The Irish Girl reel

Also known as The Bright Lady, Daisy Field, The Daisy Fields, The Glenties, The Irish Girl’s Highland Fling, Pairc Na Noinini, The Wild Irishman.

There are 102 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Musical Priest (lots of times), Maudabawn Chapel (lots of times), O’Rourke’s (a few times), The Boys Of Malin (a few times).

The Irish Girl has been added to 84 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Irish Girl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: ~F2FE DEFD | EG,G,G, EG, (3G,G,G, | F2FE DEFA | (3Bcd ec dBAG |
~F2FE DEFD | EG,G,G, EG~G2 | F2FE DEFA | cdec d3e :|
|:fd~d2 dfaf | edcd efge | fddc dfaf | gfeg fd (3ddd |
fddc df~a2 | edcd efge | dfaf ~g2ag | faeg fdd2 :|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Irish Girl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~F2 FE DEFD | EA,A,A, EA, A,/A,/A, | F2 FE DEFA | B/c/d ec dBAG |
~F3 E DEFD | EA,A,A, EA ~A2 | F2 FE DEFA | cdec d3 e ||
fd ~d2 dfaf | edcd efge | fddc dfaf | gfeg fd d/d/d |
fddc df ~a2 | edcd efge | dfaf ~g2 ag | faeg fd d2 |]
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X: 3
T: The Irish Girl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: F2FE DEFD | EG G2 EG G2 | F2FE DEFA | (3Bcd ec dBAG |
F2FE DEFD | EG G2 EG G2 | F2FE DEFA | cdec d3e :|
|:fd d2 dfaf | edcd efge | fddc dfaf | gfeg fd (3ddd |
fddc df a2 | edcd efge | dfaf g2ag | faeg fdd2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
ABC
X: 4
T: The Irish Girl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AG|FGAF DEFD|EA A2 ABAG|FGAF DEFA|(3Bcd ec dBAG|
F3A D3F|EA A2 ABAG|FD D2 DEFA|(3Bcd ec d2||
|:g|fddc dfaf|edcd efge|fddc dfag|fgeg fdde|
fddc dfaf|edcd efge|fdef gbag|fdec dBAG||
# Added by JACKB .
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Eight comments

The Cat on the Roof

Other names for this tune are "The Irish Girl" or "The Wild Irishman"- it goes nicely after O’Rourke’s reel "d|cBA eA fAeA| cBA ec dfed|cA AAA fd ddd|fage dfed| etc". The tune would have been part of the repertoire of the great Sligo fiddlers Michael Coleman and James Morrison in the early part of the 20th century.

Wild Irishman

shouldn’t those be A,’s & not G,’s? in the second measure or am I thinking of another tune?

I keep scratching my head as well

This not the Wild Irishman that I know so that doesn’t help with my quandry. I know that I have played this tune before - somewhere. It’s quite distinctive. The only differences are the g’s versus the a’s that Brad pointed.

The Cat on the Roof (The Irish Girl)

Both James Morrison and Packie Dolan (who recorded this tune as "The Irish Girl" in the ’20s and ’30s) played A’s instead of G’s in the second measure. O’Neill’s "1001", in which it is called "The Daisy Field", also shows A’s instead of G’s, but as written out rolls.

Interestingly, Morrison and Dolan both played the tune without repeats, and this is how it is also presented in O’Neill. So in those days each half was 4 measures repeated. Perhaps it is the modern custom to double the length of these older shorter tunes and turn them into two repeated 8-measure sections - I can’t think of a good reason why.

In O’Neill, the "Wild Irishman" is known as "Boil the Breakfast Early". Perhaps the name "Wild Irishman" applied to this tune is a spurious one-off; or possibly the result of some confusion along the line, which
could have arisen out of a (very) broad general similarity between the second parts of "Boil the Breakfast Early" and this tune.

“The Irish Girl” ~ single reel, 16 bars ~ and it makes a damned nice fling too

Donegal fiddler Danny O’Donnell also playe A, and not G, ~ and without repeats. It’s a ‘single reel’, not a double reel, and it makes a damned nice highland fling too… ;-)

“The Cat On The Roof” ~ this transcription corrected ~

~ to a single reel, & changing those Gs to As ~

X: 1
T: Cat On The Roof, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
~F2 FE DEFD | EA,A,A, EA, A,/A,/A, | F2 FE DEFA | B/c/d ec dBAG |
~F3 E DEFD | EA,A,A, EA ~A2 | F2 FE DEFA | cdec d3 e ||
fd ~d2 dfaf | edcd efge | fddc dfaf | gfeg fd d/d/d |
fddc df ~a2 | edcd efge | dfaf ~g2 ag | faeg fd d2 |]

Liam O’Flynn Version

This is the reel Liam O’Flynn calls O’Rourtke’s on his CD The Given Note.

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