This tune works nicely as a slow reel.
I’ve included triplets in the music above, something I hardly ever do. I find that this tune sounds very flat without them.
Personally, I like to play this tune quite slowly, but I’ve also heard it played fast. A compromise would be to play it like a hornpipe.
Oh, I mistakenly post the tune with the name "Colonel McBain" last night. Just in case, I searched for the tune with its fragment before posting it, but I didn’t notice Jeremy post it already.
I totally agree with Jeremy about the speed. I like playing it after "Terry Teehan’s."
My name is Sean Frank and I came across this by accident on the net. Very nice song.
Recorded at a session.
I know this as a three part reel called Johnny’s Wedding, from Altan I think.
Posted by Jeremy himself
Surprised you didn’t pick up on this one Jeremy https://thesession.org/tunes/102 🙂
Why didn’t the advanced search pick it up?
Sean Frank’s reel
I know quite a different tune by the same name: a D modal reel that is often played after Tuttle’s (Casey’s) reel. If anyone is interested I will send the sheet music as a Mozart or MS WORD file
Frankie Gavin’s tune was different than this setting, which is out of the books, I think. I think Frankie was in D but tuned up a little. He paired it with the Bunch of Green Rushes, which is in D "Minajor" or whatever you want to call it. I prefer his setting, which was also played by Michael Coleman, in G…Mixolydian? B was both nat and flat. He called it Malloy’s. John Doherty recorded a very similar reel, on Bundle and Go. Related to O’Dowd’s and the Curragh Races.
I believe Mother’s Delight is more similar to this reel.
“Johnny’s Wedding” / etc. ~ reel
Also known as Colonel McBain, Sean Frank’s, The Smoky House.
Key signature: d minor (also played in g & a minor)
Submitted on April 28th 2006 by OsvaldoLaviosa.
& e minor…
… also known as ‘Brian Boru’, ‘cos it is, in fact, a version of the same tune as is posted here as a march:
(I hope I’ve got this right this time, chaps) 😏
This tune is in the Gunn Book (Fermanagh 1865) as Captain McBane’s Reel in the key of G minor
“Sean Frank’s Reel” ~ which has the melodic structure of a double reel
So here it is with the parts doubled and some alternate ways with it ~
T: Sean Frank’s
|: EF |\
GEBE GEBG | FDAD FDAF | GEBE GEBc | AGFG E2 EF |
G/F/E BE G/F/E BE | ABAG FADF | GBGD GBdB | AGFD E2 :|
|: EF |\
G2 GF GBdB | A2 AG FADA | Bded e2 g/f/e | fedf e2 gf |
e2 ed BcdB | ABAG FDAD | G2 GF GBdB | AGFG E2 :|
third setting in C
This appears as The Cameronian Reel in the Northern Fiddler in the repertoire of John Doherty. The music, however, is not the reel commonly called the Cameronian but instead a version of Colonel McBain. It has a convoluted naming history as the above posts make clear. Sound’s a lot like Colonel McBain to me.
John Doherty reportedly said the tune came from the Laggan area of County Tyrone.
Re: Colonel McBain
According to Breandán Breathnach’s Ceol Rince na hÉireann, vol. 1, p. 102-105, this tune is AKA as Dan Sullivan’s, The Devonshire, The Duke of Clarence, General McBean, John Frank, and Sporting Mollie.