The Phoenix reel

Also known as Hennessy’s.

There are 20 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with MacArthur Road (a few times), The Rollicking Boys Of Tandragee (a few times), Thomas McElvogue’s (a few times) and Up Ya Boya (a few times).

The Phoenix has been added to 9 tune sets.

The Phoenix has been added to 118 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Phoenix
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ag|:f2df edcA|B2dB ABde|fd~d2 edcA|B2dB ABde|
fedf edcA|BcdB AGFE|Dddc defd|1 edcA dfag:|2 edce dBcA||
|:FBBA Bcde|~f3d edcA|FBBA Bcde|f2df edcA|
B2FB ~B2GB|BcdB cBAc|BG~G2 Bcde|1 f2ec dBcA:|2 faec dfag||
X: 2
T: The Phoenix
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fAdf edce|BAGB AGFA|fAdf edce|BAGB A3f|
faaf edce|BAGB AGFE|D3d dAdf|1 edce d2ag:|2 edce d2z2||
|:FBBA B3f|fedf edce|FBBA Bcde|fdef decd|
B2FB B2FB|B2dB cBAB|FBBA Bcde|1 fedc d2z2:|2 fedc d2ag||
X: 3
T: The Phoenix
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
de|~f2df fece|BAGB AGFA|fedf edce|BAB/c/d A2de|
fAdf eAce|BAGB AGFA|D/D/D dc defd|edce (3ddd de|
(3fgf df fece|BAGB AGFA|fadf eAce|BAB/c/d A2de|
effd e3d|~B3d AGFA|Dddc defd|edce d2dB|
FBBD DBBd|ffdf edcB|FBBA Bcde|(3fgf fe decd|
A-BFB ~B2FB|de (3fed ecdB|FBBA Bcde|fdec AB~B2|
FBBD (3BcB Bd|ffdf edcB|FBBA Bcde|faef decd|
A-BFB ~B2FB|de (3fed ecdB|FBBA Bcde|fdec d2|
X: 4
T: The Phoenix
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f2df edcd | ~B3d ABde | f2df edcd | ~B3d ABde | f2df edcd | B3d AGFE | Dddc defd |1 edce d2de :|2 edce d2cd |
| B3A Bcde | f2gf edcA | B3A Bcde | fdec d2cd |
B2Fc B2Fc | BcdB cBAc | B3A Bcde |1 fdec d2cd:|2fdec dfag |
X: 5
T: The Phoenix
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
de|f2df edcA|BAGB AGFA|f2df edcA|BAGB A2de|
f2df edcA|BAGB AGFE|Dddc defd| edce d2:|
cd|:B3A Bcde|f2df edcA|B3A Bcde|f2ef d2cd|
B2Fd B2Fd|BFBd cBAc|BBBA Bcde|1 fedc B3A:|2 fedc d2|]

Fifteen comments

Sweety reel

A sweety reel, hot fingers !!!

The pub, not the bird

I believe this tune was named not for the mythical bird with asbestos-like qualitites, but rather for the pub in Cork.

The Phoenix is (or, at least, was) across from City Hall, sandwiched between Charlie’s and The Donkey’s Ears. Together with The Lobby on the corner, these pubs formed what was affectionately known as "the strip". Sort of like Vegas, sort of like Gaza.

I never spent so much time in The Phoenix - I was always next door in Charlie’s. Does anyone know if it’s still there?

I believe this was composed by a Dave Hennessy - does anyone know anything about him?

Dave Hennessy

Dave Hennessy’s an accordion player from Cork. He recorded a couple albums with Matt Crantich and Mick Daly; titled ‘Crossing’ and ‘Phoenix.’ Now I gather he’s romping about with Gerry Harrington. As far as I know he is the author of this tune. Here’s a quote from the liner notes of Vancouver session album "In the Heather" (Track 1, REELS: Kavana’s Craic/The Punter’s Graveyard/The Phoenix):

"We finish with a reel written by Cork accordion player Dave Hennessy, and named after a pub on Union Quay in Cork City. Apparently the pub is no longer there, but we’re happy the tune remains."

Hope that helps!

The Phoenix (Dave Hennessy)

A while ago I was playing in a session and heard a box player play an amazing version of this tune. I’d never heard it played like that before, but it turned out that this box player was the composer himself. The version most people play seems to be the one popularised by Sharon Shannon, but the original feels more arpeggio-based than scale-based, and is much more interesting with its variations and pleasing twists and turns. Here is the original version from the horse’s mouth:

X: 1
T: Phoenix, The
C: Dave Hennessy
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
fAdf edce|BAGB AGFA|fAdf edce|BAGB A3f|
faaf edce|BAGB AGFE|D3d dAdf|1 edce d2ag:|2 edce d2z2||
|:FBBA B3f|fedf edce|FBBA Bcde|fdef decd|
B2FB B2FB|B2dB cBAB|FBBA Bcde|1 fedc d2z2:|2 fedc d2ag||
%Variation for Bar 4 of B-part
|~d2~c2 ~B2Ac|
%Variation for Bar 7 of A-part
|Dccd dAdf|

phoenix arrrgh

Under the notes for the Phoenix

https://thesession.org/tunes/1105

Dow posted a comment about Sharon Shannon having popularized it, but I’ve been all over youtube and I can’t find a recording of this tune anywhere handy. Can someone point me in the right direction? Thanks…

Thanks for the thanks Airport.
I hadn’t heard of the band "Any Old Time" until you pointed out Matt Cranitch was in it.

If anyone is interested, the album:
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/1106
it is available for download from eMusic and I downloaded it within my monthly quota.

So thank you so much for that … its great to be able to obtain Trad via the internet, and even better to instaneously obtain a recording straight from the composer, hey. Great stuff. Thanks.

‘Crossing’ and ‘Phoenix’ albums Trinil mentioned are both recorded under the name Any Old Time.

‘Phoenix’ is a fantastic album with great songs, as well as tunes. Their version of Field Behind The Plow was one of my favourite songs growing up. Worth digging around for :)

The Phoenix, X:3

Source: "Bimis ag ol" by Ronan Le Bar & Nicolas Quemener
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta

The Phoenix, X:4

Source: Arcady
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

The Phoenix, X:5

Transcribed from the playing of Dave Hennessy & Matt Cranitch on the Any Old Time LP, "Phoenix". Note: they play it in E/C#m !

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Re: The Phoenix

Here it is the version i learnt in Cork Pipers Club by the name of "Hennessy’s".
Sounds like a bit of a mix of what has been posted.
X: 1
T: Hennessy’s
C: Dave Hennessy
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
de|f2df edcA|B2dB ABde|f2df edcA|B2dB ABde|
f2df edcA|B2dB AGFE|Dddc defd|1edBc d2:|2edBc d3z||
|:BBBA Bcde|fdec dcBA|BBBA Bcde|fdec d3z|
B2FB B2FB|BABc B2Ac|BBBA Bcde|fdec d3z:|