The Sunny Banks reel

Also known as Flowers Of Ballymote, The Flowers Of Ballymote Highland, The Flowers Of Ballymote, The Hills Of Lurriga, Ná Bruachanna Gréine, The Old Sunny Banks, The Sunny Banks Highland Fling, Top It Off, Tulla Favourite.

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The Sunny Banks appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Sunny Banks has been added to 40 tune sets.

The Sunny Banks has been added to 290 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Sunny Banks
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B|:AFF2 d2cA|B/c/dAF G3B|AFF2 d2cA|1 B/c/dAF DEFB:|2 B/c/dAF D3e||
|:fded cAA2|fdef g2ag|fded cAA2|1 B/c/dAF D3e:|2 B/c/dAF DEFG||"Last" B/c/dAF D3||
2
X: 2
T: The Sunny Banks
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B|:A~F3 d2 cA|BdAF ~G3B|A~F3 d2 cA|1 (3Bcd AG FDDB:|2 (3Bcd AG GDDg||
|:fded cAAg|fdef g2 ag|fded cAed|1 (3Bcd AG FDDg:|2 (3Bcd AG FDDB||
B|AF (3FFF dFcA|(3Bcd AF GBAG|DFAF (3ddd AB|dBAG FDDB|
dB|A~F3 [d3D3] c|BdAF (3GAG FG|(3ABA FA [dD]BAF|GBAG FDDB|
B|A~F3 dAcA|BdAF GECE|DFAF d2 eg|fdAG FDDB|
g|fded cdAd|fdef g2 ag|fded cdAd|(3Bcd AG FDDg|
g|fded cAag|fd (3eef g2 ag|faed cAAF|GBAG FDDg||
# Added .
3
X: 3
T: The Sunny Banks
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AF (3FFF d2 cA|BGAF GFGB|AF (3FFF dBcA|BGAF DEFG|
AF ~F2 d2 cA|BFAF (3GGG GB|AF ~F2 d2 cA|BFAF d3||
fded cA A2|fdef gbag|(3fgf ed cA (3AAA|BFAF D3 e|
(3fff ed cA (3AAA|(3ffd ef g2 ag|fged cA ~A2|BGAF DEFG||
A>F ~F2 d2 c>A|B>FA>F d3 e||
f>ge>d c>A ~A2|B>GA>F D>EF>G||
4
X: 4
T: The Sunny Banks
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AFF2 d2cA|(3Bcd AF G3B|AFF2 d2cA|(3Bcd AF DEFB|
AFF2 d2cA|(3Bcd AF G3B|AFF2 d2cA|(3Bcd AF D3g||
fded cAA2|fdef g2ag|fded cAA2|(3Bcd AF D3g|
fded cAA2|fdef g2ag|fded cAA2|(3Bcd AF D3B||
# Added by JACKB .

Six comments

Here is one of the simplest of reels but fun nevertheless. The challenge is to vary it in such a way as to avoid it sounding tedious.

This tune lends itself to variation, Here are a few ideas (unabashedly biased toward fiddle ‘cause that’s what I play).

T: The Sunny Banks
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
B|:A~F3 d2 cA|BdAF ~G3B|A~F3 d2 cA|1 (3Bcd AG FDDB:|2 (3Bcd AG GDDg||
|:fded cAAg|fdef g2 ag|fded cAed|1 (3Bcd AG FDDg:|2 (3Bcd AG FDDB||

Variations for the A part:

B|AF (3FFF dFcA|(3Bcd AF GBAG|DFAF (3ddd AB|dBAG FDDB|

dB|A~F3 [d3D3] c|BdAF (3GAG FG|(3ABA FA [dD]BAF|GBAG FDDB|

B|A~F3 dAcA|BdAF GECE|DFAF d2 eg|fdAG FDDB|

And for the B part:

g|fded cdAd|fdef g2 ag|fded cdAd|1 (3Bcd AG FDDg|

g|fded cAag|fd (3eef g2 ag|faed cAAF|GBAG FDDg|

Posted .

Single Reel / Highland Fling (single schottische/German)

~ taken from the playing of Josie McDermott

T: The Flowers of Ballymote
R: single reel
AF (3FFF d2 cA | BGAF GFGB | AF (3FFF dBcA | BGAF DEFG |
AF ~F2 d2 cA | BFAF (3GGG GB | AF ~F2 d2 cA | BFAF d3 ||
e |
fded cA A2 | fdef gbag | (3fgf ed cA (3AAA | BFAF D3 e |
(3fff ed cA (3AAA | (3ffd ef g2 ag | fged cA ~A2 | BGAF DEFG ||

R: highland fling
A>F (3FFF d2 c>A | B>GA>F G>FG>B |
A>F (3FFF d>Bc>A | B>GA>F D>EF>G |
A>F ~F2 d2 c>A | B>FA>F (3GGG G>B |
A>F ~F2 d2 c>A | B>FA>F d3 e ||
f>de>d c>A A2 | f>de>f g>ba>g |
(3fgf e>d c>A (3AAA | B>FA>F D3 e |
(3fff e>d c>A (3AAA | (3ffd e>f g2 a>g |
f>ge>d c>A ~A2 | B>GA>F D>EF>G ||