Colonel McBain reel

Also known as Brian Boru, Captain MacBean’s, Captain McBane’s, Col McBain, Dan Sullivan’s, The Devonshire, The Duke Of Clarence, General McBean, John Frank, Johnny’s Wedding, Sean Frank, Sean Frank’s, The Smoky House, Sporting Mollie.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Rolling In The Barrel (a few times).

Colonel McBain has been added to 5 tune sets.

Colonel McBain has been added to 118 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Colonel McBain
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
(3GFE BE (3GFE BE|(3FED AD (3FED AD|(3GFE BE (3GFE BE|AGFG E2 EF|
(3GFE BE (3GFE BE|ABAG FD D2|G2 GF GBdB|AGFG E2 EF|
G2 GF GBdB|ABAG FA A2|(3Bcd ed efge| fedf e2 f2|
efed B2 d2|ABAG FD D2|G2 GF GBdB|AGFG E2 EF|
X: 2
T: Colonel McBain
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G3F GBdB|ABAG FGAc|Beed (3eee ef|fede de (3eee|
efed BcdB|ABAG FGAc|Be (3eee BedB|AGFG E2 EF:|
|:GEBE GEBE|FDAD FDAD|1GEBE GEBE|
AFDF E2 EF:|2G2 GF GBdB|AFDF E2 EF||
X: 3
T: Colonel McBain
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
GEBE GEBG | FDAD FDAF | GEBE GEBc | AGFG E2 EF |
G/F/E BE G/F/E BE | ABAG FADF | GBGD GBdB | AGFD E2 :|
G2 GF GBdB | A2 AG FADA | Bded e2 g/f/e | fedf e2 gf |
e2 ed BcdB | ABAG FDAD | G2 GF GBdB | AGFG E2 :|
X: 4
T: Colonel McBain
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|dc|:Bdgd BGGB|Acfd AFFc|Bdgd BGGB|(3ABc Fc AGGc|
|Bdgd BGGB|Acfd AFFc|[_BD]2 BA Bdfd|1cA^F=B AGGc:|cA^F=B AGGA|
|:[_BG]2 {Bc}BA [BD]2 GA|_BABd cBAB|G^fga gfga|=bg{b}a^f defd|
|gag^f d^cde|=fdc_B AF{G} (3FEF|Gg^fg dg=bg|^fdcA AGGc:|

Eighteen comments

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."

Sean Frank’s

My name is Sean Frank and I came across this by accident on the net. Very nice song.

Recorded at a session.

Johnny’s Wedding

I know this as a three part reel called Johnny’s Wedding, from Altan I think.

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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.

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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.
https://thesession.org/tunes/5713

& e minor…

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 ~

X: 2
T: Sean Frank’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: EDor
|: 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.

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