The Wild Irishman reel

Also known as The Glenties.

There are 64 recordings of this tune.
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The Wild Irishman appears in 3 other tune collections.

The Wild Irishman has been added to 46 tune sets.

The Wild Irishman has been added to 363 tunebooks.

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I saw the other one.

I have always known this tune as the Wild Irishman. It’s not too hard but it’s a good rocking standard for the sessions. I don’t hear it much anymore but I imagine it’s time for another wake up call.

Have fun.


The Wild irishman

Source: Paul McGrattan & Paul O’Shaughnessy _ within a mile of doublin
Transcription: g.m.p.

A donegal version:

d2fa gefd|Adfd Acec|d2fa gefd|fgec dAFA|
d2fa gefd|Adfd Acec|defd efgb|afge dgfg||
edcB ABcd|eA~A2 eAfg|edcA EAce|fa[eg][ce] dcfg|
edcB ABcd|eA~A2 egfg|edcA EAce|fa[eg][ce] dAFA|

Yeeeee ha!!

’Me with the floorshow
Kickin’ with your torso
Boys getting high
And the girls even more so
Wave your hands if your not with the… Wild Irishman!’

Thanks, MC, great TuneJockey!
We all wanna rock TJ!

This is tune is good news for who plays the highland pipe yet hates its ‘frizzling’ high a: There‘ s no high a in this tune, so no riks this happens! It’ s all there of course, what a smashin number!

The Wild Irishman

This reel is usually played as a single reel.

Re: The Wild Irishman

Néillidh Boyle used to play this tune with 4 parts, first playing it high and then down the octave. What a great version that is!