Bean Dubh An Ghleanna reel

Also known as Bean Dubh A’ Ghleanna, The Dark Woman Of The Glen.

There are 23 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Ewe (a few times).

Bean Dubh An Ghleanna has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Bean Dubh An Ghleanna
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|G>AB>c d>>B G3 B/2d/2|g4 a/2g/2e/2f/2 d3 c/2A/2 B4|
G3 A/2B/2 cB A4 A/2G/2F/2A/2 G6:|(3def g4 (3feg a4|
(3bba g4 (3aag f/2 d2 c/2A/2 B4|G3 B/2d/2 g4 (3efg a4|
bc' b2 a2 g4|(3aag f/2 d2 c/2A/2 B>cAF G4|
(3ABd|g4 a/2g/2e/2f/2 d4 c/2A/2 B4|
G4 A/2B/2 cB A4|A/2G/2F/2A/2|G6||
X: 2
T: Bean Dubh An Ghleanna
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|G3A Bc d2 B<(G|G4) G2 B<d|g2 a3g f<d|c<A B4 GA/B/|
c3B/G/ A3G|FA G4 D2|G3A Bc d2 B<G|(G4 G2) B<d|
g2 a3g f<d|c<A B4 GA/B/|c3B/G/ A3G|FA (G4 G2)||
|d|e<f g>e f<g a2|b>a g2 f<d c<A|B>A (G4 G2) |B<d g>e f>g a2 |
b>a g2 f<d c<A|B>c A>F G4| G2 B<d g2 (a2 |a)g f<d c<A (B2|
B2) G2 A<B (c2 |c)B/G/ A3G FA/F/ |(G4 G4|G4 G4)||
# Added by JACKB .

Four comments

Bean Dubh An Ghleanna (Air)

This is really an Air not a Reel but at 4/4 I did not know where else to put it. A grand old song which when played on the pipes by the likes of Liam O’Flynn would tear the heart out of you.

The hand winding tradition in Sean Nós singing! Thanks Weejie, I’d read about it somewhere but never seen it in action until now.

Liam O’Flynn’s Version

This is as close as I can get to Liam’s version on Piper’s Call.

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