Dan Cleary’s Favourite reel

By Sean Ryan

Also known as Dan Cleary’s Favorite.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Dan Cleary’s Favourite has been added to 2 tune sets.

Dan Cleary's Favourite has been added to 5 tunebooks.

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One setting

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X: 1
T: Dan Cleary's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
~E2 B,E G,EB,E|(3DED A,D FDA,D|~E2 B,E G,EGA|BABc dBAF|
~E2 B,E G,EB,E|(3DED A,D FDA,D|~E3 F GFGA|(3Bcd AF GEFD:|
~E2 ^GB e=gfe|dB ~B2 ADFD|~E2 ^GB e=gfe|dfaf geef|
~g3 a bgeg|~f2 df afdf|gbag fgfe|dBAF GEFD:|"end" E4 z||

Two comments

Dan Cleary’s Favourite

This tune was composed by that mighty fiddler Seán Ryan of Tipperary. I transcribed this from Seán Ryan’s double CD. The recording is down a half step; I don’t know if he was tuned down or the recording speed was a little off. Either way, I’ve set this in fiddle-friendly E dorian.

At first I thought this tune sounded like a really personal, turned-inside-out version of The Lads of Laois, which is why it caught my ear. Closer inspection shows it’s a very different tune.

Dan Cleary is credited with having composed The Trip to Durrow.

Dan Cleary’s Favourite

A truly beautiful musical tribute from one great fiddle player & composer to another. Two beautiful gentlemen also. Rest in peace Sean & Dan.