The Irish Girl strathspey

Also known as The Irish Girl’s Highland Fling.

The Irish Girl has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Irish Girl
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F>GF>E D>EF>D | E>A, ~A,2 E>A, (3A,A,A, | F>GF>E D>EF>A | (3Bcd e>c d>cB>A |
F2 F>E D>E (3FED | E>A, ~A,2 A,>CE>G | F>GF>E D>EF>A | (3Bcd e>g f<dd>e ||
f>dd>c d>fa>f | e>dc>d e>fg>e | f>dd>c d>fa>f | (3gab e>g f<dd>e |
f>dd>c d>fa>f | e>dc>d e>f (3gfe | d>fa>f g2 b>g | (3fga e>c d>cB>A |]
X: 2
T: The Irish Girl
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
R: reel
|: FGFE DEFD | EA, ~A,2 EA, ~A,2 |\
FGFE DEFA |[1 B/c/d ec dcBA :|[2 B/c/d ec fdde ||
|: fddc dfaf | edcd efge |\
[1 fddc dfaf | g/a/b eg fdde :|[2 dfaf g2 bg | f/g/a ec dcBA |]
X: 3
T: The Irish Girl
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3cBA |F2 F>E D>E (3FED | E>A (3AAA E>A^G>A | F>GF>E D>EF<A | (3Bcd e>c d>cB>A |
F>GF>E D2 F>D | E>A^G>A A,>ce>G | F2 F>E D2 (3FGA | B>de>g f<d d2 ||
f<dd>c d2 a>f | e>dc>d e2 (3efg | f<dd>c d>fa>f | g>be>g f<d d2 |
f<d d2 d>fa>f | e>dc>d e>fg>a | d<fa>f (3gag (3bag | f<ae<c d2 |]

Six comments

“The Irish Girl” ~ highland fling

The take given here is based on the playing of Donegal fiddler Danny O’Donnell, who gave it swing, but where it was presented as a single reel. I was enjoying his playing recently and found myself dancing the fling to this, so here it is as that, with the usual second ending on the B-part. In writing it out as once through, 16 bars / AABB, I’ve thrown in a few other possibilities.

Here is a straight transcription for this ~

X: 2
T: Irish Girl, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel, single
K: Dmaj
|: FGFE DEFD | EA, ~A,2 EA, ~A,2 |
FGFE DEFA |[1 B/c/d ec dcBA :|[2 B/c/d ec fdde ||
|: fddc dfaf | edcd efge |
[1 fddc dfaf | g/a/b eg fdde :|
[2 dfaf g2 bg | f/g/a ec dcBA |]

“The Cat On The Roof” ~ a reel transcription

Submitted on July 17th 2002 by Josh Kane.
https://thesession.org/tunes/844

I hope to avoid any other names for this one. For those familiar with highland flings, I think you’ll enjoy this one taken that way too… As with most flings, they make fine single reels too.

For those D limited ~

If your instrument of choice is winds you can play this by just raising the low A, up and octave to A ~

~ | E>A ~A2 E>A (3AAA | ~

And for the C chord variant ~ A,>CE>G ~ anything built on that chord will work just fine, even straight up ~ A>cE>G…

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Those few snaps are also Danny’s…

Note, as is often the case, the midi here exaggerates the swing… ‘Swing’, as the word suggests, should have flow too, rolling hills rather than pot holes… ;-)

X: 3 “The Irish Girl”

For the sake of winds, other ways and options from D up, avoiding the A, and C…