The Culfadda reel

Also known as The Cruel Father, Cul Fada, The Cul Fada, The Cul Fadda, The Culfada, Culfodda, The Culfodda, The Descending, Far Back, The Kilfada, The Kilfadda, The Kilfodda, Killfadda, Larry Og, Larry Redican’s, Marcus Hernon’s, Martin Wynne’s, Mickey Rattley, Reddigan’s, Walsh’s Fancy.

There are 47 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Eddie Kelly’s (a few times), The Eel In The Sink (a few times), Forget Me Not (a few times), The Galway (a few times) and Joe Bane’s Schottische (a few times).

The Culfadda has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Culfadda has been added to 149 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Culfadda
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|:G|AdcA ~G2AG|FAGF DEFD|CA,~A,2 CDFG|AF~F2 GABG|
AdcA GcAG|FAGF DEFD|CA,~A,2 CDFG|(3ABc GE F3:|
|:A|~c2Ac BGEG|~F2AF GFDF|CF~F2 dFcF|BAGF (3DEF GA|
~B3d cAGF|~d3e fcAF|CFAF DFBd|cAGA F3:|
X: 2
T: The Culfadda
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|D~B,3 DEGA|BGdB ABcA|
BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|D~B,3 DEGA|1 BdAF G GA:|BdAF GABc||
d3B cBAF|GABG AGEG|DGdG eGdG|cBAG FGAB|
cBce dBcd|edef gdBG|DGBG DGBe|1 dBAB GABc:|dBAB G3A||
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X: 3
T: The Culfadda
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
A|BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|D~B,3 DEGA|BGdB A2GA|
BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|D~B,3 DEGA|BGAF ~G3:|
B|~d3B cBAB|GABG AGEG|DG~G2 DGBd|cBAG EGAB|
~c3e dB~B2|edef gdBG|DG~G2 DGBe|dBAB ~G3:|
X: 4
T: The Culfadda
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
A|BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|D~B3 DEGA|BGdB A2GA|
BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|D~B3 DEGA|(3BAG AF ~G3:|
B|~d3B ~c3A|GABG ABGE|D~G3 D~G3|cBAG EGAB|
~c3e d~B3|edef gdBG|DG~G2 DGBc|dBAc B~G3:|
X: 5
T: The Culfadda
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
A | BD'C'A B~G3 | GDB,D G2GA | BDGB ADFA | D'G'G'F' G'2A'G' |
F'~D'3 G'G'D'C' | A~B3 A2BC' | D'BC'A B2AC | DBBA G3:||
ABC' | D'C'BA B2AC' | DBBA GBAG | F2EG F~C3 | FGAC' D'C'C'A |
GABC' D'~C'3 | D'C'BA BAGF | D~F3 CFAC' | D'G'F'A' G'4 :||
ABC' | D'~G'3 D'~G'3 | D'G'G'F' D'2C'A | C'~F'3 C'F'C'F' | G'F'C'A FABC' |
~D'3B ~C'3A | ~B3G AGFG | G,A,B,C DGFG | AD'CA G4 :||
X: 6
T: The Culfadda
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
A|BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|DB3 DEGA|BGdB A2GA|
BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|DB3 DEGA|(3BAG AF G3:|
B|d3B c3A|GABG ABGE|DG3 DG3|cBAG (3EFG AB|
c3e dB3|edef gdBG|DG G2 DGBc|dBAc BG3:|
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X: 7
T: The Culfadda
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|: dc | AdcA GcAG | FDGF DGFD | CA,~A,2 CDFG | AF~F2 GABG |
AdcA GcAG | FDGF DGFD | CA,~A,2 CDFG |1 AcGE F2 :|2 AcGE FGAB ||
| c3 A BAGA | FcAF GFDF | CF~F2 dFcF | BAGF DGGA |
B3d cAGF | dcde fcAF | CFAF DFBd | cAGA FGAB |
c3 A BAGA | FcAF GFDF | CF~F2 dFcF | BAGF DGGA |
BABc dcde | fcAF G2FD | CFAF DFBd | cAGA F2 ||
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Fifteen comments

This is a common session tune most often played in G, but it was apparently originally written in F, which is my preferred key (I cheat and capo my zouk at the 3rd!)

This was composed by Larry Redican, who I think was born in Dublin, and brought up in Boyle (Co. Roscommon) before he left for New York. The Culfadda gets spelt a lot of different ways (e.g. Culfodda, Kilfadda, Kilfodda) but Culfadda is the correct spelling. There is a place called Kilfadda, but this is a red herring. The tune was named after Culfadda in Co. Sligo where Larry’s mother came from.

Another name for this tune is "The Cruel Father". I’m guessing that when Larry went to New York he played his tune and when asked the name of it they couldn’t understand his accent. Only a guess :-)

The Kilfodda

Here’s a version in G, based on the playing of the Sean Tracy CCE group in Dublin.

X: 1
T: Kilfodda, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
C: Larry Redican
K: G
BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|D~B,3 DEGA|BGdB ABcA|
BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|D~B,3 DEGA|1 BdAF G GA:|BdAF GABc||
d3B cBAF|GABG AGEG|DGdG eGdG|cBAG FGAB|
cBce dBcd|edef gdBG|DGBG DGBe|1 dBAB GABc:|dBAB G3A||

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Anyone know the unkown reel in medley following The Culfadda?

Does anyone know the unkown reel in the medley sandwiched between The Culfadda (aka Larry Og) and Reel For Carl as played by Pierre Schryer, Dermot Byrne And Friends (Track #11)?

The Culfadda Reel

This is the version I often hear in the recordings and sessions:

K: G
A|BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|D~B,3 DEGA|BGdB A2GA|
BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|D~B,3 DEGA|BGAF ~G3:|
B|~d3B cBAB|GABG AGEG|DG~G2 DGBd|cBAG EGAB|
~c3e dB~B2|edef gdBG|DG~G2 DGBe|dBAB ~G3:|

This tune seems recorded on Harry Bradley’s latest recording. You can listen to the full track on his myspace page. Great stuff.

Redican’s source.

The 1883 tune book "Ryan’s Mammoth Collection" (aka Cole’s "1000 Fiddle Tunes") includes a reel called "Hit or Miss," the turn of which is nearly identical to that of Redican’s "Culfadda" (though in C rather than F). Cape Breton fiddler Winston Fitzgerald played "Hit or Miss," as can be heard on a cassette of 78s and private recordings produced by Paul Cranford some years ago. The first parts of the two tunes are not at all similar.

"Cruel Father," by the way, was the title that appeared on Four Men and a Dog’s debut recording "Barking Mad."

Here is… yet another… of my duplications. I searched long and hard for this tune, and didn’t find it until I submitted it, and was told it had been up here for six and a half years already.

X: 1
T: Kilfada, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
B3 G A2 BA | GBAG E2 GE | DG ~G2 DEGA | BGdB A4 | B3 G A2 BA | GBAG E2 GE | DG ~G2 DEGA |1 BGAF G2 dc :||2 BGAF GABc || d3 B cBAB | G2 BG ABGE | DG ~G2 eGdG | cBAG EGAB | cBce dBAG | e2 (3def gdBG | EG ~G2 DGBe |1 dBAB GABc :||2 dBAB G2 dc ||

This is mainly the transcription from Garry Shannon’s "Punctured", from which I learnt it.

More titles

This tune is also posted here as #1687 ‘Walsh’s Fancy’ — see this listing for a number of further alternate titles.

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Is this the tune also known as The Large wriggly bottom?

Spillane version

X: 1
T: Kilfodda, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
C: Larry Redican
K: G
A|BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|D~B3 DEGA|BGdB A2GA|
BedB AcBA|GBAG EFGE|D~B3 DEGA|(3BAG AF ~G3:|
B|~d3B ~c3A|GABG ABGE|D~G3 D~G3|cBAG EGAB|
~c3e d~B3|edef gdBG|DG~G2 DGBc|dBAc B~G3:|

Another Name

This tune appears as "Martin Wynne’s" on The Mulcahy Family’s first album - lovely solo playing on the harp.

Blarneystar

"The 1883 tune book "Ryan’s Mammoth Collection" (aka Cole’s "1000 Fiddle Tunes") includes a reel called "Hit or Miss," the turn of which is nearly identical to that of Redican’s "Culfadda" (though in C rather than F)."

Yes, I spotted that too. Interesting. Maybe Larry Redican didn’t like the first part but did like the second? Who knows? I must say, if that’s the case, that I agree with him. A cracking tune, sometimes in F, often in G.

David

Culfadda

Yes, I don’t know how that 2nd part ever came to be something Winston recorded, was always surprised…perhaps he heard the tune in Boston.

The Culfadda, X:7

Yet another setting, with a slight variation in the B part

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