The Brady Reel
This tune was apparently composed by a fella named Jim Brady. Don’t know a thing about him. I learned it orginally from Larry Nugent and, like alot of his favorite tunes, it is somewhat obscure. This one seems to be more familiar to the old timer irish musicians on the south side of Chicago. Seems to be always known precisely as "The Brady Reel".
It is a gem of a tune in my view. Flirts interestingly between E minor (in the first part) and G major (in the second) much in the same way as Fermoy Lasses does. Also, the tune lends itself to interesting an rhythmic emphasis in the first bar if you put a pause after the first lick as i’ve attempted to notate. Yet, at the same time, the second part can be played more lyrically, especially when you lift of up to that tasty G on top, which sounds great if at times it is not rolled.
As you say, it’s a gem of a tune, and to make it even more alluring (especially for fiddle and banjo players), try playing it up a tone in the key of F# Minor, where it sounds even nicer.
Mmmm. Sounds interesting. I’ll have to give that a try. Have any favorite sets that include the Brady Reel?
I was recently informed that this tune, the Brady Reel, also goes by the name of Palmer’s Gate.
This tune is called "Palmers Gate" and way well be called "Bradys" but it was not composed by Jim Brady.
It was composed by Joe Liddy, who I believe has a book of tunes.
He is from Leitrim I think.
I do agree however, it is a lovely tune.
I think its to be found on Mick McGoldricks ( First ? ) record.
where its called "Gan Anim"
this tune can indeed be found on Mick McGoldricks album Morning Rory as laverys no1 which then goes into mulhaires or laverys no2 as he calls it
it is a very different brady’s as the one on kevin crawfords album though
palmer’s gate and then martin wynne’s #3 makes a nice set i’ve discovered. palmers gate exploits the e major in the lower octive where wynne’s exploits the relative major (being g of course) in the upper side of the spectrum. i dunno, they seem to click…
b and c natural eight notes make good pick-ups into wynnes too…
He was the senior all-ireland champ on flute in 1967. from Offaly. Apparently is still alive, and has a daughter by the name of Attracta who also won the senior all-ireland on flute in 1989.
opps, i meant "e minor" in my penultimate post…
Just learned this off a sound clip of Shannon and Matt Heaton, and their friend Jessica, thanks to Zina and Dirk and the all-powerful internet.
Their version is slightly different:
T: Palmers Gate
K: E minor
c|:BEEF GABG |A2 BA GEDE|~G3A BAGA|Bded BAAc|
|B2 EF GABG|AcBA GEDE|GABd edBA|GAFG E2 Ac:||
|:Beed ed B/c/d|g2 fd edBA|~G3A BAGA|Bded BAAc|
|Beed ed B/c/d|g2 fd edBA|GA B/c/d edBA|GAFG E3 A:||
Palmer’s Gate - Michelle O’Brien’s setting
T: Palmers Gate
C: Joe Liddy
S: Michelle O’Brien
Z: Jack Gilder
BE~E2 GABG |AdBA GEED|~G3A BAGA|B2dB A3d|
BE~E2 GABG |AdBA GEED|GA B/c/d edBA|1G2FG EFGc:|2G2FG EFGA||
B3d B/c/d ea|gefg edBA|G3B dBB2|GA B/c/d edBA|
B2eB B/c/d ea|gefg edBA|GA B/c/d edBA|1G2FG EFGA:|2G2FG EFGc||
I’d imagine that’s a pretty Chicago setting, Will, since Jessica Ziegler’s from the North side up there, and so were Matt and Shannon when they lived there…
T: Tullymore Fleadh
|:GA|BE E2 GABG|AdBG AGEF|G3A BABG|BedB A2 GA|
BE E2 GABG|AdBG AGEF|GABd edBG|EGFD E2 GA:||
|:Beed e3f|g2 fg edBA|G2 BG dGBG|Bded edBA|
Beed e3f|g2 fg edBA|GABd edBG|EGFD E2 GA:||
Palmer’s Gate in F#m into The Curlew in Bm. Finish it off with Wing Commander in A.
Third tune here
Palmer’s Gate, X:6
F#m 4eva! :-D Love playing it up a step on the fiddle a la Oisin Mac Diarmada
Tin Whistle version here
Re: Palmer’s Gate/Dervish’s Version?
Does anyone happen to know which of these versions is closest to the Dervish Session one here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_jjcL2QTsc&sns=em
Starts right about 2:03
Re: Palmer’s Gate
It’s X1 by notated by Brendan.
When you play the ABC it sounds like there is one note missing after the 3EEE - like a breath pause for flute. I play it (on fiddle) as Dervish does and so add a small note where appropriate to fill that gap. You’ll soon figure out ways to mess around with it. Great tune!
Re: Palmer’s Gate
Tøm mentioned a version in F#m above. Does anyone know what album (if any!) this version can be found on?
I was taught the F#m version years ago and continue to play it but would love to hear it on an album!