O’Rourke’s reel

Also known as O’Keefe’s, Rogue’s, The Westport Chorus, The Wild Irishman.

There are 139 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Maudabawn Chapel (lots of times), The Maid Behind The Bar (a few times), Johnny Leary’s (a few times).

O'Rourke's has been added to 296 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: O'Rourke's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:ed|cAeA fAeA| cAeA dfed| cAeA fAeA| fage d2:|
|ef| g2 fg e2 ef| gefd ea a2| gefd edcd| eage d2 ef|
g2 fg e2 ef| gefd ea a2|bgaf gfed| eaaf gfed|
ABC
X: 2
T: O'Rourke's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:ed|cAAe fded| cAeA dfed| cAAe fd (3Bcd| fage d2:|
g2fg ~e3f|gfed eaaf|gefd ed (3Bcd|fage d2ef|
g2fg ~e3f|gfed ea~a2|bgaf gfed|eaag aged||
ABC
X: 3
T: O'Rourke's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:ed|cAAe fded| cAeA dfed| cAAe fd (3Bcd| fage d2 ed|
cAAe fded| cAeA dfed| cAAe fd (3Bcd| fage d2 ef||
|:g2fg e3f|gfed eaaf|gefd ed (3Bcd|fage d2ef|
g2fg e3f|gfed ea a2|bgaf gfed|eaaf gfed||
# Added by JACKB .
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Fifteen comments

This is a fast paced tune with a Donegal/Scottish feel to it.

I find that triplets are the most effective way of adding "lift" to this tune.

So, so far I’ve found two different tunes called Within A Mile of Dublin. They bear no real resemblance to each other,and we can find recordings of both tunes bearing the same name. (Na Connery’s and the Chieftans call this one Within a Mile of Dublin, the latter recording it on "Water From the Well", Paddy Keenan calls it O’Rourke’s. However, the Chieftans play BOTH the reels together and call them both O’Rourke’s on their second album.)

We asked a recent immigrant from Dublin/Galway about the tunes, and he said he plays both of them, and that they’re both called Within A Mile of Dublin. I’m going to ask Kevin Glackin about it when he gets here in a couple of days, but does anyone have any other clues?

Zina

Actually the Chieftains call this tune O’Keefe’s on their Irish Evening cd. Also, on Water from the Well, they play Within A Mile of Dublin the correct way. There is only one.

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You do like absolutes, don’t you SPeak? *grin* According to Eoin O’Riabhaigh (I asked him shortly after that post), they’re both called Within a Mile of Dublin, and he said it’s not all that important what they’re called anyway, so long as you can play the damn thing. Which is probably why the Chieftains let the name wander about as well.

zls

This tune is linked from Larry Nugent’s Two for Two, but it’s not the Within a Mile of Dublin on the recording.

O’Rourke’s

I learned this from a Boys of the Lough LP. tThey called it "The Wild Irishman" just to confuse matters. And it would confuse matters to add this name to the details, I think.

Dawn In The Hills Of Ireland

How can I purchase the CD featuring Marty O’Keefe reciting DAWN IN THE HILLS OF IRELAND?

Patricia Lodes
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Confusion between Wild Irishman and O’Rourke’s

It seems that the confusion is maintained by many. Paddy Glackin on In Full Spate (Rabharta Ceoil) (1991) calls it The Wild Irishman, and so does James Kelly on Traditional Irish Music (1996).
I believe possible the confusion originates from the Music From The Coleman Country recording where the two reels form a medley - played by Fred Finn, Peter Horan and many others - but the sleeve only mentionned The Wild Irishman.

There shouldn’t be any confusion as the one here is positively O’Rourkes (this is notated in David Lyth’s Book 1) while the Wild Irishman is the one that follows it (F3E DFAF …)

I found the Wild Irishman with some difficulty (in fact I thought it wasn’t here and was going to post it) titled the Cat on the Roof. The tune which is at http://www.thesession.org/tunes/844 is also known as the Irish Girl or occasionally as the Daisy Field (none of your Gan Ainms here - 3 for the price of one!).

Paddy Keenan´s version (aprox.)

X: 45
T:O’Rourke’s Reel
R:reel
H: See also "Westport Chorus", #331
Z:id:hn-reel-245
M:C|
K:Amix
|:ed|cAAe fded| cAeA dfed| cAAe fd (3Bcd| fage d2:|
g2fg ~e3f|gfed eaaf|gefd ed (3Bcd|fage d2ef|
g2fg ~e3f|gfed ea~a2|bgaf gfed|eaag aged||

They misprinted the label

A knowledgeable person told me that Michael Coleman recorded "The Wild Irishman" and "O’Rourkes" but the printers got the names mixed up. Hence the ambiguity.