The Red Box reel

Also known as Felix Kearney’s, The Twins.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Red Box has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Red Box has been added to 67 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Red Box
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
af{a}ge {a}fd~d2|cA{c}BG ADDE|{A}EDEG ~A3B|cA (3Bcd ef~g2|
azge {a}fd~d2|cA{c}BG ADDE|{A}EDEG ~A3B|cAGE {A}EDD2:|
|:c3e {a}ge^ce|d^cdf {c'}afde|fgeg {a}fedf|~e3f e^cAB|
c3e {a}ge^ce|d^cdf {c'}afde|fgeg {a}fedB|cAGE {A}EDD2:|
"variations"
|:af{a}ge {a}fd~d2|cA{c}BG AD~D2|{A}FDFG ~A3B|cBAB cdeg|
af{a}ge {a}fd~d2|cA{c}BG AD~D2|{A}FDFG ~A3B|cAGE {A}EDD2:|
|:c2ec {a}ge^ce|d^cdf {c'}afdf|~g2{c'}bg fg{c'}af|edef e=cAB|
cBce {a}ge^ce|d^cdf {c'}afdf|~g2ag {a}fddB|cAGE {A}EDD2:|
X: 2
T: The Red Box
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:afge fdd/d/d|cABG ADD/D/D|~FDFG AGAB|cBAB cdeg|
afge fdd/d/d|cABG ADD/D/D|FDFG AGAB|1cAGE ~EDD2:|2cAG~E EDDB||
|:~cBce gece|d^cdf afdf|gabg fgaf|e^def ecAB|
~cBce gece|d^cdf afdf|g/g/gag fddB|cAGE EDD2:|
X: 3
T: The Red Box
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:afge fd~d2|cABG AD~D2|FDAD FGAB|cAdB cdeg|
afge fd~d2|cABG AD~D2|FDAD FGAB|cAGE EDD2:||
|:cBce ge^ce|d^cdf afdf|g2bg f2af|e^def dcAB|
cBce ge^ce|d^cdf afdf|g2ag fded|cAGE EDD2:|

Five comments

Not often heard

Despite being recorded by Altan, I don’t hear this tune about much, except when I play it. I learned it c. 1979 from Gary Hastings who gave me the title "The Twins". I seem to recall he said it might have been composed by Arty McGlynn.

To clarify, the linear notes of The Red Crow album say that this is a composition of Arty McGlynn.

this one is played at Ceol pub in Reno with some regularity

The Red Box, X:2

Minus the chords and grace notes and other cruft.

The Red Box, X:3

As played by David Brewer on his album "Living Tradition.