Terry’s Travels reel

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Terry's Travels has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Terry's Travels
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
EG | AAGA EA A2 | BG G2 DGBd | =c2 Ac BE E2 | dBAG A2 EG |
AAGA EA A2 | BG G2 DGBd | (3Bcd ef g2 ed |BAGE A2 BA |
(3Bcd ef g2 ed | eaaf gfed | =c2 Ac BE E2 | dBAG A2 BA |
(3Bcd ef g2 ba | g2 ed g2 ed | (3Bcd ef g2 ed |BAGE A4 |
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: Terry's Travels
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
|:FA | BBAB fB B2 | cA A2 EAce | d2 Bd cF F2 | ecBA B2 FA |
BBAB fB B2 | cA A2 eAce | ^defg a2 fe |cBAF B2 :|
|:cB |(3cde fg a2 fe | fbbg agfe | d2 Bd cF F2 | ecBA B2 cB |
(3cde fg a2 c'b | a2 fe a2 fe | (3cde fg a2 fe |cBAF B2 :|

Six comments

Terry’s Travels

Composed by Darach de Brun [ RIP ], and posted here after a recent discussion. I first heard this reel played by the Dublin band "Oisin", appearing live at the Ballisodare Folk Festival, Co. Sligo, in 1978. A young [ teenage ? ] Mick O’Brien played it on whistle, and I immediately thought it a tune worth learning. Over 30 years later, I got the chance to tell Darach what a great tune I thought it was, and he did give me permission to post it here, but I never got round to it until now.
Mick O’Brien altered a couple of notes, playing the "G" and the "E" notes in the first bar an octave high, which I have to admit, I like better, but Darach’s transcription had them in the lower octave, and that’s what I’ve posted here.
A great reel for the whistle !!!

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Re: Terry’s Travels

In memory of Darach, I’ve just posted a recording on "Youtube" of him playing "Terry’s Travels", followed by "The Sand Hills Of Lagg", 2 of his own lesser-known compositions, on whistle at the Willie Clancy week in 1980. Audio only, I’m afraid - no mobile phone cameras in those days.


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Terry’s Travels, X:2

It’s a pretty wonderful tune! In the posted clip he seems to be playing in Bm, so I put
it through the transposer. Now I will play along and edit.

Re: Terry’s Travels

OK. I can play along with the "video" at half speed with this transcription.
It’s almost the same as Kenny’s transposed up a step, but with one or two differences.
(And, of course, he plays variations the second time through).
Since I only hear d# for sure in one spot, I changed it to Dorian, but maybe the
triplets in the B-part could also have d#.

Re: Terry’s Travels

Well the second tune, the one Kenny tells us is "The Sand Hills of Lagg", is coming out
in C#minor! So, I guess de Brun really was playing a whistle a step up, in E.
So, The Sand Hills would be a Bm tune, and Terry’s Travel’s an Amix tune as in X:1.
I didn’t know that people had E whistles when that "video" was made.

Anyway, there’s no harm in having a Bdor setting of Terry’s Travels to play.

Re: Terry’s Travels

Most likely an Eb whistle a bit sharp, and possibly a bit of tape distortion . That particular cassette tape would be older than quite a few of the members here.

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