Old Lord Gordon’s reel

Also known as Duke Gordon, Lord Gordon.

There are 19 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Lady Gordon’s (a few times), The Plains Of Boyle (a few times) and The Salamanca (a few times).

Old Lord Gordon's has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Old Lord Gordon's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|A2 (3FED AD (3FED|AD (3FED A2FA|~B2eB ~B2AB|defd BAFA|
~d3f eBdB|AF~F2 ABde|~f2ef dBAF|EFGA B2:|
|:ag|fada fadf|afdf a2ba|gaea gaba|~g3a bafg|
afeg fedB|AF~F2 ABde|~f2ef dBAF|EFGA B2:|
X: 2
T: Old Lord Gordon's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|A2 (3FED ADFD|ADFD A2FA|B2GB EBGB|defd BAFA|
dcdf efdB|AF~F2 ABdf|afef dBAF|EFGA B2:|
|:ag|fada fadf|afdf a2gf|gbed gaba|~g3a bafa|
afea fedB|AF~F2 ABdf|afef dBAF|EFGA B2:|
X: 3
T: Old Lord Gordon's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|AD~D2 AD~D2|AD~D2 A2GA|B2GB EBGB|defd BAFA|
dcdf efdB|AF~F2 ABdf|afef dBAF|EFGA B2:|
|:ag|fada fadg|fadf a2gf|gbef gbef|gfga bafa|
afeg fedB|AF~F2 ABdf|afef dBAF|EFGA B2:|
|:ag|fadf afde|fadf a2gf|gbef gbef|gfga bafa|
afeg fedB|AF~F2 ABdf|afef dBAF|EFGA B2:|
X: 4
T: Old Lord Gordon's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AD~D2 ADBD|AD~D2 AG (3FGA|BE~E2 BEcE|BE~E2 BAFA|
dcdf ecdA|~A2FA D2 (3ABc|dBcA BFAF|EFGA BcdB|
AD~D2 ADBD|AD~D2 AG (3FGA|BE~E2 cE~E2|dE~E2 BAFA|
dgfd ecdA|~A2FA D2 (3ABc|dBcA BFAF|EFGA Bcdg||
fadg fadg|(3fgf dg faaf|g2ef ~g3e|dfed BAFA|
dgfd ecdB|AF~F2 ABdg|(3fga ec dBAF|EFGA Bcdz|
a2fd adfd|adfd faaf|g2ef ~g3a|~b3a bgeg|
bgBc ~d3z|fedB ABdg|fdec dBAF|EFGA BcdB||

Nine comments

Old Lord Gordon’s

I got this from a friend who went to a concertina workshop led by Michael Rooney, who had got the tune from Seamus Connolly. The setting I got was almost identical to the one on Eamonn Cotter’s "Traditional Irish Music from County Clare".

X: 1
T: Lord Gordon’s
D: Eamonn Cotter: Traditional Irish Music from County Clare
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
dB|A2 (3FED ADFD|ADFD A2FA|B2GB EBGB|defd BAFA|
dcdf efdB|AF~F2 ABdf|afef dBAF|EFGA B2:|
|:ag|fada fadf|afdf a2gf|gbed gaba|~g3a bafa|
afea fedB|AF~F2 ABdf|afef dBAF|EFGA B2:|

The setting I’ve submitted for conversion to sheetmusic comes from Dolores Keane’s "There Was A Maid".

Thanks…

Heard Eamonn Cotter play this at the Jimmy McHugh memorial concert 3 weeks ago. It’s one of those unusual versions of a tune which I’ve always meant to learn, but never have quite been able to figure out the variation from the norm in the 2nd part. Hope to get a chance to play it with you later this year.

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X: 1
T: Lord Gordon’s
S: Michael Rooney
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
dB|AD~D2 AD~D2|AD~D2 A2GA|B2GB EBGB|defd BAFA|
dcdf efdB|AF~F2 ABdf|afef dBAF|EFGA B2:|
|:ag|fada fadg|fadf a2gf|gbef gbef|gfga bafa|
afeg fedB|AF~F2 ABdf|afef dBAF|EFGA B2:|

% Alternative B-part
|:ag|fadf afde|fadf a2gf|gbef gbef|gfga bafa|
afeg fedB|AF~F2 ABdf|afef dBAF|EFGA B2:|

@ Kenny, always a pleasure. I know what you mean about the 2nd part. I remember it by thinking "Lady Ann Montgomery’s up high", which is enough to fire up the first bar :-)

Duke Gordon

Séamus Ennis called his, similar, two part version ‘Duke Gordon’, there’s also a nice old recording of one of the Brophys playing it on the pipes. It’s pretty much also how I have always played it.

Not sure this would qualify as a separate listing though.

Posted .

East Galway musicians Kevin Moloney and Sean Moloney pair a similar two-part version of Lord Gordon with Lady Gordon. In the sleeve notes, the set was originally recorded by the Ballinakill Traditional Dance Players in 1938. Maybe, it’s been standard to play the two-part version of the tune in Clare and E. Galway. Wasn’t it Michael Coleman that popularised the lengthy version?

In the sleeves notes, *they inform that* the set was…

I remember Maeve Donnelly and Peter O’Loughlin also recorded the shorter version.

Seamus Ennis’ 2-part tune is more like the standard Lord Gordon’s but it seems to be an older setting so I’ll post it here.

X: 1
T: Duke Gordon
D: Seamus Ennis - 40 Years of Irish Piping
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
AD~D2 ADBD|AD~D2 AG (3FGA|BE~E2 BEcE|BE~E2 BAFA|
dcdf ecdA|~A2FA D2 (3ABc|dBcA BFAF|EFGA BcdB|
AD~D2 ADBD|AD~D2 AG (3FGA|BE~E2 cE~E2|dE~E2 BAFA|
dgfd ecdA|~A2FA D2 (3ABc|dBcA BFAF|EFGA Bcdg||
fadg fadg|(3fgf dg faaf|g2ef ~g3e|dfed BAFA|
dgfd ecdB|AF~F2 ABdg|(3fga ec dBAF|EFGA Bcdz|
a2fd adfd|adfd faaf|g2ef ~g3a|~b3a bgeg|
bgBc ~d3z|fedB ABdg|fdec dBAF|EFGA BcdB||