Dan Breen’s reel

Also known as Biddy Early’s, Breen’s, Connie O’Connell’s, West Clare.

There are 68 recordings of a tune by this name.

Dan Breen's has been added to 276 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Dan Breen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bd|{ef}e2 dB ABAG|EA{B}AG{AB}A2 gf|{ef}e2 dB ABAG|EGGF G2:|
|:Bd|{ef}e2 ge edBd|eA (3AAA eABd|{ef}e2 ge edBA|(3B^cd ef g2:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Dan Breen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
egdB A2AG|EA~A2 ABcd|e2dB ABAG|EGGF GABd:|
e2ge edBd|eA~A2 eA~A2|e2ge edBd|d2ef g2fg:|
ABC
X: 3
T: Dan Breen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: egdB A2 AG | EA AG A2 Bd | egdB A2 AG | EGGF G2 Bd :|
|: e2 eg edBd | eA A2 AG Bd | e2 eg edBe |1 d2 ef g2 fg :|2 dg ed gb fg :|
ABC
X: 4
T: Dan Breen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
~e2 dB ~A3 G | EAAG ~A2 Bd | ~e2 dB ~A3 G | EGGF ~G2 :|
~e3 d edBd | eaag ea ~a2 | ~e3 d edBd | (3Bcd ef g2 :|
ABC
X: 5
T: Dan Breen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: f2 ec ~B3 A | FB (3BBB Bcde | f2 ed ~B3 A | EA (3AAA ABce :|
|: ~f3 f fece | fB (3BBB fece | ~f3 f fece | (3ffe ge a z e2 :|
ABC
X: 6
T: Dan Breen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bd|e2 dB ABAG|EAAG A2 gf|e3d ABAG|EGGF G2 (3Bcd|
e3d A3G|EAAG A2 gf|e2 dB A3G|EGGF G2 (3Bcd||
|:e2 geed (3Bcd|eA A2 eABd|e2 ge edBA|(3B^cd ef g2 (3Bcd|
e2 geed (3Bcd|eA A2 EABd|e2 ge edBA|(3B^cd ef g2 (3Bcd||
# Added by JACKB .
ABC
X: 7
T: Dan Breen's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~e2 dB ABAG | EA~A2 EA (3Bcd | dedB ABAG | EGGF GA (3Bcd
~e2 dB ABAG | EA~A2 EA (3Bcd | (3efe dB ABAG | EGGF G2 (3Bcd :|
~e3 g ed (3Bcd | ea~a2 ed (3Bcd | ~e2 ge edBa | (3Bcd ef g2fg
~e3 g ed (3Bcd | ea~a2 ed (3Bcd | ~e2 ge edBa | (3Bcd ef g2 :|
ABC

Twenty-two comments

Dan Breen’s

Learned from Noel Hill at his Irish Concertina School Midwest in Cincinnati, OH August 2002. Noel plays this with a heavily dotted rhythm, almost like a hornpipe.

Also “West Clare Reel”

I believe this shows up on Flook’s Flatfish album as "West Clare Reel" as well. It’s the second tune in the "Eb Reels" set.

Also, on the MadForTrad.com Whistle tutorial, with Brian Finnegan, it’s the first tune he plays as his "performance" part of the "About the Tutor" section.

Also very similar to the West Clare Reel in D minor as played by Martin Hayes on his cd Under the Moon.

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Dan Breen’s Reel

This is my favourite tune at the moment. What a simple, mighty reel! I learned a version of the tune in West Clare a couple of weeks ago and changed it a little referring to Catherine and John McEvoy’s flute and fiddle duet playing. My version goes like this:

K: Ador
egdB A2AG|EA~A2 ABcd|e2dB ABAG|EGGF GABd:|
e2ge edBd|eA~A2 eA~A2|e2ge edBd|d2ef g2fg:|

There’re numerous possibilities for variations. For example, we may play eBdB instead of egdB or e2dB just like Catherine and John do. I like their variation on the second bar of the second part: they play |ea~a2 ea~a2| when they repeat the second half of the tune.

West Clare Reel

Isn’t "The West Clare" following "Dan Breen’s" on Catherine and John’s recording? Does anyone have the abcs for that tune?

The West Clare

Hold on, it’s on Maeve Donnelly’s recording, "The Thing Itself." Does anyone have the abcs anyway?

West Clares plural

There would appear to be more than 1 reel called "The West Clare". The tune by that name on the Donnelly/O’Loughlin recording is "A Fair Wind", which is closely related to "Rip The Calico".

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A Fair Wind

You mean that’s the real name of that tune on Meave and Peadar’s CD, Kenny? Do you have the abcs man?

A Fair Wind

I just found it in the tunes section, but I’m wondering is it Peadar’s setting or not.

A Fair Wind

I’ll try to check it out for you tonight ,Jack.

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The/A Fair Wind

The reel played after “Dan Breen’s” which is listed as “The West Clare” reel is indeed the one I know as “A Fair Wind”. The sleeve notes to the Donnelly/O’Loughlin recording state that Seamus Ennis knew it as “A Fair Wind”, and it is also in one of Breandan Breathnach’s books by that name. In the comments to this tune as posted here, gian marco’s abcs are more the way I play it than the version in the “dots”. The same reel has also been posted as “The Fair Wind”, but in the key of “A”.

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Dan Breen Set

Great link, thanks for posting it!
Lesl

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Dervish “Spirit” - Kevin Burke’s

This tune is also known as Kevin Burke’s on Dervish’s "Spirit" album. Here is a simplified transcription of their arrangement w/o any ornamentation:

X: 1
T:Kevin Burke’s Reel
M:C|
L:1/8
R:Reel
K:ADor
|: egdB A2 AG | EA AG A2 Bd | egdB A2 AG | EGGF G2 Bd :|
|: e2 eg edBd | eA A2 AG Bd | e2 eg edBe |1 d2 ef g2 fg :|2 dg ed gb fg :|

“Dan Breen’s” ~ back from the future…

Submitted (as a ‘Gan Ainm’) on June 16th 2006 by PaddyCmusic.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/5868

K: A Dorian
|: Bd |
~e2 dB ~A3 G | EAAG ~A2 Bd | ~e2 dB ~A3 G | EGGF ~G2 :|
|: Bd |
~e3 d edBd | eaag ea ~a2 | ~e3 d edBd | (3Bcd ef g2 :|

It resolves not on the final g2 of bar 8 of the B-part, but on either an e, the dominant of A Dorian, or on A… Classic would be to catch the e and then drop down to the A…

I like Ed Boyds guitar sound when going into this tune. I believe he’s in DADGAD but not quite sure of capo positon. Someone has said capo 3.

One might want to move from ‘the West Clare reel’ to ‘The West Clare Railway’ http://www.thesession.org/tunes/10091
I like the abrupt drop this set creates; though the shared key, mode and meter makes the two reels perhaps sound too similar for contrast (if contrast is what is sought)

A major version from Gabe McVarish

X:1
T:Brian Finnegan’s
S:Gabe McVarish. Fiddle Workshop. Skye. July 2004.
M:4/4
R:Reel
K:A
|: f2 ec ~B3 A | FB (3BBB Bcde | f2 ed ~B3 A | EA (3AAA ABce :|
|: ~f3 f fece | fB (3BBB fece | ~f3 f fece | (3ffe ge a z e2 :|

^ with the Vallely Brothers & Tiarnan O Duinnchinn

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