Ed Reavy Tune Recommendations

Ed Reavy Tune Recommendations

I am looking for recommendations of Ed Reavy tunes to learn, considering I am particularly fond of the handful of his compositions I already know. I’d be most interested in his more well-known tunes that would be played at sessions, though I’ll take any recommendations, so long as they’re good! :-)

One source I’d run across for his tunes was this CD (http://www.amazon.com/Music-Ed-Reavy/dp/B000059T0R/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1265054000&sr=8-1), though I’m not sure if these selections are well-known or not. And of course, there’s also the ABC file of all of his compositions over at http://www.reavy.us/Reavycom.abc

Anyway, if you all wouldn’t sending me your recommendations, I would appreciate it. FYI, I already know Hunter’s House and Love at the Endings, and am planning on learning High Hill.

— David

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The Way to Shercock followed by The House of Hamill is a great set.

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Yeah, Maudabawn for sure.

By the way, I don’t think he ever wrote a bad tune….

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Here Is my Fav - Ed Reavy - Tune ,,, Listen to all the time -
But still to learn it — jim,,,,

X:3
T:The Gypsy Girl
M:4/4
L:1/8
C:Ed Reavy
R:Reel
K:A
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cAED CEAc|dcBc defg|aece dbfg|afec A2:||
cd|
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eaag aece|(3dcB Bc defg|aece dbfg|afec A2:||

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two good ones, the starry lane to monaghan and tribute to michael coleman

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Another recording worth checking out is "At Reavy’s House" from Baltimore (MD, USA) based fiddler Jim Eagan. Every tune except for one on the CD is a Reavy tune, so it might give you some more ideas for tunes/sets. Here’s the link: https://thesession.org/recordings/display/831. (Kind of a shameless plug for a local :-), but relevant to this topic nonetheless).

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Shameless plugs for locals are a fine idea. Without them, most of us would never hear of great fiddlers like Bob Soper, formerly of Cul an Ti and currently playing with Elizabeth Nicholson’s "Stringed Migration" - a less trad outfit, but still quite cool - or banjo players like Seamus "No, not that Seamus Egan" Egan. I don’t think either of them have recorded Reavy tunes, but the plug’s worthwhile anyway.

As for Reavy, probably my favorite of his - which I haven’t learned yet - is the Wild Swans at Coole. Not a very box-friendly tune, as far as I can tell, but maybe I’ll get it one day.

Liz Carroll recorded a pretty fierce version of that which Rounder released on https://thesession.org/recordings/display/380 though I think it’s probably from another record.

House of Hammill is also a great one, to my ears. Easier on the box, for sure!

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"At Reavy’s House"

Yes a Great piece of Work —- jim,,

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You will hear Fisherman’s Island and Hunter’s House as a common set played at sessions, but also on a lot of recordings.

John

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Sorry wasnt paying attention to the original post! Too early in the day. Anyway, I had the cd playing only yesterday and it really is good

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Love at the Endings — one of my favourite tunes. Fantastic tune and fantastic name.

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My favorite is "The Lane to the Glen"

https://thesession.org/tunes/2805

There is a very nice version on the Martin Hayes/Dennis Cahill CD "Welcome Home Again"

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Thanks to all of you for your suggestions! I look forward to taking a look at them.

By the way, you’re welcome to link to audio/visual clips and not just sheet music files. In fact, that would be better, since I would get to hear what the tune sounds like without having to pull out my fiddle!

— David

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… but I haven’t taken my concertina out of the practice room yet

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"Beare Island" has nothing to do with Ed Reavy - read the "comments".

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That Ed Reavy CD is probably the best starting point. That’s the collection of the most popular tunes. The Jim Eagan CD is also excellent, and features a bunch of his lesser-known (but still great) tunes. Jim knows his stuff.

Beyond that, the "Collected Compositions of Ed Reavy" is the definitive printed collection of his tunes (it looks like they offer it in ABC format for musicians to learn from), and there used to be a set of 4 cassettes out there of all the tunes in the book (I think) played by his son Joe.