Mulqueen’s reel

Also known as Charlie Harris’, Charlie Harris’s, Free And Easy, Kerry Lasses, Moneen, Mulqueeny’s, Spindle Shanks, The Spindle’s Shank, The United.

There are 48 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Ivy Leaf (a few times), Jessica’s (a few times).

Mulqueen's has been added to 269 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Mulqueen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|F2 EG FDDG|FDAG FDDE|F2 EG FDDG|FABc dBAG|
F2 EG FDDG|FDAG FDDE|F2 EG FDDG|FABc d2 cd|
|e4 efed|cdef g2 fg|a2e2 efed|cABc d2 cd|
e2 e2 efed|cdef g2 fg|a2f2 g2 e2|dfec dBAG|
ABC
X: 2
T: Mulqueen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| B2 Ac BG G2 | BGdG BG G2 | B2 Ac BGG2 | Bdef gedc
| B2 Ac BG G2 | BGdG BG G2 | B2 Ac BGG2 | Bdef g2 fg |
a2 ag a2 ag | fgab c'2 bc' | a2 ag abag | fdef g2 fg |
a2 ag a2 ag | fgab c'2 bc' | d'b b2 c'a a2 | gbaf gedc |
# Added by Kenny .
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X: 3
T: Mulqueen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F2 EG FDDE|FDAG FDDE|F2 EG FDDE|FABc dBAG|
F2 EG FDDE|FDAG FD (3FFF|F2 EG FDDE|FABc d2 cd||
e2 {ef}ef efed|cdef g2 fg|e2 {ef}ef efed|cABc d2 cd|
e2 {ef}ef efed|cdef gefg|a~f3 g~e3|dfec dBAG||
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X: 4
T: Mulqueen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE | FE (3EEE FDDE- | EFFA dABA | FE (3EEE FDDE | FAef dBAG |
| FE (3EEE FDDE- | EFFA dABA | FE (3EEE FDDE | FAef dBAd ||
|Be (3eee e2 ed | (3Bcd ef gfed | (3Bcd ef {f}g2 gd | B3 c dBAd | Beed
|efed | (3Bcd ef {f}g2 fg | afge dfec | Bgec dBAG||
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X: 5
T: Mulqueen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| F2 EG FDDE | FGAG FDDE | F2 EG FDED | FABc dBAG |
F2 EG FDDG | FDAG FDDE | F2 EG FDED | FABc d2 cd ||
| e3 e- efed | cdef g2 fg |e3e- efed | cABc d2 cd |
deee efed | cdef g2 fg | afff geee | dfec dBAG ||
ABC
X: 6
T: Mulqueen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F2 EG FD D2|FDAD FD D2|F2 EG FD D2|(3FGA Bc dBAG|
F2 EG FD D2|FDAD FD D2|F2 EG FD D2|(3FGA Bc d2 cd||
|:e2 ed e3d |cdef gfed|e2 ed e3d|cABc d2 cd|
e2 ed e3d|cdef g2 fg|af3 ge3|dfed cAGE||
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Thirteen comments

The first part of this tune is a finger twister (like a tongue twister but you have to play it, not say it). Your fingers don’t have to move very far and that’s probably what makes it so tricky.

The real fun begins in the second part. While the first part is played low with lots of quick notes, the second part takes with high notes that can be held for quite a while.

If you play fiddle, try turning the long E note at the start of the second part into a half-chord by playing the open A string as well. I can’t really refer to this as a double-stop because you’re not stopping any strings. You’ll find this playing of two open strings held for half a bar a lot of fun when tune is swinging away at a good session speed.

The last phrase can also be played a number of different ways. Try lengthening the A and G notes, thereby shortening the F sharp and E notes, and vise-versa.

Mulqueen’s in G

Someone requested this tune last week, but Jeremy had already posted it himself. His version, in D is, I think, the more common version played these days, but I have a feeling it was originally in G. According to sleeve notes from the "Castle Ceili Band" who recorded it on a Comhaltas LP,this tune is associated with the North Clare tradition. Recorded in this key by Conal O’Grada and Cathal McConnell (among others). Here’s the abc :

| B2 Ac BG G2 | BGdG BG G2 | B2 Ac BGG2 | Bdef gedc
| B2 Ac BG G2 | BGdG BG G2 | B2 Ac BGG2 | Bdef g2 fg |
a2 ag a2 ag | fgab c’2 bc’ | a2 ag abag | fdef g2 fg |
a2 ag a2 ag | fgab c’2 bc’ | d’b b2 c’a a2 | gbaf gedc |

Good luck with the high notes !

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Thanks for the info Kenny. Looks like it got changed to D because the high C’s were a bit much. I’m alright on my concertina - it involves only about a millimetre’s extra stretch!

This is a great tune which is also called "free and easy" and the "kerry lasses". It may have originally come via the whistling of Jimmie Ward from Miltown Malbay. Jackie Daly plays a nice arrangement on the Patrick Street - street life album:

F2 EG FDDE|FDAG FDDE|F2 EG FDDE|FABc dBAG|
F2 EG FDDE|FDAG FD (3FFF|F2 EG FDDE|FABc d2 cd||
e2 {ef}ef efed|cdef g2 fg|e2 {ef}ef efed|cABc d2 cd|
e2 {ef}ef efed|cdef gefg|a~f3 g~e3|dfec dBAG||

Almost all the F2 and E2 notes are played Fz and Ez by him, which seems to help bring bounce and lift to the tune. He plays it in a set following King of the Pipers (the Franc A’Phoill version) and follows it with the "house on the hill", which is another great tune!

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Oh, and JC’s abc site lists "Free and Easy" as from O’Neills

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Another version

Here’s another setting from the Boston-based band, The Magic Square. Dfifferent approach than anything else I’ve heard on this.

X: 1
T: Mulqueen’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
D: The Magic Square
K: D maj
DE | FE (3EEE FDDE- | EFFA dABA | FE (3EEE FDDE | FAef dBAG |
| FE (3EEE FDDE- | EFFA dABA | FE (3EEE FDDE | FAef dBAd ||
|Be (3eee e2 ed | (3Bcd ef gfed | (3Bcd ef {f}g2 gd | B3 c dBAd | Beed
|efed | (3Bcd ef {f}g2 fg | afge dfec | Bgec dBAG||

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From the sleeve notes of Frankie Gavin’s album Fierce Traditional, this is a tune found in O’Neill, from the playing of Jeremiah Breen, a blind north kerry fiddler. First published in 1922. Mr Gavin plays it through by itself several times varying the ornamentation on the long notes in the second part, and it sounds like one of those loopy tunes that can go on for ever - I love it!

The United Reel

The Kings River Band recorded this tune as The United Reel.

Open House

This tune is played beautifully by Kevin Burke on the self-titled Open House CD (track 7). They didn’t know the name, and it is listed in the track listing as untitled.

Mulqueen’s

Great tune! Got reminded of it today listening to Kevin Burke. This is how we used to play it, roughly based on Burke’s version…

X: 1
T: Mulqueen’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
| F2 EG FDDE | FGAG FDDE | F2 EG FDED | FABc dBAG |
F2 EG FDDG | FDAG FDDE | F2 EG FDED | FABc d2 cd ||
| e3 e- efed | cdef g2 fg |e3e- efed | cABc d2 cd |
deee efed | cdef g2 fg | afff geee | dfec dBAG ||

Mulqueen’s

Does anybody know if Altan have ever recorded this tune?

Mulqeueen’s - Altan

Not that I recall, but I don’t have many of their recent recordings. Look at the "Recordings of this tune" list, or go to the recordings section - which is fairly complete for the works of "Altan" - and go through the track listings.

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