Dillon Brown reel

Also known as Dillon Brown’s.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

Dillon Brown has been added to 25 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Dillon Brown
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGAG EGDG | BGAG cedc | BGAG EGDE | GBAG EGG2 :|
Bddf egdc | Bddf efg2 | Bddf egdc | BGAG EGG2 |
Bddf egdc | Bddf efg2 | gfge dcBd | cABG EGG2 ||
ABC
X: 2
T: Dillon Brown
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGAG EGDG | BGAB cedc | BGAG EGDE | GBAG EG~G2 :|
Bddg efdc | Bddg eg~g2 | Bddg efdB | cABG EGG2 |
Bddg efdc | Bddg eg~g2 | bage d2Bd | cABG EGG2 ||
ABC
X: 3
T: Dillon Brown
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGAG EGDG|BGAB cedc|BGAG EGDE|GBAG EG~G2|
GBAG EGDG|BGAB cedc|BGAG EGDE|GBAG EG~G2||
~B3d edgd|edgd eggd|~B3d edgd|cABG EG~G2|
~B3d edgd|edgd egga|bage dgBd|cABG EG~G2||
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Seven comments

Dillon Brown

I first heard this one while I was a student living in Portrush/NI. Years later I found it in a dance tune collection in a Hamburg library. I also found exactly the same in the JC tunefinder. I am aware that there are some similarities with "The Mountain Top", still I think it is a different tune. If someone knows this one under a really different title, I´d be happy to learn. The same goes for recordings.

Here is Mick O’Brien and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh’s version from Kitty Lie Over - just a few notes different from the one posted.

M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
BGAG EGDG | BGAG cedc | BGAG EGDE | GBAG EG~G2 :|
Bddg efdc | Bddg eg~g2 | Bddf efdB | cABG EGG2 |
Bddg efdc | Bddg eg~g2 | bage d2Bd | cABG EGG2 ||

BTW, for consistency’s sake, the two G2s in bars 8 &12 of the O’Brien & O’Raghallaigh version should have had ~s before them.

But, because of where they fall in the tune, the rolls could just as well be omitted altogether.

Another thing - they play it together on two B whistles, so it actually sounds in E.

Dillon Brown

Kevin O’Reilly writes: "Willie Clancy played this beautiful version of The Mountain Top for a collector called Chris Delaney in the early 1970s (you can get copies of his tapes from the University of North Carolina in America). Peter Laban found it in O’Neill’s 1001 #527 with the name Dillon Brown. I know of two recent recordings of it - Enda Ó Catháin’s fine CD Ó inné go inniú (under the title Willie Clancy’s), and the McCarthy’s on The Family Album."

Dillon Brown

Here’s a nice version of the tune from the box playing of Peter Carberry:

BGAG EGDG|BGAB cedc|BGAG EGDE|GBAG EG~G2|
GBAG EGDG|BGAB cedc|BGAG EGDE|GBAG EG~G2||
~B3d edgd|edgd eggd|~B3d edgd|cABG EG~G2|
~B3d edgd|edgd egga|bage dgBd|cABG EG~G2||

He cites the late Mayo box / flute player Dermot Grogan as the source. It’s very similar to Willie Clancy’s version of it transcribed above.