The Abbey reel

Also known as The Abbey Road, The Moher, Reddigan’s.

There are 63 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Maudabawn Chapel (lots of times), The Wild Irishman (lots of times), Last Night’s Fun (a few times), The Boys Of Portaferry (a few times).

The Abbey has been added to 602 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Abbey
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: B | A3B A2GE | A2GA BddB | A3B AGEF | G3A Bdd :|
| g | egg2 a2ba | gabg aged | egg2 a2ga | bgaf gedg |
egg2 a2bg | agbg aged | egg2 a2ga | bgaf ged |
ABC
X: 2
T: The Abbey
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
~A3B A2GE|A2GA BGDB|~A3B AGEF|G2GA BGDB|
~A3B A2GE|A2GA BGDB|A2dB AGEF|G2GA Bdd2||
eg~g2 a2ba|gabg aged|eg~g2 a2ga|bgef ged2|
eg~g2 ag~g2|a2bg aged|eg~g2 a2ga|bgea gedB|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Abbey
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
~A3B A2GE|A2GA BedB|~A3B AGEF|1 G2GA BedB:|2 G2GA Bddg||
eg~g2 a2ba|gabg aged|eg~g2 a2ga|bgaf gedg|
eg~g2 agbg|agbg aged|eggb a2ga|bgaf gedB||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Abbey
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A3 B A2 GE|~A3 G B (3ded B|A2 AB AGED|DEGA B (3ded B|
~A3 B A2 GE|A2 AG BddB|A3 B AGED|DEGA Bddg||
eg~g2 a2 ba|gabg ageg|degb a2 ga|bgaf gedg|
eg~g2 ag~g2|agbg ageg|degb a2 ga|(3bag af gedB||
# Added by errik .
ABC
X: 5
T: The Abbey
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: A3 (BA2) GE | A2 GABd3 | A3 (BA2) GE |GEDE GAdB :|
| efge a4 | gabg aged |efge a2ga | b2af fgfd |
| efge agbg | agbg ageg |d^deg a4 | agef gedc |
|: A3 (BA2) GE | A2 GABd3 | A3 (BA2) GE |GEDE GAdB :|
| efge a4 | gabg aged |efge a2ga | b2af fgfd |
| efge agbg | agbg ageg |dege a2ge | gfeg fdcB|
|: A3 (BA2) GE | A2 GABd3 | A3 (BA2) GE |GEDE GAdB :|
| efge a4 | gabg aged |efge a2ga | b2af fgfd |
| efge agbg | agbg ageg |dege a2ga | bgaf gedB|
ABC
X: 6
T: The Abbey
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
| A3B A2GE | A2GA BedB | A3B AGED | G3A BedB |
| A3B A2GE | A2GA BedB | AGAB AGED | G3A Bddg |
| eggg gaba | gabg aged | egg2 a2ga | bgef gedg |
eggg agbg | agbg aged | eggg gaga | bgef gedB |
ABC
X: 7
T: The Abbey
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: B | A3B A2GE | A2GA BddB | A3B AGEF | G3A BddB |
A3B A2GE | A2GA BddB | A3B AGEF | G3A Bddg||
|:eg g2 a2ba|gabg aged|eg g2 a2ga|bgaf gedg|
eg g2 agbg|agbg aged|eggb a2ga|bgaf gedB||
# Added by JACKB .
ABC

Seventeen comments

Abbey Reel_Paul McGrattan vesion ( album “the frost is all over” )

~A3B A2GE|A2GA BGDB|~A3B AGEF|G2GA BGDB|
~A3B A2GE|A2GA BGDB|A2dB AGEF|G2GA Bdd2||
eg~g2 a2ba|gabg aged|eg~g2 a2ga|bgef ged2|
eg~g2 ag~g2|a2bg aged|eg~g2 a2ga|bgea gedB|

The Abbey Reel

Yet another interpretation of this little tune:

K: Ador
~A3B A2GE|A2GA BedB|~A3B AGEF|1 G2GA BedB:|2 G2GA Bddg||
eg~g2 a2ba|gabg aged|eg~g2 a2ga|bgaf gedg|
eg~g2 agbg|agbg aged|eggb a2ga|bgaf gedB||

This is mostly based on Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin’s duet playing, but I took the last two bars from Kevin Burke’s fiddle playing. I myself play a mixture of all the versions.

As I wrote somewhere before, Abbey is a placename in East Galway. Master fiddler Maeve Donnelly hails from there. Considering Paul McGrattan learned the tune from Mary MacNamara, I guess it was originally played around East Clare and East Galway. Well, it’s now popularised as one of Lunasa tunes all over the world though.

I remember Dervish recorded a completely different tune as "The Abbey Reel," but does anybody have another title for it?

The major version of Scotch Mary.

More specifically the tune Dervish play are the last 2 parts of Johnny Doherty’s 3 part version of Scotch Mary (see ‘The Northern Fiddler’, where it is listed under francie and Mickey Byrne)

I believe J. Doherty’s 3 part version of Scotch Mary is recorded on Altan’s "Runaway Sunday."

Can someone please transcribe the 3-parter?

Thanks.

My version

Here’s some of my variations:

A3 B A2 GE|~A3 G B (3ded B|A2 AB AGED|DEGA B (3ded B|
~A3 B A2 GE|A2 AG BddB|A3 B AGED|DEGA Bddg||
eg~g2 a2 ba|gabg ageg|degb a2 ga|bgaf gedg|
eg~g2 ag~g2|agbg ageg|degb a2 ga|(3bag af gedB||

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Recent Transcription

Picked this up at a recent session in O’Neills in NY. It has three nice variations on the B part.

X: 1
T: The Abbey Reel
T: Transcribed from an O’Neills Session , NY 11/12/07
M: 8/8
L: 1/8
Q: 400
R: Reel / Barn dance
K: Dmix
|: A3 (BA2) GE | A2 GABd3 | A3 (BA2) GE |GEDE GAdB :|
| efge a4 | gabg aged |efge a2ga | b2af fgfd |
| efge agbg | agbg ageg |d^deg a4 | agef gedc |
|: A3 (BA2) GE | A2 GABd3 | A3 (BA2) GE |GEDE GAdB :|
| efge a4 | gabg aged |efge a2ga | b2af fgfd |
| efge agbg | agbg ageg |dege a2ge | gfeg fdcB|
|: A3 (BA2) GE | A2 GABd3 | A3 (BA2) GE |GEDE GAdB :|
| efge a4 | gabg aged |efge a2ga | b2af fgfd |
| efge agbg | agbg ageg |dege a2ga | bgaf gedB|

Spillane version

X: 1
T: Abbey, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Ador
| A3B A2GE | A2GA BedB | A3B AGED | G3A BedB |
| A3B A2GE | A2GA BedB | AGAB AGED | G3A Bddg |
| eggg gaba | gabg aged | egg2 a2ga | bgef gedg |
eggg agbg | agbg aged | eggg gaga | bgef gedB |

The Abbey Reel

This tune appeared first in Breandán Breathnach’s ‘Tacar Port’ during the early sixties. It appears under the name ‘Ríl Roideacáin’ . Redican’s Reel. This would strongly suggest the tune was in fact composed by Larry Redican. There are other indications the tune came from the US: it has appeared several times as ‘The Irish American Reel’.

Breathnach’s source for the tune was accordeonplayer Sonny Brogan who was part of Seán O Riada’s Ceoloiri Cualann. The tune was a favourite of the members of the group and it was used in their performances in The Abbey Theatre in Dublin for which they named the tune.

Regarding the East Clare/Galway argument above : newly composed tunes were greatly popular in the areas, there were great pockets of Reavey, Redican and other ‘new’ tunes in the repertoire. One of Martin Rochford’s msot wellknown tunes, often named for him, was in fact a Larry Redican composition, ‘Forget Me Not’ .

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The Abbey Reel

The resemblance between the first part of the Abbey and the version of the Dusty Miller got from Colm O’ Cathain (and often played himself) is striking by the way. Leaves you wondering about a connection.

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do you mean something like this here great, ‘squared up’ version of the Dusty Miller, Prof? http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4323

The usual version (in 12/8) has an ascending 2nd part that the ‘squared up’ version hasn’t (retained), which is closer to the Abbey’s 2nd part…
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/28

Anyhow, I like all of these ‘angry’ or at least adamantine tunes; they’ve the sacred fire in them!

The Abbey Reel

The Abbey Reel is sometimes known as the American Reel as well.

The Abbey Reel

JACKB: the repeat signs at the start of each part shouldn’t be there.

The Abbey Reel

On their 1977 album The Branch Line, Jack and Charlie Coen play a setting of this tune under the name "The Pullet".