O’Dwyer’s reel

There is 1 recording of this tune.

O’Dwyer’s appears in 2 other tune collections.

O'Dwyer's has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: O'Dwyer's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
G|FADA FADA|FAAB A2 (GF)|GBEB GBEB|GBBc B2 (AG)|
FADA FADA|FAAB A2 (GF)|EFGB ABcA|d2 AG FDDG|
AGAB c2 (AB)|cBAG (FD) D2|Addc d2 (Ac)|d2 AG FD D2|
AGAB c2 (AB)|cBAG FDDC|DEFG ABcA|d2 AG (FD)DG|

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O’Dwyer’s Reel

This is number 552 in O’Neill’s.

I’ve just started learning the fiddle, and this is a great one for beginners because it’s almost entirely on the two middle strings, and the bowing is quite simple.

Nice tune, but are the parts supposed to repeat? If so, you need repeat barlines. Also, the turnaround from the 1st to the 2nd part has one note missing. I suspect the abc should be like this:

X: 1
T: O’Dwyer’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
G|FADA FADA|FAAB A2 (GF)|GBEB GBEB|GBBc B2 (AG)|
FADA FADA|FAAB A2 (GF)|EFGB ABcA|d2 AG FDD:|
|:G|AGAB c2 (AB)|cBAG (FD) D2|Addc d2 (Ac)|d2 AG FD D2|
AGAB c2 (AB)|cBAG FDDC|DEFG ABcA|d2 AG (FD)D:|

If I’m right, then you are the only one who can edit the abc. Go to "edit abc" and you’ll be able to change it before the webmaster converts it into sheetmusic and sets it in stone for eternity.

"O’Dwyer’s Reel" in O’Neill’s - this transcription’s origin, exactly as given

No repeats there, but it wouldn’t be the first time something was missed or not quite right…

X: 1
T: O’Dwyer’s
S: "O’Neill’s 1001 Gems: The Dance Music of Ireland", 1907, page 102, tune #552
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
G |\
FADA FADA | FAAB A2 (GF) | GBEB GBEB | GBBc B2 (AG) |
FADA FADA | FAAB A2 (GF) | EFGB ABcA | d2 AG FDD ||
AGAB c2 (AB) | cBAG (FD) D2 | Addc d2 (Ac) | d2 AG FD D2 |
AGAB c2 (AB) | cBAG FDDC | DEFG ABcA | d2 AG (FD)D |]

My guess ~ it’ a single reel - without repeats, as given…

~ as the penultimate and last bar of both parts are in agreement, basically the same ~

~ | EFGB ABcA | d2 AG FDD ||
~ | DEFG ABcA | d2 AG (FD)D |]

I still think it’d be better as a double, but if transcribed as a single, you still need enough notes to make the bars up. Starting the 2nd part one note early sounds strange.

X: 1
T: O’Dwyer’s
S: "O’Neill’s 1001 Gems: The Dance Music of Ireland", 1907, page 102, tune #552
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
G | FADA FADA | FAAB A2 (GF) | GBEB GBEB | GBBc B2 (AG) |
FADA FADA | FAAB A2 (GF) | EFGB ABcA | d2 AG FDDG ||
AGAB c2 (AB) | cBAG (FD) D2 | Addc d2 (Ac) | d2 AG FD D2 |
AGAB c2 (AB) | cBAG FDDC | DEFG ABcA | d2 AG (FD)D ||

That 2nd part is very Copperplatey.

"O’Neill’s Music of Ireland" ~ the corrected version

Oh yeah, another case of a missing note. πŸ˜€

X: 1
T: O’Dwyer’s
S: "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland", 1903, page 242, tune #1287
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
G |\
FADA FADA | FAAB A2 (GF) | GBEB GBEB | GBBc B2 (AG) |
FADA FADA | FAAB A2 (GF) | EFGB ABcA | d2 AG FD D2 ||
AGAB c2 (AB) | cBAG (FD) D2 | Addc d2 (Ac) | d2 AG FD D2 |
AGAB c2 (AB) | cBAG FDDC | DEFG ABcA | d2 AG (FD) D |]

That kind of confirms the single reel identity don’t yuh think? πŸ˜€ But it has never stopped anyone from doubling parts before if they had a notion to.

I should have pulled out the rest of the O’Neills, but then there was the risk it would all start an avalanche, spill my espresso everywhere, smash a few instruments and trap me under it all where I’d slowly lost consciousness and eventually just shrivel away. Unless the fairy folk under the desk were willing to lend a hand… πŸ˜‰

Corrections to ceolachan’s messy transcription

I just hate the way you separate off the anacrusis like it’s not part of the tune and the phrasing! Not to mention the fact that if you run it through sheetmusic converters, it prints a whole bar on one line and ends up looking silly! It annoys the hell out of me when you do that!

X: 1
T: O’Dwyer’s
S: "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland", 1903, page 242, tune #1287
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
G | FADA FADA | FAAB A2 (GF) | GBEB GBEB | GBBc B2 (AG) |
FADA FADA | FAAB A2 (GF) | EFGB ABcA | d2 AG FD D2 ||
AGAB c2 (AB) | cBAG (FD) D2 | Addc d2 (Ac) | d2 AG FD D2 |
AGAB c2 (AB) | cBAG FDDC | DEFG ABcA | d2 AG (FD) D |]

Ok maybe we can make a deal. I’ll start putting spaces either side of my barlines if you ditch your orphaned anacruses. Deal or no deal?

As to the question of single vs. double, I don’t think there’s enough repetition between the 1st 4 bars and 2nd 4 bars of the A-part to make a nice single. But you know me, I can’t resist a challenge πŸ˜‰

X: 1
T: O’Dwyer’s
S: "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland", 1903, page 242, tune #1287
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel (a single one)
K: Dmaj
FADA FADA | FAAB A2 GF | EFGB ABcA | d2 AG FDDG :|
AGAB =c2 AB | =cBAG FDDF | Addc d2 Ac | d2 AG FDDG |
AGAB =c2 AB | =cBAG FDDF | EFGB ABcA | d2 AG FDDG ||

And of course, the obligatory fling conversion πŸ™‚

X: 1
T: O’Dwyer’s
S: "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland", 1903, page 242, tune #1287
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: highland fling
K: Dmaj
F>AD2 F>AD2 | F<AA>B A2 G>F | E>FG>B A>B (3cBA | d2 A>G F<D D2 :|
A2 A>B =c2 A>B | =c>BA>G F<DD>F | A<dd>c d2 (3ABc | d2 A>G F<DD>G |
A2 A>B =c2 A>B | =c>BA>G F<DD>F | E>FG>B A>B (3cBA | (3def (3edc d>B A>G ||

Hey, it only takes a couple of bars worth, but I was avoiding the temptation to fling it about… And no, no orphaned anacrusis, that D leads back into the G, and around and around it goes… Though one would generally finish it off with a long D2 ~ However, it wasn’t my transcription, that’s the way it is given in O’Neill’s, both collections… πŸ˜€ I was avoiding any ‘adjustments’… But finishing on DG is just daft, better, as would be most conventions, to finish on the tonic… And I take it that O’Neill’s lead-in with that - - - G |\ was with intention… I know I’d start it that way, sliding up to the G and then on to FADA FADA ~ or something along those lines…

So, come on, while I’m avoiding giving it my own take, let’s see more of yours, single or double, though you’ve made a good start with the single and the fling, though so far I prefer the O’Neill transcription… But now I have further support for my inclination to not fling it about… πŸ˜›

G |\

Oh, and no, as far as my experience, the back slash ~ \ ~ works just fine on ALL the converters I use. Maybe there are a few dinosaur converters that don’t recognize it? However, if you were to not use it then there would be a problem… That’s if you left out that back slash… πŸ˜€

Go on, try ‘concertina dot net’s’… I dare you…

So I take it it’s "no deal"? πŸ™‚

I love seeing the mirrored bars above and below one another in ABCs, then you can also see the variations as well, if given, the ‘agreement’ within a melody. So, no, as I know it works just fine when you feed it into a converter. However, I have screwed up in the past and forgotten to add the \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\…

In that case I’ll continue to pack my barlines and notes together so closely that you have to rewrite my abc and use a magnifying glass to be able to read it! πŸ˜‰

Pity an old soul… πŸ˜‰

ceoloachan and Dr. Dow - you need to get out more! ;)

Too late to change it now anyway… I was out at a session and the webmaster converted it to sheetmusic while I was gone.

I reckon it’s a single reel.

Hye Nick, we were enjoying giving it a go, but while all this was happening I was also out and about on a hike building up necessary vitamin D, and worrying over bills, and making meals, dinner just finished, mackerel and mash, one of my wife’s favourites, with veggies too of course. There’s great mackerel fishing all around the coast of Ireland, and off the islands… I do miss that.

Nice catch and comparisons Nigel, further on from Dow…

ceolachan, you are the king of multi-tasking. Nigel, you’re right… if you play C naturals parts of it are very ‘Rakish Paddy’.

How come Nigel gets all the credit for my comment about the copperplates? πŸ™‚

O’Dwyer’s Reel

"How come Nigel gets all the credit…"

Sorry, Dow - I missed your "Copperplatey" comment earlier on.

Hey! I credited you! "~ further on from Dow"… πŸ˜‰

LOL ok I feel valued now. Thanks πŸ˜‰

I like to repeat things.

I like to repeat things.

But I prefer this as a single. πŸ™‚

Better second half in this one, to my tastes. Maybe I’ll repeat that part and make it a single-and-a-half!

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