Dermie Diamond’s reel

Also known as Johnny Doherty’s Fling, McConnell’s Highland, McConnell’s Highland Fling.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

Dermie Diamond's has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Dermie Diamond's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
B2 BF ABde | fdef edcd | B2 BF ABdb | afef d4 :|
fgaf g2 bg | afdf efde | fgaf gabg | afdf ef d2 |
fgaf gabg | afdf efdc | B2 BF ABdb | afef d4 |
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X: 2
T: Dermie Diamond's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B2 B>A F>AA>B|d2 f>d e>dc>A|B2 B>A F>AA>f|1 a>f (3efe d2 c2:|2 a>f (3efe d2 d2||
f>aa>f g>ab>g|a>fd>f e>dB>d|f>aa>f g>ab>g|a>f (3efe d2 d2|
f>aa>f g>ab>g|a>Ad>f e>dc>A|B2 B>A F>AA>f|a>f (3efe d2 c2||
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X: 3
T: Dermie Diamond's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
.B2 B>(F A2) A>(B | d>)(e f>)(d e>)(d B>)(G | .B2) B>(F A>)(B d>)(e|1 f>)(a (3gfe) .d2 d>(c :|2f>(a (3gfe) .d2 d>e-|
(f<a) {g}a>(f g>)(a b>)(g | a>)(f d>)(f e>)(d B>)(d | f<a) {g}a>(f g>)(a b>)(g | a>)(f (3efe) d2 d>e- |
(f<a) {g}a>(f g>)(a b>)(g | a>)(f d>)(f e>)(d c>)(d | B>)(D B>)(D A>)(B d>)(e | f>)(a (3gfe) d2 d>c- ||
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Seven comments

Dermie Diamond’s

From Harry Bradley’s 1st CD. Harry has a lot of wee variation as he plays this tune, but this, I think would be the basic version. He named it after his source for the tune, the fine fiddler, and once-upon-a-time banjo player, Dermie Diamond from Belfast.

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This is originally a Highland!

Harry Bradley writes: "The second I heard from Belfast born fiddler Dermie Diamond who plays it as a highland."

The title of the original highland version of the tune is "McConnell’s Highland." It might be a variant of Scottish tune "Sandy Ower Da Lea."

McConnell’s Highland

Gavin Whelan’s version goes like this:

K: Bmin
|:B2 B>A F>AA>B|d2 f>d e>dc>A|B2 B>A F>AA>f|1 a>f (3efe d2 c2:|2 a>f (3efe d2 d2||
f>aa>f g>ab>g|a>fd>f e>dB>d|f>aa>f g>ab>g|a>f (3efe d2 d2|
f>aa>f g>ab>g|a>Ad>f e>dc>A|B2 B>A F>AA>f|a>f (3efe d2 c2||

Sorry if I misremember one or two phrases. Actually, it’s not recorded with much swing.

I recently realised it’s related to the Fisherman’s Lilt (aka. The Kerryman’s Daughter), and the Siege of Ennis.

Not B minor but D Major…

Both parts resolving on the D ~ | a>fe>f d4 :|

Johnny Doherty’s Fling

One more Johnny Doherty’s !
This setting is the one learnt on our slow session in Paris (France), from the recording of Bua "Down the Green Fields". I decided, what I usually don’t, to add a lot of things like ties, ornaments, accents so as to mark the swing and specificity of that kind of tune. I hope these won’t overcharge the readability of the score.