Helen Black Of Inveran reel

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Helen Black Of Inveran has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: Helen Black Of Inveran
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e>d | c>dc>B B>AA>c | e>f e<c e2 f>g | a>gg>f f>ee>c | c>f e>c B2 e>d |
c>dc>B B>AA>c | e>f e<c e2 f>g | a>f d>B e>d c<B | {d}c2 A2 {A}A2 :|
e2 | c>e (3eee f>ee>c | c>ee>f e2 f>g | a>gg>f f>ee>c | c>f e>c B2 e2 |
ce (3eee f>ee>c | c>ff>e f2 f>g | a>f d>B e>d c<B | {d}c2 A2 {A}A2 :|
a2 | e>cc>B A>cc>e | f>cc>B c2 f>g | a>ff>d A>dd>f | f>ee>c B2 a2 |
e>cc>B A>cc>e | f>cc>B c2 f>g | a>f d<B e>d c<B | {d}c2 A2 {A}A2 :|
a2 | A>c (3ccc A>cc>A | A>fe>d c2 f>g | a>ff>d A>dd>f | f>ee>c B2 a2 |
[1 A>c (3ccc A>cc>A | A>fe>d c2 f>g | a>f d<B e>d c>B | {d}c2 A2 {A}A2 :|
[2 A>BB>c c>dd>e | e>dd>c c2 f>g | a>f d<B e>d c<B | {d}c2 A2 {A}A2 ||
# Added by fgb .

Three comments

This is one of the first tunes I learned. It is composed by Jimmy Richie. It appears in Ceol Na Fidhle volume one as a reel but is listed as a march in other places.

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2/4 march, not a reel.

I’ve never heard it played as a reel. I know you have to post it as such here, there not being a "2/4 march" category, but I’ve no idea why "Ceol Na Fidhle" should call it a reel, as the tune is quite often played by pipe bands as the "march" in a "march / strathspey / reel" medley, and also in 2/4 march selections by solo pipers in competition and on recordings.
Although Jimmy Ritchie [ I think his name had a "t" in it ] was a fiddler, and therefore may well have written it in "Amaj" with the "Gs" sharp, in my experience, the pipe setting, with the "Gs" natural is more common. It works both ways, I suppose, but sounds absolutely hellish if half the players are playing "naturals" and the other half are playing "sharps".

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Ps…

This follows on from a current discussion.

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