The Rakes Of Clonmel jig

Also known as Ben Kelly’s Delight, Ben Kiely’s Delight, The Boys Of The Lough, Brian Kieley’s Delight.

There are 31 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Brian O’Lynn (a few times), The Gallowglass (a few times) and The Humours Of Drimnagh (a few times).

The Rakes Of Clonmel has been added to 13 tune sets.

The Rakes Of Clonmel has been added to 184 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

X: 1
T: The Rakes Of Clonmel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
cBA BGE|EAA A2B|cBc ABc|BGG G2^f|
g^fg ege|dBG Bcd|ecA dBG|EAA A2:|
a|a^ga A2a|ecA A2^f|g^fg G2g|dBG GAB|
cBc C2c|dcd D2d|edc Bcd|ecA A2a|
aea aed|cBc A2^f|gdg gdc|BAB GAB|
cBc C2c|dcd D2d|edc Bcd|ecA A3||
X: 2
T: The Rakes Of Clonmel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
cBA GED|EAA A2B|cBc edc|BGG GAB|
cBc dcd|edc Bcd|ecA GED|EAA A2B:|
a|:aea aed|cBc ABc|g^fg gdc|BGG GAB|
cBc dcd|edc Bcd|ecA GED|EAA A2a:|
X: 3
T: The Rakes Of Clonmel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
A|:BAG AGF|DEF G2A|BAB c2B|AFE F2f|
{a}fef ded|cAG ABc|dBG (3FED C|1 DEF G2 A:|2 DEF G2 g|
{a}gdg {a}gdc|BGG G2e|~f3 fcB|AFE FGA|
~B3 ~c3|dcB ABc|dBG (3FED C|DEF G2 g:|
~g3 ~g3|afd dde|~f3 g2B|AFE FGA|
~B3 ~c3|dcB ABc|dBG (3FED C|1 DEF G2 g:|2 DEF G2 A:|
X: 4
T: The Rakes Of Clonmel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: Aaa aea | age e2f | gfg ege | dBG GAB |
cBc dcd | edc Bcd | ecA GED | EFG A2G :|
|: aea aed | ^cAA A2f |
# Added by jakep .
X: 5
T: The Rakes Of Clonmel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: A/B/ |cBA GED | EA^G A2 B | cBc Adc | BGF G2 e/d/ |
cBc d^cd | edc Bcd | ecA GED | EA^G A2 :|
|: a |a^ga aed | cA^G A2 B/d/ | gfg gdc | BGF G2 A/B/ |
cBc d^cd | edc B/c/dB | ecA G2 D | EA^G A2 :|
X: 6
T: The Rakes Of Clonmel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A/2B/2|:"Am"cBA "G"GED|"Am"EAA A2B|"C"ccc edc|"G"BGG G2e/2f/2|
"G"ggg "C"efg|"G"dBG Bcd|"Am"ecA "G"GED|1 "Am"EAA A2A/2B/2:|2 "Am"EAA A2a|
"Am"aea aed|"Am"cAA A2e/2f/2|"G"ggg gdc|"G"BGG G2f|
"C"gea gfe|"G"dBG Bcd|"Am"ecA "G"GED|"Am"EAA A2a|
"Am"aea aed|"Am"cAA A2e/2f/2|"G"ggg gdc|"G"BGG G2B|
"C"cBc d^cd|"C"edc Bcd|"Am"ecA "G"GED|"Am"EAA A2B|"Am"Aaa aaa|
"Em"bge e2f|"G"ggg "Em"bge|"G"dBG G2B|"C"cBc "G"ddd|
"C"efe "G"Bcd|"Am"ecA "G"GED|"Am"EAA A2A/2B/2|
"Am"cBA "G"GED|"Am"EAA A2B|"C"ccc edc|"G"BGG G2e/2f/2|
"G"ggg "C"efg|"G"dBG Bcd|"Am"ecA "G"GED|"Am"EAA A3|
X: 7
T: The Rakes Of Clonmel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
E|ABA GFG|EAA A2B|cBc Adc|BGG G2f|
gfe dBG|GAG Bcd|efe Ace|dBG A2:|
|:e|a2a aga|ecA A2f|gag gfe|dBG GAB|
c2c E2E|d2d E2E|efe Ace|dBG A2:|
|:c/d/|ecc A2c|ecc A2B/c/|dBB GBB|dBB GAB|
c2c E2E|d2d E2E|efe Ace|dBG A2:|]
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 8
T: The Rakes Of Clonmel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
cBA BAG|EAA A2B|cBc Adc|BGF G3|
gfg age|dcB g2f|edc Bcd|1e^cA fed:||2e^cA A2^g||
ae^c ae^c|A^GB A2f|gdB gdB|GFA GAB|
cBc d^cd|e^de a2g|edc Bcd|1e^cA A2^g:||2e^cA fed||
X: 9
T: The Rakes Of Clonmel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: A/B/ | cBA GED | EAA A2 B | cBc edc | BGG G2 e/f/ |
gfg efg | dBG Bcd | ecA GED | EAA A2 :|
|: c | a2b a2a | ede ~g3 | Aab aec | def gdB |
a2b a2a | ede ~g3 | e=fe dcB | cAG A2 :|
X: 10
T: The Rakes Of Clonmel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
B |: cBA GED | EAA A2B | cBc edc | BGG GAB |
cBc dcd | edc Bcd | ecA GED | EAA A2 :|
a|: aea aed | cBc ABc | g^fg gdc | BGG GAB |
cBc dcd | edc Bcd | ecA GED | EAA A2 :|

Sixteen comments

Found this in an old collection of New England fiddle music. The frequent octave leaps are a feature.
-m

This tune is also found in O’Neill 1850 as #902, where it is alos known as Boys of the Lough (jig). The O’Neill version doesn’t have the numerous octave leaps.
-m

John Williams’s setting, partially, more or less:

cBA GED|EAA A2B|cBc edc|BGG GAB|
cBc dcd|edc Bcd|ecA GED|EAA A2B:|
a|:aea aed|cBc ABc|g^fg gdc|BGG GAB|
cBc dcd|edc Bcd|ecA GED|EAA A2a:|

It’s treacherously close, but I think we’re probably going to play it with The White Petticoat following.

Rakes of Clonmel - Canny setting

Here is Paddy Canny’s setting of the tune. I got this from the Patrick Ourceau workshop at the EC Tionol. Patrick said that Paddy likes to play this with his Gdor setting of The Cliffs of Moher although, on his Traditional Music From The Legendary East Clare Fiddler recording, he plays it after The Gallowglass.

K: GDor
A|:BAG AGF|DEF G2A|BAB c2B|AFE F2f|
{a}fef ded|cAG ABc|dBG (3FED C|1 DEF G2 A:|2 DEF G2 g|
{a}gdg {a}gdc|BGG G2e|~f3 fcB|AFE FGA|
~B3 ~c3|dcB ABc|dBG (3FED C|DEF G2 g:|
~g3 ~g3|afd dde|~f3 g2B|AFE FGA|
~B3 ~c3|dcB ABc|dBG (3FED C|1 DEF G2 g:|2 DEF G2 A:|

Ken

“New England Fiddler’s Repertoire” ~ T.J.’s source

Pulled together by Randy Miller & Jack Perron
1983 / 2nd edition 2003

Page 31: "Rakes of Clonmel"

Second Edition, what’s new: "Easier-to-read music typesetting, chords added, index by key, list of alternate titles, decorated with over two dozen Randy Miller wood engravings, including "A Time to Dance"."

~ another Randy Miller publication:
"Irish Traditional Fiddle Music"

Altan’s track “Australian Waters” on the “Runaway Sunday” album

A quick thankyou to "Lazyhound" and "FiddleMeThis"! I’ve spent most of this afternoon hunting for the title to the third tune in the above-named set. It certainly seems to be an arr’t of this tune; though playing only parts A and B. Oddly enough as I listened to it more closely I also thought it’d sound well after the Gallowglass.

London button accordionist Joe Whelan plays this with a 3rd part, that goes like this:
|: Aaa aea | age e2f | gfg ege | dBG GAB |
cBc dcd | edc Bcd | ecA GED | EFG A2G :|

He also plays a C# in the 2nd part, like this:
|: aea aed | ^cAA A2f | etc.

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“The Rakes of Clonmel”

X: 5
T: Rakes Of Clonmel, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Ador
|: A/B/ |\
cBA GED | EA^G A2 B | cBc Adc | BGF G2 e/d/ |
cBc d^cd | edc Bcd | ecA GED | EA^G A2 :|
|: a |\
a^ga aed | cA^G A2 B/d/ | gfg gdc | BGF G2 A/B/ |
cBc d^cd | edc B/c/dB | ecA G2 D | EA^G A2 :|

Altan

i think altan play this tune on their album runaway sun day, in the set starting with australian waters…

The Rakes Of Clonmel, X:7

This interesting setting appears in O’Farrell’s Pocket Companion for the Irish or Union Pipes, vol. 1, 1806, p. 48.

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The Rakes Of Clonmel, X:8

This version is in the "Northern Fiddler" as "Unknown Reel" from the playing of Con Cassidy.

Re: The Rakes Of Clonmel

Sorry, "Untitled Jig" of course