The Old Grey Gander reel

Also known as An Sean Gandal Liat, An Seanghandal Liath, The Gray Hen.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Old Grey Gander has been added to 1 tune set.

The Old Grey Gander has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Old Grey Gander
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AG|EAAB c2 BA |BGGA BcdB|AEAB cdef |1gedB c2 (BA) :|2gedB (BA) A2 ||
a2 ea a2 ge |d2 BG (Bd) d2 |a2 ea a2 ba |gedB T(BA) A2 |
a2 ea a2 ge |d2 BG (Bd) d2 |EAAB cdef |gedB T(BA) A2 |]
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 2
T: The Old Grey Gander
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AG |!segno! EAAB {d}c2 BA |{c}BAGB {e}dBAG|EAAB {d}cBcd |gedB (3cBA BG |
EAAB {d}c2 BA |{c}BAGB dBAG |EAAB {d}c3 A |BdgB {c}BA A2 ||
a{b}a{g}aa aged |(3Bcd ef g2 ed |eaaa {b}agef|{a}gedB BA A2|
{b}agab aged |(3Bcd ef g2 fg |afge fdef |{a}gedB {c}BAAG!segno!||
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 3
T: The Old Grey Gander
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:EAAB c2 BA |BGGA BcdB|AEAB cdef |gedB c2 BA |
EAAB c2 BA |BGGA BcdB |AEAB cdef|gedB BA A2 ||
|:a2 ea a2 ge |d2 BG Bd d2 |a2 ea a2 ba|gedB BA A2|
a2 ea a2 ge |d2 BG Bd d2 |EAAB cdef|gedB BA A2||
# Added by JACKB .

Four comments

The Old Grey Gander

This reel appears in O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland - 1001 Gems (1907), p. 109, no. 600, as The Old Grey Gander, An Sean Gandal Liat.
This tune doesn’t seem to be AKA The Humors of Schull (The Humours Of Schull). The tune is quite different and The Humours of Schull appears in 1001 Gems as no. 699. Moreover, Traditional Tune Archive says that The Old Grey Gander is also known as The Buckeen, Cameron House, George Gubbin’s Delight, Lord Kelly, Lord Kelly’s Rant, Lord Kelly’s Reel, Mo ceoil sibh a laochra, Musical Priest, The New Bridge of Erin, The Wedding Ring, The Gray Hen.
TTA also says that The Highway to Limerick and The Humours of Schull are *related* tunes.
I agree with aidriano (https://thesession.org/tunes/11018) : “I would dispute that Highway To Limerick (#11018) and The Old Grey Gander are one and the same tune. "The Old Grey Gander" is, by the way, also given as an alternate name for The Humors Of Schull (#10592). I think they are three distinct tunes, with some similarities, particularly in part A. O’Neill’s 1850 lists all three separately (being #1402 (Highway To Limerick), #1345 (The Old Grey Gander) and #1470 (The Humors Of Schull). In my opinion, Setting 2 posted here should be stand-alone under the name The Old Grey Gander. ”
Phew! This one needed quite a bit of scrutiny…

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The Old Grey Gander, X:2

Here is the version given by Breandán Breathnach in Ceol Rince na hÉirean, vol. 2 (1976), p. 116, no. 222, as An Seanghandal Liath. I just changed the measure from 4/4 to C|.

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Re: The Old Grey Gander

Does anyone have the/any chords for this tune? I am hopeless at working out what should go where for celtic tunes so any help available is gladly accepted.

Re: The Old Grey Gander

Nellie, I find that adding chord accompaniment is partly to do with musical logic and partly with taste and preference: the same tune can be chorded in a number of ways, and not necessarily the same way each time through. Having said that, try the following sequence and see if you like it:
Am - - - / G - - -/ Am - - - / C G F -/
Am - - - / G - - - / Am - - - / C G Am - /[repeat]
Am - - - / G - - - /Am - - - / Em7 -F - /
Am - - - / Em7 - - - /Am - F - / C G Am -/[repeat]

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