The Raivlin reel

By Barbara McOwen

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Raivlin has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Raivlin has been added to 40 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Raivlin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2 DG F2 E/D/C|G2 F/E/D dfdc|BDAd GDFD|E2 G/F/E D2:|
|:FG|Adcd BdAd|cdef g/a/g fg|efge fgef|gAaA agfe|
dAed fdgd|fedc B/c/B AG|BDAD GDFd|ED F/G/A D2:|
X: 2
T: The Raivlin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FG|Add2 Bdd2|cdef g3f|efge fgef|gaaA agfe|
d2ed fdgd|fedc BAGA|BDAD GDFD|EFGA D2:|

Five comments

Discussion: Reels in the slow lane ~ your recommendations wanted…

# Posted on October 17th 2009 by ceolachan

This was recommended in this previous discussion, and I have been doing as people suggested, over time. I’ve given some of the ways it has taken me in the transcription here, and you have her own dots to compare with some of the options I’ve given. For example, places for long notes where rolls or other options might be taken, a few examples ~

Bars 1-2 & 5-6 ~ D3 G FEDA | GFED d3 c | ~
Bars 1-2 ~ Ad d2 Bd d2 | cdef g3 f | ~

C: Barbara McOwen, Scottish fiddler, teacher & band leader

In Barbara’s own words ~

Note: This “tangled reel” is specially written for Lance Ramshaw, aritificial intelligence wizard, dance teacher, minister, musician and poet. Instead of waiting around at a ham session for the piano to be free, he decided to learn the fiddle, so he could play all the time. And he is devouring tunes! “Raivlin” is Scots for “a tangled thread,” or, “used of rhyme: loose odds and ends” and at his request it is intended to be a fun tune for him to play."

I hope she won’t mind it finding air here, but know that if she does, Jeremy will gladly remove it for her.

The Raivlin, X:2

Here are Barbara McOwen’s dots as she posted them. Fun, easy reel to play fast.

Re: The Raivlin

An arrangement for fiddle ensemble (2 fiddle lines, cello, and chords) is available in Weaver MacFarlane’s Choon Book, a free download from

Audio file of this arrangement is available on Soundcloud (just search for Weaver MacFarlane).