemara reel

Also known as John Ryan’s.

There are 32 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Hills Of Connemara has been added to 78 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Hills Of Connemara
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D3/2 D/2 DD A2 AA| B2 B2 A3 A| D2 z F A2 z F| GG FF E4|
D2 FF AA AA| B2 B2 A2 FE| D2 d2 A2 F2| E4 D2 z2|

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Hills of Connemara

This is a nice little tune but VERY short. Perhaps other session members have some suggestions for some tunes to go with it for a set.

Hills of connemara - Song Lyrics

Hills Of Connemara
Gather up the pots and the old tin cans
The mash, the corn, the barley and the bran.
Run like the devil from the excise man
Keep the smoke from rising, Barney.

Keep your eyes well peeled today
The excise men are on their way
Searching for the mountain tay
In the hills of Connemara.

Swinging to the left, swinging to the right
The excise men will dance all night
Drinkin’ up the tay till the broad daylight
In the hills of Connemara.


A gallon for the butcher and a quart for John
And a bottle for poor old Father Tom
Just to help the poor old dear along
In the hills of Connemara.

Stand your ground, for it’s too late
The excise men are at the gate.
Glory be to Paddy, but they’re drinkin’ it straight
In the hills of Connemara.

Chorus (Twice)

Gaelic Storm and alternate lyrics

Gaelic Storm’s recording has a slightly different final verse, one that scans particularly well to my taste:

Stand your ground & don’t you fall,
The excise men, they’re at the wall—
Jaesus Christ, they’re drinkin’ it all
In the hills of Connemara

The Mead Hall Band used to play this tune sandwiched between two rounds of John Ryan’s Polka.

does anyone know the harp(harmonica) part for this??