Ben Hill reel

Also known as Father Kelly’s, Father Kelly’s No. 2, Father Kelly’s Number Two, Fr. Kelly’s, Fr. Kelly’s No. 2.

There are 64 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Cooley’s (a few times), The Silver Spear (a few times), Father Kelly’s (a few times).

Ben Hill has been added to 99 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Ben Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:BddB cBAF|G2BG DGBG|AGAB cBAG|EAAG ABce|
d2Bd cBAF|G2BG DGBG|AGAB cdef|gedc BGG2:|
|:dggf gfed|eaa^g a=gfg|fdad bdad|gfge dcBc|
dggf gfed|eaa^g a=gef|g3e dcBc|dBcA BGG2:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Ben Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: GA | ~B2GB AGEG | DGGF G2AB | c2Ac BAGF | EAAG FDGA |
| B2GB AGEG | DGGF GABc | (3dedBd gdBd |1 cAFA G2 :|2 cAFA GABc |
|: (3dedBd gdBd |(3dedBd gd(3Bcd | e2ce agfe | defg agfe |
| (3dedBd gdBd |(3dedBd gdBd | c2Ac BAGB |1 AGFA GABc :|2 AGFA G2 |
ABC
X: 3
T: Ben Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dedB cBAB|G2 (3BAG DG (3BAG|AGAB cBAG|EAAG ABce|
dedB cBAB|G2 (3BAG DG (3BAG|AGAB cdef|gdcA BGGB:|
|:dggf edBd|eaab ageg|fdad bdad|g3e dcBc|
dggf gdBd|eaab agef|g3e dcBc|dBcA BGGB:|
ABC
X: 4
T: Ben Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~d3 B cBAB | G2 .B/.B/G DGBG | AAAB cBAG | EA .A/.A/A ABcA |
~d3 B cBAB | GABG DGBG | AAAB cdeg | fdcA BGGB :|
dg({a}g)f gedg | ea ~a2 ({b}a)geg | fd .d/.d/d bdad | gfge dcBc |
dg({a}g)f gedg | ea ~a2 ({b}a)geg | (f/g/a) eg fdcA | GBAF DGGB |
dg({a}g)f gedg | ea ~a2 ({b}a)geg | fd .d/.d/d bdad | gfge dcBc |
~d3 (g {a}g)edg | ea ~a2 ({b}a)geg | (f/g/a) eg fdcA | GBAF DG G2 ||
ABC

Eleven comments

Father Kelly’s No. 2

I heard this tune on Clare FM, played by John Canny, Kevin Carey, and Terence O’Reilly, from their Suantrai CD. It was announced as simply "Father Kelly’s" but it’s clearly not the more familiar session reel by that name. I believe it’s listed in a couple of tune compilations as Fr. Kelly’s No. 2. Canny and company recorded it in Fmajor, but I’ve transcribed it here in G. It doesn’t seem to have been recorded much.

Ben Hill

Nice archive link. It’s always good to hear a composer play his own composition, and here we get not only Ben Hill, but Rossmore Jetty (aka Fr. Kelly’s No. 1). And thanks for putting a proper name on this tune. When a composer goes to the trouble of naming a tune, I like to use that name. As Fr. Kelly explains, he composed Ben Hill in 1960, and named it for a hill outside Woodford, on the way to Loughrea. Aggie Whyte and her husband lived near the bottom of it.

Different tune:-()

I know a tune an the name of it is father kellys but its not this1!!!!!:-():-():-():-():-()

He was a prolific composer, and this is just one of many his compositions.

Another Father Kellys?

X:1
K:G
Q:175
|: GA | ~B2GB AGEG | DGGF G2AB | c2Ac BAGF | EAAG FDGA |
| B2GB AGEG | DGGF GABc | (3dedBd gdBd |1 cAFA G2 :|2 cAFA GABc |
|: (3dedBd gdBd |(3dedBd gd(3Bcd | e2ce agfe | defg agfe |
| (3dedBd gdBd |(3dedBd gdBd | c2Ac BAGB |1 AGFA GABc :|2 AGFA G2 |

Ben Hill

Here’s a version I picked up at a session:

X: 1
T: Ben Hill
C: Father Kelly
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
dedB cBAB|G2 (3BAG DG (3BAG|AGAB cBAG|EAAG ABce|
dedB cBAB|G2 (3BAG DG (3BAG|AGAB cdef|gdcA BGGB:|
|:dggf edBd|eaab ageg|fdad bdad|g3e dcBc|
dggf gdBd|eaab agef|g3e dcBc|dBcA BGGB:|

Father Kelly’s , Chicago-Style…

Got this lovely setting from from a recording of John McGreevy & Seamus Cooley (Joe’s brother, the fluter). Fiddlers take note; the "AAAB" figure at the beginning of measures 3 & 7 is actually a neat sonic trick done with unison notes on adjacent strings. The first A note is the open A string, followed by a 4th finger A note on the D string, then open A once more & you’re on your way. If your 4th finger A note isn’t perfectly in tune, don’t panic; SLIGHT out-of-tune-ness is actually what makes this trick work. If it doesn’t work for you (or you don’t like it), stick a "G#" or a "G" in between those other 2 "A’s". Enough talk, here it is:

X:1
T:Ben Hill
C:Father P.J. Kelly
S:John McGreevy & Seamus Cooley-"McGreevy & Cooley"
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:G
~d3 B cBAB | G2 .B/.B/G DGBG | AAAB cBAG | EA .A/.A/A ABcA |
~d3 B cBAB | GABG DGBG | AAAB cdeg | fdcA BGGB :|
dg({a}g)f gedg | ea ~a2 ({b}a)geg | fd .d/.d/d bdad | gfge dcBc |
dg({a}g)f gedg | ea ~a2 ({b}a)geg | (f/g/a) eg fdcA | GBAF DGGB |
dg({a}g)f gedg | ea ~a2 ({b}a)geg | fd .d/.d/d bdad | gfge dcBc |
~d3 (g {a}g)edg | ea ~a2 ({b}a)geg | (f/g/a) eg fdcA | GBAF DG G2 ||

Lastly (and most importantly) HAVE FUN!

A different title

In her 2004 tunebook "A Drop in the Ocean", Josephine Keegan calls this tune Paddy O’Brien’s Favorite.

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