Eileen Curran reel

Also known as Eileen Curran’s, Eileen Curren, Eillie Curran’s, John Stewart, The Sailor’s Return, Sailors Set On Shore.

There are 76 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Lady Anne Montgomery (lots of times), The Shaskeen (lots of times), The Bucks Of Oranmore (lots of times), The Bag Of Spuds (a few times) and Maud Millar (a few times).

Eileen Curran has been added to 25 tune sets.

Eileen Curran has been added to 346 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Eileen Curran
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
|:BAGF DFGB|AFcF dFcA|BAGF DFGA|BABc dgga|
|bgaf gfde|fdcB AFGA |BAGF DFGA|1 (3Bcd cA BGGA:|2 (3Bcd cA BGG^f||
|:g2 g^f gbag|=f2 fe fgaf|g2 g^f ~g3 a|bga=f dgga|
|bgaf gfde|fdcB AFGA|BAGF DFGA|1 (3Bcd cA BGG^f:|2 BdcA BGG2||
# Added .
X: 2
T: Eileen Curran
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
BAGF DGGB|AFcF dFcF|BAGF DGGA|BABc dgga|
bga^f gdde|fdcB AF F2|BAGF DGGA|BdcA BG G2:|
|:G2 g2 gagf|F2 f2 fgfd|_E2 g2 E2 ga|bgaf dgga|
bga^f gdde|fdcB AFFA|BAGF DGGA|B/c/d cA BG G2:|
X: 3
T: Eileen Curran
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
cBAG EAAc|BGdG eGdG|cBAG EAAB|cBcd eaab|
(3c'ba bg agef|gedc BGGB|cBAG EAAB|1 cedB cAAB:|2 cedB cAA2||
|:a2ag ac'ba|g2gf gabg|eaag a3b|(3c'ba bg eaab|
(3c'ba bg agef|gedc BGGB|cBAG EAAB|1 cedB cAA2:|2 cedB cAAB||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: Eileen Curran
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|:BAGF DGGB|AFcF dFcF|BAGF DGGA|BABc dggb|
|bgaf gdde|fdcB AF F2|BAGF DGGA|BdcA BG G2:|
|:G2g2 gagf|F2f2 fgfd|E2 g2 E2 ga|bgaf dgga|
bgaf gdde|fdcB AF F2|BAGF DGGA|BdcA BG G2:|
X: 5
T: Eileen Curran
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
d | B<GG>F D<GG>B | A<Fc<F d<FA>c | B<GG>F D<GG>A | B>AB>c d<gg>a |
b<ga<^f g<d=f<c | e/d/c/B/ fB A<Fc>d | B<GG>F D<GG>A | B/A/B/c/ d/c/B/A/ BGG ||
B | G<g gf/g/ G<gB<g | F<fd<f c<fA<F | G<g gf/g/ B<gd<g | b<ag>^f g/g/g g>a |
b<ga<d g<ef<B | e<cd<g ^F<dD>c | B<GG>F D<GG>g | f/e/d/c/ d/c/B/A/ BGG ||
X: 6
T: Eileen Curran
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
GFED E3G|FDAD BDAD|GFED E3F|GFGA Beef|
(3gfe fd edBc|dBAG FDDF|GFED E3F|1 GBAF GEEF:|2 GBAF GEE2||
|:e3d egfe|d3c defd|Beed e3f|(3gfe fd Beef|
(3gfe fd edBc|dBAG FDDF|GFED E3F|1 GBAF GEE2:|2 GBAF GEEF||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: Eileen Curran
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
GFED B,EEG | FDAD BDAD | GFED (3B,CD EF | GFGA Beef |
(3gfe fd eBBc | dBAG FD D2 | GFED (3B,CD EF | GBAF GE E2 ||
Eeed efed | Dddc defd | Eeed Beed | (3gfe fd Beef |
(3gfe (3fed eBBc | dBAG FD D2 | GFED (3B,CD EF | GBAF GE E2 |]

Nineteen comments

Eileen Curran

This is a fairly straightforward version of Eileen Curran suitable for sessioning. Listen to Martin Hayes on The Lonseome Touch for ideas on variations—there’s no shortage of opportunities for placing triplets, drawing out single notes, double stopping, etc. On the B part, fiddlers can try double stopping the long fnatural in measure two with the open A string, then holding the Bflat to ring with the long g in the next measure. And watch the switch between fsharp and fnatural in the B part—this takes a little practice but it’s integral to the tune’s cutting sadness. Try putting a Gmajor tune before or after Eileen Curran for a nice change.

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Eileen Curran ( also called: The Sailor’s Return)

ALso a straightforward arrangement learned from Irish sessions in Baltimore Maryland in the mid-70’s…also the tune is the last in a nice medley opening with Kilarney Boys of Pleasure/Bag of Spuds and then this one called: The Sailors Return ( the alternative name for Eileen Curran) This tune has a strong driving accompaniment by Robin Bullock on cittern.

Eileen Curran/The Soldier’s Return/ The Sailor’s Return

I have just come across the tune called Eileen Curran that was submitted by Will Harmon. Can anyone tell me where it originated? Who wrote it? Where? When?

Re: Eileen Curran/The Soldier’s Return/ The Sailor’s Return

Well, it’s in O’Neill’s, so it dates back to at least 1907. No doubt much older than that, and the composer is unknown, to the best of my knowledge (which doesn’t mean much).

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Re: Eileen Curran/The Soldier’s Return/ The Sailor’s Return

Alan Ng gives 1903 as his earliest known date for the appearance of this tune (likely in O’Neill’s The Music of Ireland, which pre-dated his Dance Music of Ireland by 4 years).

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Re: Eileen Curran/The Soldier’s Return/ The Sailor’s Return

P.S. Just so you know, this sort of discussion would be better off in the comments section of the tune itself. Which is where you’ll soon find it once Jeremy sees it here and punts it. Plenty of us regularly check in on the comments in the tune archives—so no worries about asking questions there. Nothing goes unnoticed. :o)

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Re: Eileen Curran/The Soldier’s Return/ The Sailor’s Return

Thanks so much for the information Will and sorry for posting this in the wrong area!

Re: Eileen Curran/The Soldier’s Return/ The Sailor’s Return

From Fiddler’s Companion:

Paul Cranford (1997) finds this to be a reel setting of Robert MacIntosh’s 18th century strathspey “Lady Dalrymple.”

Eileen Curran/The Soldier’s Return/The Sailor’s Return/Sailors Set on Shore

This is a great tune. I played it just yesterday with a fine bunch of musicians in the hallway at the 62nd annual NEFFA Festival in Natick, Mass.

I know it as "Sailors Set on Shore" and recorded it under that name with the New Hampshire Fiddler’s Union in 1989 on our album, "The Music of John Taggart." Taggart, a fiddler from Sharon, New Hampshire, had included it (along with about 75 other tunes) in his 1938 memoir. He learned his tunes from his father and other local fiddlers.

I discovered that "Sailors Set on Shore" appears in Elias Howe’s tune book, "School for the Fife" (Boston, 1851). Taggart’s version is identical, and he must have been familiar with Howe’s book. So here is the Taggart/Howe version of the tune. Except for the Eb notes in the 3rd measure of the B part, which make it a really distinctive version, the tune is the same as Eileen Curran.

X:1
T:Sailors Set on Shore
S:The memoir of John Taggart’s (1854-1943)
M:C|
L:1/8
K:F
BAGF DGGB|AFcF dFcF|BAGF DGGA|BABc dgga|
bga^f gdde|fdcB AF F2|BAGF DGGA|BdcA BG G2:|
|:G2 g2 gagf|F2 f2 fgfd|_E2 g2 E2 ga|bgaf dgga|
bga^f gdde|fdcB AFFA|BAGF DGGA|B/c/d cA BG G2:|

Commonly played in Ador

This is an A dorian tune for all the flute players except Paddy Carty. I believe it was originally the custom only among a few East Galway and East Clare fiddlers to play it in G dorian.

A Minor

X: 1
T:Eileen Curran #2
M:C|
L:1/8
R:reel
K:Ador
cBAG EAAc|BGdG eGdG|cBAG EAAB|cBcd eaab|
(3c’ba bg agef|gedc BGGB|cBAG EAAB|1 cedB cAAB:|2 cedB cAA2||
|:a2ag ac’ba|g2gf gabg|eaag a3b|(3c’ba bg eaab|
(3c’ba bg agef|gedc BGGB|cBAG EAAB|1 cedB cAA2:|2 cedB cAAB||

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Sailors on Shore

From Ira Ford’s book Traditional Music in America. Pub.1940
X:1
T: Sailors on Shore
M:C
A:reel
L:1/8
K:Gmin
|:BAGF DGGB|AFcF dFcF|BAGF DGGA|BABc dggb|
|bgaf gdde|fdcB AF F2|BAGF DGGA|BdcA BG G2:|
|:G2g2 gagf|F2f2 fgfd|E2 g2 E2 ga|bgaf dgga|
bgaf gdde|fdcB AF F2|BAGF DGGA|BdcA BG G2:|

Eileen Curran (reel)

Here’s "Lady Dalrymple" for comparison:

X:970
T:Lady Dalrymple (North Berwick’s) Strathspey
S:The Mackintosh Collections
Z:Nigel Gatherer
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:Gm
d | B<GG>F D<GG>B | A<Fc<F d<FA>c | B<GG>F D<GG>A | B>AB>c d<gg>a |
b<ga<^f g<d=f<c | e/d/c/B/ fB A<Fc>d | B<GG>F D<GG>A | B/A/B/c/ d/c/B/A/ BGG ||
B | G<g gf/g/ G<gB<g | F<fd<f c<fA<F | G<g gf/g/ B<gd<g | b<ag>^f g/g/g g>a |
b<ga<d g<ef<B | e<cd<g ^F<dD>c | B<GG>F D<GG>g | f/e/d/c/ d/c/B/A/ BGG ||

Eileen Curran

A cracking tune. I’ve dropped the key to Em and it sounds great on the fiddle - more box friendly, too.

Eileen Curran

Fintan Vallelly plays a version of this on flute on Siar an Bothar TV programme from the 1990`s he calls Sean Ryan`s version of Eileen Curran. It`s a bit tighter than the usual version but still lovely.

Eileen Curran, X:7

This setting is slightly lower pitched than the others here (might suit fiddlers who are nervous of their high ‘B’s’!) It was taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch.

Re: Eileen Curran

I recently got a very good tune book from Paul Cranford called ‘The Cape Breton Scottish Collection’.
It contains Cape Breton settings of tunes from older published Scottish tune books.
While playing through the tunes in that book, I came upon "Lady Dalrymple’s Strathspey" and
immediately realized that it is the ancestor (probably the original?) of Eileen Curran’s.

Here is a bandcamp link to the tune (played as a strathspey on mandolin):
https://stuartmason.bandcamp.com/track/lady-hamilton-dalrymples-strathspey-the-old-falls-of-richmond

According to the Traditional Tune Archive, it was composed by Robert Macintosh and published
by him in Edinburgh in 1793.

Re: Eileen Curran

Hello ithaca-markb. If you read the other comments above, you’ll get some more information about some of the background of the tune.