Sheehan’s reel

Also known as The Black-eyed Sailor, The Broom, Joe O’Connell’s Dream, Lord Wellington, Lord Wellington’s, Lord Wellington’s, Ríl Uí Shiodhacháin, Sheean’s, Sheehan, Wellington’s.

There are 79 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Mullingar Races (a few times), The Musical Priest (a few times), The Star Of Munster (a few times), Casey’s Pig (a few times) and The Merry Blacksmith (a few times).

Sheehan’s has been added to 26 tune sets.

Sheehan's has been added to 342 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Sheehan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2BG DGBG|ABcA BGGB|AEAB cBcA|EAAG FDEF|
G2BG DGBd|cBAB cdef|gedB c2Bc|dBcA BGG2:|
|:g2bg dgbg|gbag fdde|=f2af dfaf|gbag =fdd^f|
g2bg dgbg|gbag fdef|(3gfe dB c2Bc|dBcA BGG2:||
X: 2
T: Sheehan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D |:{EF}G2 BG DGBG|ABcA BGGB|AGAB cABG|EAAG FDEF|
{EF}G2 BG DGBd| cBAB cdef|gedB {B}c2 Bc|dBcA BG G2:|
|:g2 bg dgbg|gbag fede|f2 af dfaf|gbag fedf|
g2 bg dgbg|gbag fedf|gedB {B}c2 Bc|dBcA BG G2:|
X: 3
T: Sheehan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
F|G2 B-G DGBG|A^GAB cdec|A^GAB cAAG|FADE FGAF|
G2 B-G DGBG|A^GAB cdef|gedB c2 Bc|(3dcB cA B-G G:|
|:f|g2 b-g dgbg|gbag fdde|f2 a-f dfaf|gbag fdef|
~g3-b ~a3-f|gbag fdef|gedB c2 B-c|(3dcB cA BG G:|
X: 4
T: Sheehan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D |:"G"{EF}G2 BG DGBG|"D7"ABcA "G"BGGB|"Am"AGAB cABG|EAAG "D7"FDEF|
"G"{EF}G2 BG DGBd| "C"cBAB "D7"cdef|"G"gedB "C"{B}c2 Bc|"D7"dBcA "G"BG G2:|
|:"G"g2 bg dgbg|gbag fede|"D"f2 af dfaf|"G"gbag "D7"fedf|
"G"g2 bg dgbg|gbag "D7"fedf|"G"gedB "C"{B}c2 Bc|"D7"dBcA "G"BG G2:|

Seventeen comments

Sheehan’s Reel

Great reel - has a similar start though to "the Peeler’s Jacket", "the Traveller", "Duke of Leinster" - there may even be others. It pays to sit out the first couple of bars of these tunes at a session unless the musician announces his intentions before starting to play!!

Hmmm…I’ve never heard the setting with the fnats in the B part. Common at sessions elsewhere?

I happen to like this tune played as a slow reel, even with fewer eighth notes, just strolling through the bare bones of the thing. Fiddler Laura Risk does this to great effect on her Greenfire cd.

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Sheehan’s Reel

Will, I forgot to mention this - I’ve never come across it played with F naturals in the "B" part either.

Neither have I.

Sheehan’s reel as I know it

Here’s how I learned this reel:

X:1
T: Sheehan’s Reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R:
K: Gmaj

D |:{EF}G2 BG DGBG|ABcA BGGB|AGAB cABG|EAAG FDEF|
{EF}G2 BG DGBd| cBAB cdef|gedB {B}c2 Bc|dBcA BG G2:|
|:g2 bg dgbg|gbag fede|f2 af dfaf|gbag fedf|
g2 bg dgbg|gbag fedf|gedB {B}c2 Bc|dBcA BG G2:|

James Morrison recorded this as Wellington’s in A.

This is just a version of Sheehan’s. But it is a nice version.

just for common knowledge-
lord Wellington was the one who lead the english army and beat Napoleon during the battle of waterlo (1814).

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” Sheehan’s Reel” / “Lord Wellington” ~ reel

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on March 29th 2007 by usedbullfrog.
https://thesession.org/tunes/7010

"This is just a version of Sheehan’s. But it is a nice version."
# Posted on March 29th 2007 by PaddyCmusic

“Sheehan’s” / “Lord Wellington”

There’s enough difference here that it may likely survive the chop… There are now links between the two…

Lord Wellington was born in Ireland & has amonument in Phoenix park but he was quoted as saying ;"Just because you are born in a stable doesn`t make you a horse"

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he was The Duke of Wellington

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So now I know it’s name!
This is a tune that seems to be for ever irritatingly etched in my brain. I never learnt it, never liked it, and it keeps popping up when I’m looking for something else/different to play…
A common weed of sessions…
irradicate! 🙂

Re: Sheehan’s

The version with F-naturals was recorded by Hugh Gillespie in the 1930s and was titled "Joe O’Connell’s Dream".

Sheehan’s, X:4

some chords on X:2