The Belll reel

There is 1 recording of this tune.

The Belll has been added to 1 tune set.

The Belll has been added to 27 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Belll
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
Bcdc ~F2EF|ABcA Bcdc|~F2ce ~f2ec|
Bcdc ~F2EF|ABcA BdcA|~F2 B/c/d edcA:|
|:Bcde f2fe|fac2 Bcdc|~F2ce ~f2ec|
Bcde f2fe|fac2 BdcA|~F2 B/c/d edcA:|
|:deBc- cAEF|~F2 A/B/c d2Bc-|cA~f2 e2 A/B/c|
deBc- cAEF|~F2 A/B/c dcBd|cEFA ~A2cA:|
|:~f2ef a2~f2|efc2 BcBA|F2Bc BAce|
~f2ef a2~f2|efc2 ~a2fe|faBA FcAF:|

Four comments

Trance-like tune from The Olllam

Not one for the traditionalists. On the recording, this F#m reel begins as a jig (at least for the first two parts) and then morphs, Donal Lunny-esque, into a reel with remarkably little change in the sparce accompaniment. A lovely low whistle experience.

Here’s the way the jig works:

T:The Belll
Bcd | cFF EFA | BcA Bcd | cFF ce~f- | fec Bcd |
cFF EFA | BcA Bdc | AFF B/c/de | dcA :|
|: Bcd | ef2 fef | ac2 Bcd | cFF ce~f- | fec Bcd |
ef2 fef | ac2 Bdc | AFF B/c/de | dcA :|

The trick is to play each version with minimal swing and listen to how they morph into each other.

Perhaps I just need to listen to the album more (if that’s even possible), but I’m almost sure this tune is definitely in 3/2. Certainly never a jig.

I think the point is that the tune is a jig in standard 6/8, but the accompaniment is in 3/2 (and the odd bar of 2/2). Which is one of the things that makes it so cool.

Re: The Belll

I always felt this to be in 6/4 which is a meter you find in Breton music, and I think it’s safe to say there’s a fair bit of Breton influence or interest in mcsherry’s playing.
The next track also feels like 6/4, which is very similar to 3/2, and breaks into a waltz as well.
All these interpretations can work. I guess it’s mostly about which notes seem emphasized, which will be different across the various instruments