The Dunmore Lasses reel

Also known as The Dunmore Lassies, The High Road To Sligo, Morrison’s, The Road To Knock.

There are 164 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Kesh (lots of times), Drowsy Maggie (lots of times), The Galway Rambler (a few times), The Bride’s Favourite (a few times), Dinny Delaney’s (a few times).

The Dunmore Lasses has been added to 844 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Dunmore Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
~E3F ~G3A|Be~e2 Be~e2|~E3F G2BG|A2BA GEFD|
~E3F ~G3A|Beed ~e3f|(3.g.f.e fd eBdB|AcBA GEFD:|
g2eg fedc|Be~e2 Be~e2|g2eg fedB|AcBA GE~E2|
g2eg fedc|Beed ~e3f|(3.g.f.e fd eBdB|AcBA GEE2:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Dunmore Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
~E3F ~G3A|Be~e2 Be~e2|~E3F ~G2BG|A2BA GEFD|
~E3F G2GA|Beed ~e3f|feed edBd|~A2BA GEFD|
~E3F G2GA|Be~e2 Be~e2|~E3F G2BG|~A2BA (3GBG FB|
EBEF ~G3A|Beed ~e3f|g2fd edBd|~A2BA ge~e2|
g2eg fedc|Be~e2 Be~e2|~g2eg fedB|AGBA ge~e2|
g2eg fedc|Beed ~e3f|g2fd edBd|~ A2BA ge~e2|
gfeg fedc|Be~e2 Be~e2|gfeg fedB|AGBA ge~e2|
g2eg fedc|Beed ~e3f|g2fd edBd|~ A2BA GEFD||"fine"A4
ABC
X: 3
T: The Dunmore Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EDEF GFGA|Be (3~ede Be ~e2|EDEF (3GFG BG|~A2 BA (3GFE FD|
|EDEF GFGA|Be (3~ede ~eBef|gbag fedB|1~A2 BA (3GFE FD:|2~A2 BA GEEd||
|:~e2 ge bege|defa gfed|~e2 ge bege|~fdB^c defd|
|~e2 ge bege|defg ~a2 ga|(3bag af gfe^d|1~e2 BA GEEd:|2~e2 BA (3GFE FD||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Dunmore Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
(3EEE EF GFGA | Be (3eee Be (3eee | EDEF (3GGG BG | AcBA GAFA |
(3EEE EF GFGA | Beed edef | (3gfe fd ecdB |1 AcBA GAFA:|2 AcBA GE (3EEE |
gfeg fedA | Be (3eee Be (3eee | gfeg fedB | AcBA GE (3EEE |
gfeg fedA | Be (3eee edef | (3gfe fd eBdB |1 AcBA GE (3EEE :|2 AcBA GAFA |
ABC
X: 5
T: The Dunmore Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E3F G3A|Be{a/}ed Be{a/}ed|E3F G2BG|!slide!A2{c/}BA GE{A/}FD|
Ez EF G3A|Be{a/}ed e2ef|!slide!gzfd ed{c/}BG|Ac{c/}BA GE{A/}FD:|
Ez EF G3A|BE{A/}ED BE{A/}ED|Ez EFGABG|!slide!A2{c/}BA GE{A/}FD|
Ez EF G3A|Be{a/}ed e3f|!slide!gzfd ed{c/}BG|Ac{c/}BA GE{A/}Ez|
|:gfeg fedc|Be{a/}ed Be{a/}ed|g2eg fedB|AcBA GE{A/}ED|
g2eg fedc|Be{a/}ed e3f|!slide!gzfd ed{c/}BG|AcBA GE{A/}E2:|
ABC

Thirty-two comments

Dunmore Lasses

This is a slow reel; it shows up in the Chieftains’ "Long Black Veil" CD. They play it very slowly there, maybe 1/4=120bpm.

Ornamentation

This is a (rare) example of a tune where Matt Molloy plays with almost no ornamentation! Check the CD.

Dunmore Lasses

This is a great tune the way Matt Molloy plays it. Bflat flute with only a couple of rolls for ornamentation, as previously stated. I play along with my Olwell Bflat while cranking the disc. Credit should also be given to Moloney for such a great arrangement of this reel.
This is a great tune.

I also play it as a slow reel, inspired by Matt Molloy, though I play it on the low whistle. But I’ve also heard played in normal reel tempo and I don’t think it’s intended especially as a slow reel.

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And fast

I just realized that M.M. also plays this reel at normal supersonic tempo in his "black CD" (Matt Molloy & D

Play it alone?

Is it a reel meant to be played alone or can it accompany another reel? And if so, what do you play it with. Thanks

Dunmore lasses - matt molloy version

~E3F ~G3A|Be~e2 Be~e2|~E3F ~G2BG|A2BA GEFD|
~E3F G2GA|Beed ~e3f|feed edBd|~A2BA GEFD|
~E3F G2GA|Be~e2 Be~e2|~E3F G2BG|~A2BA (3GBG FB|
EBEF ~G3A|Beed ~e3f|g2fd edBd|~A2BA ge~e2|
g2eg fedc|Be~e2 Be~e2|~g2eg fedB|AGBA ge~e2|
g2eg fedc|Beed ~e3f|g2fd edBd|~ A2BA ge~e2|
gfeg fedc|Be~e2 Be~e2|gfeg fedB|AGBA ge~e2|
g2eg fedc|Beed ~e3f|g2fd edBd|~ A2BA GEFD||"fine"A4

Close kin of Tuttle’s?

The mode and shape of the melody here is eerily similar to Tuttle’s, seems to me…

Composed by?

Did James Kelly write this? Someone told me he wrote a reel called "Road to Knock" and this tune has that title…

Reversing the parts

I’ve heard this played by Mick Moloney with the A and B parts reversed on a compilation album called Dance Music Of Ireland.

I’ll add it to the Recordings section.

Paddy Carty

Is this on Paddy Carty’s ‘Traditional Music of Ireland’ CD as Morrison’s reel (or something similar)? I’m sure this is the one.

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Jig as well

i know this as a jig - in Geoff Bowens ‘Folk Fiddle@.

James Kelly didn’t write this, unless he has a time machine or something. Tom Morrison recorded it on 78 in the 1920s. (He played it B part first, and didn’t repeat the B part, so it came out BAABAAB…)

Reel

Chieftains first played this tune at reel tempo on Chieftains 6… First tune on the first track which is The Chattering Magpie. I think it sounds great either way, depending on the mood I’m in.

More lasses….

I agree. It’s great on it’s own played slow. I do it on a low A whistle just for something different (or not!). But i also play it fast on a normal "D" and put it after the Skylark. Sounds strange but it works for me!

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It’s only a "slow reel" if you play it slowly.

I hear ya Dow… I think it makes an awesome fast reel.

The Dunmore Lasses, now in America?

I recently found a close resemblance between this tune and "My Love is in America": http://www.thesession.org/tunes/77

Seems some tunebooks have already pointed this out, and it is probably not accidental.

Molloy’s playing is great. Finally there’s some use for my Eb tinwhistle.

Beyond the Pale

The CD Fiona - Beyond the Pale has a good version of Dunmoore Lassies using two tin whistles.

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Another variant B part and tune to play it with—

I learned this without a name some time ago, with the following small variation in the A part and a significantly different B part. Is it actually a different tune? In any case, I’ve played it after Man of the House, with Man of the House played quite slowly, then with a pause between and Dunmore Lasses at dance speed.

M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:200
N:variant B part
K:EAeolian
|:EDEF GFGA|Be (3~ede Be ~e2|EDEF (3GFG BG|~A2 BA (3GFE FD|
|EDEF GFGA|Be (3~ede ~eBef|gbag fedB|1~A2 BA (3GFE FD:|2~A2 BA GEEd||
|:~e2 ge bege|defa gfed|~e2 ge bege|~fdB^c defd|
|~e2 ge bege|defg ~a2 ga|(3bag af gfe^d|1~e2 BA GEEd:|2~e2 BA (3GFE FD||

Dunmore Lasses

I too find this reel similar to Tuttle’s
I have been searching for it thinking..
"what is that reel similar to Tuttle’s?"….well I found it hurray!

Dunmore lasses without ornaments, suggestion?

on flute, if you don’t want the ornaments at the beginning of the tune as given in the dots. what would you suggest to do instead?

thanks.

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Sheetmusic….

Where?

Banjo Setting

My own personal take on it. I don’t know where I heard this or if it came from my head. I like to walk down to the E in certain parts. Also having 1st and second endings makes this a little more interesting.

dunmore lasses

is a quare tune, good played in Dminor, C#minor and Cminor, for that youll need one off them flutes from the 19th century, ye know the silver ones or if yer lucky a wooden bohemme system would be grand , gets boring just playing in one mode all the time ,

Chieftains’ Long Black Veil

This is my attempt at the version from the CD. In the B section there is a solo played over the main tune which I haven’t attempted to transcribe.

darn looks a bit above my level… need to get back to practise O.O