The Killavil Fancy reel

Also known as Eilish Brogan, The Farewell, Killaval, The Killavel Fancy, Killavil House, The Killavil, Mayes’ Cross, Ryan’s Reel No. 1, The Ten Pound Float.

There are 102 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Killavil Fancy has been added to 178 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Killavil Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: DGBG A2BA | GE~E2 cEGE | DGBG A2BA | GE{G}ED EFGA |
B2Bd A2BA | GE~E2 cEGE | DGBG A2BA | GE{G}ED E~E2D :|
|: GABd efge | dB~B2 dBAB | GABd efge | dBAG EG{A}GF |
GABd efge | dB~B2 d2ga | bgag egde | gedB AGEG :|
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X: 2
T: The Killavil Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGBG A2BA|GE~E2 cEGE|DGBG ~A3B|GEFD EGGA|
~B3d ~A3F|GE~E2 cEGE|DGBG ~A3B|GEED EGGD||
G2Bd efge|dBAB dBAB|G2Bd efge|dBAG EGGD|
G2Bd efge|dB~B2 dega|(3bag ag egde|gedB AGED||
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X: 3
T: The Killavil Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: DBBG AGBA | GEED cABG | DGBG ~A3B | GEED EFGA |
~B2dB ~A2BA | GE~E2 c2BG | DBBG A2BA | GEED E~E2D |
|: GABd edge | dB~B2 dBAB | GABd ~e2ge | dBAG E~G3 |
GA (3B/c/d/ egge | dB~B2 dega | (3b/g/a/ ag egdg | gedB AGEG |
ABC
X: 4
T: The Killavil Fancy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGBG A2BA|GE E2 cEGE|DGBG A2BA|GEED EGGA|
B3G A2BA|GE E2 cEGE|DGBG A2BA|GEED EGGD||
|:G2(3Bcd egge|dB B2 dBAB|G2(3Bcd egge|dBAG EGGD|
G2(3Bcd egge|dB B2 dega|bgag egde|gedB AGEG||
|:DGBG A2BA|GE E2 cEGE|DEGB AGBA|GEED EGGA|
B3d A2BA|GE E2 cEGE|DGBG A2BA|GEED EGGD||
|:G2(3Bcd egge|dB B2 dBAB|G2(3Bcd egge|dBAG EGDE|
G2(3Bcd egge|dB B2 dega|bgag egde|gedB AGED||
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Eighteen comments

Nice

Lovely tune. This is a really nice setting, too.

Nice one, Josh.

Thank you kindly! Most of my family comes From Killavil in Co. Sligo, so it sort of has a sentimental value as well :-) .

The Ten Pound Float

This has an alternate name in Bulmer & Sharpley’s, The "Ten Pound Float" good tune

This is a particularly nice setting, but isn’t it usually played as a single reel w/o repeats?

The Killavil Fancy: Single or Double?

This tune is played as a single reel in the session I regularly attend, but Mike Rafferty and Willie Kelly recorded it as a double. I wonder if it’s commonly played as a double in some places.

By the way, this is not a composition of William Marshall. He wrote a slow tune called the Farewell March, but this is obviously a reel.

I’ve played it both ways at different sessions. Locally, we usually play it double—more opportunities for variations.

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Thanks Will. I thought it’s rarely played as a single judging from Dow’s comment above and what I regularly hear and play in the session here.

Just learnt this tune today from a banjo player down at the local session. I had recorded him about a fornight ago but decided I’d learn it today. He gave me the name "Killavil House".

Nobody else calls it that way.

hhmm. I never heard the tune played anywhere since I recorded him so wouldn’t know the popular name for it but I’ll ask him where he got the name for it next time I see him. Maybe I heard him wrong.

I believe "fancy" was simply confused with "house".

The Farewell Reel

This tune is recorded on Out of Ireland. I just read a quote from Mick Moloney in which he says he learned the tune from Tom Byrne, a flute player from Sligo, who used to play it himself at American wakes. It is played a a double, with a variation in the "a" part, when played slowly on this recording, which is how I play it…But, of course, I speed it up a bit…Unless I wish to play it as a sort of air. It’s a wonderfully versatile tune.

Paddy Keenan´s version (aprox.)

X: 1
T:Killavil Fancy, The
T:Eilish Brogan
T:Ten Pound Float, The
R:reel
D:Music at Matt Molloy’s
D:Frankie Gavin & Alec Finn
Z:Sometimes played doubled.
Z:id:hn-reel-101
M:C|
K:G
DGBG A2BA|GE~E2 cEGE|DGBG ~A3B|GEFD EGGA|
~B3d ~A3F|GE~E2 cEGE|DGBG ~A3B|GEED EGGD||
G2Bd efge|dBAB dBAB|G2Bd efge|dBAG EGGD|
G2Bd efge|dB~B2 dega|(3bag ag egde|gedB AGED||

My own setting

This is more or less how I play the tune, but this is one of those nice little melodies that offers lots of opportunities for variation. I’m not sure if I ever even play it the same way twice!

X: 1
T: Killavil Fancy, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
|: DBBG AGBA | GEED cABG | DGBG ~A3B | GEED EFGA |
~B2dB ~A2BA | GE~E2 c2BG | DBBG A2BA | GEED E~E2D |
|: GABd edge | dB~B2 dBAB | GABd ~e2ge | dBAG E~G3 |
GA (3B/c/d/ egge | dB~B2 dega | (3b/g/a/ ag egdg | gedB AGEG |

Farewell

Lovely slow reel.

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