Jimmy’s Return reel

Also known as Dunrobin Castle, Forefar Hunt, Jimmys Return, Seámus Meehan’s.

There are 31 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Donald MacLean’s Farewell To Oban (a few times), Iain’s (a few times), Johnny Henry’s (a few times), The Trip To Cullenstown (a few times) and The Wise Maid (a few times).

Jimmy’s Return has been added to 25 tune sets.

Jimmy's Return has been added to 167 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Jimmy's Return
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:fzBcdfed|c/B/Aceaece|~ffBcdfed|B/c/decdB~BB|
|A~BBdfded|c~cceaecA|BcdAB/c/deg|~ffecdB~BA:|
|:A~Bbafaed|c/B/AceaecA|~BBbafaed|B/c/decdBc/B/A|
~BBbafaed|c/B/AceaecA|BcdAB/c/deg|fdecdB~BB:|
X: 2
T: Jimmy's Return
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:f2Bc dfed|cAce aece|f2Bc dfed|cdec dB~B2|
f2Bc dfed|cAce aecA|BcdB cdeg|fedc dB~B2:|
|:f2ba faed|cAce aece|f2ba faed|cdec dB~B2|
f2ba faed|cAce aecA|BcdB cdeg|fedc dB~B2:|
X: 3
T: Jimmy's Return
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: f2Bc dfed | cAeA aece | f2Bc dfed | caec dBB2 |
| f2Bc dfed | cAce aecA | BcdB cdeg | faec dBBA :|
|: B2ba faed | cAeA aecA | B2ba faed | caec dBBA |
| B2ba faed | cAeA aecA | BcdB cdeg | faec dBB2 :|
X: 4
T: Jimmy's Return
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:e2AB cedc|BGBd gdBd|e2AB cedc|BcdB cA A2|
e2AB cedc|BGBd gdBG|ABcA Bcdf|edcB cA A2:||
|:e2ag egdc|BGBd gdBd|e2ag egdc|BcdB cA A2|
e2ag egdc|BGBd gdBG|ABcA Bcdf|edcB cA A2:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: Jimmy's Return
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:f2Bc dfed|cAce aece|f2Bc dfed|cdec dB B2|
f2Bc dfed|cAce aecA|BcdB cdeg|fedc dB B2:||
|:f2ba faed|cAce aece|f2ba faed|cdec dB B2|
f2ba faed|cAce aecA|BcdB cdeg|fedc dB B2:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: Jimmy's Return
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:f2Bf dfBd|cAce aecA|1 f2Bf dfBd|cAec dBBA:|2 BcdB cdea|fdec dBB2|]
|:Bafd dafd|cAce aecA|1 Bafd dafd|cAec dBBc:|2 BcdB cdea|fdec dBB2|]

Ten comments

Third in the Blind Man Reel set

Here’s the third tune in the Blind Man Reel set asked for by Gael Force — courtesy of Conan, who has also posted the second tune in the set (also a Gan Ainm, in A dorian at https://thesession.org/tunes/1297), so I’m afraid we’ve done a bit of cheat to get them both in on the same day, sorry, Jeremy. :)

Oh, I forgot to say…the liner notes on "Time on Our Hands" (Siobhan Peoples and box player Murty Ryan) say that this tune to them strongly resembles the Forfar Hunt.

Jimmy’s Return

As said by The Bumblebees - they learnt it off Box player Seamus Meehan

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Well done, Beebs! :) Thanks for the heads up, Dowsie.

Dunrobin Castle, transcription from Sé.

My transcription of this tune from Sé, Lúnasa (they call it Dunrobin Castle)

X: 1
T: Dunrobin Castle
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Bmin
|:f2Bc dfed|cAce aece|f2Bc dfed|cdec dB~B2|
f2Bc dfed|cAce aecA|BcdB cdeg|fedc dB~B2:|
|:f2ba faed|cAce aece|f2ba faed|cdec dB~B2|
f2ba faed|cAce aecA|BcdB cdeg|fedc dB~B2:|

With spaces

X: 1
T: Jimmy’s Return
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Bmin
|:fzBc dfed|c/B/Ace aece|~ffBc dfed|B/c/dec dB~BB|
|A~BBd fded|c~cce aecA|BcdA B/c/deg|~ffec dB~BA:|
|:A~Bba faed|c/B/Ace aecA|~BBba faed|B/c/dec dBc/B/A|
~BBba faed|c/B/Ace aecA|BcdA B/c/deg|fdec dB~BB:|

Sharon Shannon & the Woodchoppers setting

X:1
T:Jimmy’s Return
S:Sharon Shannon & the Woodchoppers
S:Live in Galway
M:4/4
K:Bm

|: f2Bc dfed | cAeA aece | f2Bc dfed | caec dBB2 |
| f2Bc dfed | cAce aecA | BcdB cdeg | faec dBBA :|
|: B2ba faed | cAeA aecA | B2ba faed | caec dBBA |
| B2ba faed | cAeA aecA | BcdB cdeg | faec dBB2 :|

A Scottish Tune

As Dunrobin Castle is a famous castle in the north of Scotland, it seems that the original tune is coming from there and as a bapipe tune.

It can be listened played by the Tannahil Weavers in 1976 here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhOPdJuLpH8


The notes are not exactly the same as the high B is not available on the great Highlands Bagpipes.