Butterfly reel

Also known as Sliabh An Oir, Tommy Whelan’s.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

Butterfly has been added to 1 tune set.

Butterfly has been added to 73 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Butterfly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B3 A GE E2 | EBEB dBAd | (3Bcd BA GABe | dBAd BE E2 :|
(3Bcd ef gefd | (3Bcd ge dBAd | (3Bcd ef g2 ga | bage dBAd :|
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: Butterfly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
EA |: B2BA GEED | EBEB dBA2 | B2BA GEGA | B2eB dBA2 |
B2BA GEED | EBEB dBA2 | B2BA GEGA | B2eB dBA2 |
Beef gfge | Be3 dBA2 | Beef gfga | bage dBA2 |
Beef gfge | Be3 dBA2 | Beef g3a | bage dBAG :|
X: 3
T: Butterfly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
BB/2B/2 BA GE (3EEE & x2 D6| EBEB dBAd | AB/2B/2 BA GABe | dBAd BE (3EEE |
AB BA GE (3EEE & x2 F3 x3 | EBEB dBAd | BB/2B/2 BA GABe | dBAd BE E2 |
(3Bcd ef gfed | (3BBB ge dBAd | Bd ef gg/2g/2 ga | bage dBAd |
(3Bcd ef gg/2g/2 ge | (3BBB ge dBAd | (3Bcd ef g2 ga | bage dBAd |
X: 4
T: Butterfly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
AB/2B/2 BA GE (3EEE & x2 D6| EBEB dBAd | AB/2B/2 BA GABe | dBAd BE (3EEE |
AB BA GE (3EEE & x2 F3 x3 | EBEB dBAd | AB/2B/2 BA GABe | dBAd BE E2 |
(3Bcd ef gg/2g/2 ge | (3BBB ge dBAd | Bdef gg/2g/2 ga | bage dBAd |
Bdef gfed | (3BBB ge dBAd | (3Bcd ef g2 ga | bage dBAd |

Six comments

The Butterfly Reel

This reel is the 3rd in a set of 4 on the recording "Trian 2". I tried to name it as "The Butterfly Reel", which is what it is called on the CD, but the website software deleted "Reel". This meant that it linked to all recordings of the slip-jig, so I’ve taken the liberty of re-naming it as "Liz Carroll’s Butterfly" to avoid that confusion.
The sleeve notes do not make any mention of who came up with what seems to me to be a re-arrangement of the 9/8 tune.

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Sliabh an Oir (aka Tommy Whelan’s)

I know this is Sliabh an Oir from the playing of Mike Rafferty.

EA |: B2BA GEED | EBEB dBA2 | B2BA GEGA | B2eB dBA2 |
B2BA GEED | EBEB dBA2 | B2BA GEGA | B2eB dBA2 |
Beef gfge | Be3 dBA2 | Beef gfga | bage dBA2 |
Beef gfge | Be3 dBA2 | Beef g3a | bage dBAG :|

The Butterfly Reel

In Mike Rafferty’s second collection (‘Second Wind’), and alternative title is "Tommy Whelan’s", and it appears Mike got the tune from Tommy Whelan and Stephen Moloney of the Ballinakill Band.

A Banjo adaptation

Been messing around with this on the banjo. This is a good approach in the style of Keiran Hanrahan. As far as I know he doesn’t play this. This is just my interpretation of how he might.

X:1
T: Butterfly
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K:Emin
BB/2B/2 BA GE (3EEE & x2 D6| EBEB dBAd | AB/2B/2 BA GABe | dBAd BE (3EEE |
AB BA GE (3EEE & x2 F3 x3 | EBEB dBAd | BB/2B/2 BA GABe | dBAd BE E2 |
(3Bcd ef gfed | (3BBB ge dBAd | Bd ef gg/2g/2 ga | bage dBAd |
(3Bcd ef gg/2g/2 ge | (3BBB ge dBAd | (3Bcd ef g2 ga | bage dBAd |

Slightly different

X:1
T: Butterfly
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K:Emin
AB/2B/2 BA GE (3EEE & x2 D6| EBEB dBAd | AB/2B/2 BA GABe | dBAd BE (3EEE |
AB BA GE (3EEE & x2 F3 x3 | EBEB dBAd | AB/2B/2 BA GABe | dBAd BE E2 |
(3Bcd ef gg/2g/2 ge | (3BBB ge dBAd | Bdef gg/2g/2 ga | bage dBAd |
Bdef gfed | (3BBB ge dBAd | (3Bcd ef g2 ga | bage dBAd |

also Sliabh an Oir on Kevin and Sean Moloney’s recording Bridging the Gap (which would be from the same Ballinakill/Woodford source)