Jim Kelly’s reel

Also known as A Night In Ennis, The Ash Plant No. 2, The Ash Plant, The Ashplant, Bobby Gardiner’s, Cronin’s, Dick Sherlock’s, Dickie Sherlock’s, Dicky Sherlock’s, John Brennan’s, Matt Molloy’s, Matt Molloys, The Night In Ennis, Packie Duignan’s, Reel On Mandolin, Roger Sherlock’s, Sean McGuire’s, Sherlocks, Thatcher’s Mallet, The Tipperary Fancy.

There are 50 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Belles Of Tipperary (a few times), Down The Broom (a few times), The Ashplant (a few times), The Cock And The Hen (a few times) and Farewell To Ireland (a few times).

Jim Kelly’s has been added to 12 tune sets.

Jim Kelly's has been added to 224 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Jim Kelly's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|AF (3FFF BFAF|DEFA BABd|eB (3BBB egfe|dfed BedB|
AF (3FFF BFAF|DEFA BABd|egfg (3efg dB|AFGE D2dB|
AF (3FFF BFAF|DEFA BABd|eB (3BBB GB (3BBB|dfed BedB|
AF (3FFF BFAF|DEFA BABd|egfg efdB|AFGE D2 (3AAA||
dcde fefg|af (3bbg afdf|eB (3BBB gB (3BBB|fedf edBd|
AF {G}(3FEF AB df|(3aba ^gb afdf|=gafg efdB|AFGE D2 (3AAA|
dcde f3g|(3agf bf afdf|eB (3BBB gB (3BBB|fedf edBd|
AF {G}(3FEF AB df|ab^gb afdf|=g2fg efdB|AFGE D2||
X: 2
T: Jim Kelly's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|AFF2 BFAF|DEFA BABd|eBB2 egfe|dfed BedB|
AFF2 BFAF|DEFA BABd|egfg efdB|AFGE D2:|
|:A2|d3e fefg|afbf afdf|eBB2 gBB2|fedf edBd|
AFF2 ABdf|aba^g afdf|=g2fg efdB|AFGE D2:||
X: 3
T: Jim Kelly's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB[|:AF~F2 BdAF|DEFA BABd|eB~B2 egfe|dfed BcdB|!
AF~F2 BdAF|DEFA BABd|g2fg efdB|1AFEF D2dB:|2AFGE D2FA|]!
|:dcde fefg|afbf afdf|eB~B2 gB~B2|fedf efdB|!
AF~F2 ABdf|a2bf afdf|g2fg efdB|1AFEF D2FA:|2AFGE D2dB|]!
X: 4
T: Jim Kelly's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ADFB AFEF | D2 FA BABd | eB B/B/B egfe | dfed BcdB |
ADFB AFEF | D2 FA BABd | egfe dBAG | FAEG FD D2 :|
dcde fefg | a2 ba afdf | gB B/B/B efge | fedf edBd |
AFAB defg | a2 ba afdf | e/f/g fe dBAG | FAEG FD D2 :|

Twenty-one comments

Jim Kelly’s

Found this in an old US(?) collection of fiddle music. It appears to a transcription of a performance, but I do not know who the player was.
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This is an unornamented version of the tune (same key):

dB|AFF2 BFAF|DEFA BABd|eBB2 egfe|dfed BedB|
AFF2 BFAF|DEFA BABd|egfg efdB|AFGE D2:|
|:A2|d3e fefg|afbf afdf|eBB2 gBB2|fedf edBd|
AFF2 ABdf|aba^g afdf|=g2fg efdB|AFGE D2:||

-m

Jim Kelly’s

Does anyone else know this tune as "Dicky Sherlock’s" or "Dicky Scarlogue’s" ? Mick Moloney has it as a Sligo reel on mandolin on his first solo recording "We Have Met Together". Lovely tune.

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I have Mick Moloney’s recording on a 4-CD Irish music compilation, which gives it simply as ‘Reel on Mandolin’. Henrik Norbeck has the name of this tune as The Ashplant, but there is also another reel, in E minor, which goes by that name.

I know this as The Night in Ennis

I know this as "The Night in Ennis": got it off a recording of Vincent Griffin. He plays the C major Maid Behind the Bar after it (and so now do I). For me the Ashplant’s the one in E minor.

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Brian Rooney recorded this tune as "John Brennan’s" together with Frankie Gavin on the flute and John Carty on the banjo. Even more confusingly Siobhan Peoples and P. J. King did it as "Bobby Gardiner’s" on "Sanctuary Sessions." Whatever the name, it’s a great tune.

Jim Kelly’s Reel

I think Trevor Jennings, when he mentioned above that the tune came from an old (US) collection of fiddle music, is referring to "Irish Traditional Fiddle Music." Originally published 1977 in New Hampshire, a new edition has just been released. http://www.randymillerprints.com/fiddletunebooks.htm

Jim Kelly played this tune on tenor banjo at a concert in the early ’70s at Harvard University. At the time, he lived in Newtonville, Mass. His peformance was so electrifiying, and the tune so appealing, we just had to include it in the book. I’ve played it since then under this title, to commemorate the banjo player.

Kelly’s / McGuire’s / Sherlock’s / Gardiner’s / Brennan’s Reel? I give up…

I got it as "Sean McGuire’s", off "Flute For The Feis", an album featuring piccolo player John Doonan.

All these other players’ names for it…I wonder if the ancient kings of Ireland thrashed out definitive tune names, among their other business, when they met at Tara.I guess I’ll just have to follow one strand of traditional practice and call it "THAT one …"

Jim Kelly’s

Mick Moloney’s comments on the sleeve of his "We Have Met Together" (1973):

"This is a Sligo reel, but not even the Sligo musicians of my acquaintance could enlighten as to its correct title."

Dickie Sherlock’s

Whatever the name, I’ think we’ll all agree that this is one great reel! It was originally introduced to our session as Matt Molloy’s but after much debate and argument a consensus developed that Dickie Sherlock’s was the name most commonly associated with the tune.

Also on Border Collies’ Unleashed as "John Brennan’s".

John Brennan’s

On the Edel Fox/Ronan O’Flaherty album, it’s listed as John Brannan’s. Great tune!

Coleman’s

A lot of the musicians around Athlone call this tune ‘Coleman’s’

Apparently they got this name from a music teacher who was in town a few years ago who seems to have taught everyone except me!

Thatcher’s Mallet

On the CD "As we got them - Traditional flute and fiddle music from County Sligo", this tune is recorded as "Thatcher’s Mallet". James McDonagh and Jimmy Murphy play the set "Thatcher’s Mallet/Last Night’s Fun". According to the copyright, the CD has been released in 2005. Lovely stuff.

Re: Jim Kelly’s

I’m a bit confused as to the way the notation is done here, ie
(3fff triplets?
(3efg fretted triplets?
D2 hold note for 2 beats?
{G}?
ab^gb?
=gafg?

Any help much appreciated cheers

Jim Kelly’s, X:3

Mary MacNamara playing.

Jim Kelly’s, X:4

A lively setting played by accordionist Nicol McLaren of Blairgowrie on the Glencraig Dance Band’s 2006 album ‘Are Ye Dancin?’.