The Cradling Arms Of Cruachan reel

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One setting

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X: 1
T: The Cradling Arms Of Cruachan
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AA FD3 EE|DF/ (A2 A/) F/E/D|G3 A B/c/d|c2 d2 e2 (f2|
f2) ed d(A2|A) a ba gf ed||c2 d2 e2 (f2|f2) ed d(A2|A)G GF G3 A|
B/c/d c2 d2 e2|fa fd Ad eg|ec Ac eg ec|1 Ac d4 z2:|2 Ac d3 Ade||
f4 ed d (A|A2) GF G2 G A|B/c/d c2 d2 e2|fa3 fe ed|d3a ba gf|
ed c2 d2 .e A|f4 ed d (A|A2) GF G2 G A|B/c/d c2 d2 e2|
fa fd Ad eg|ec Ac eg ec|1 Ac d3 Ade:|2 Ac D4 z2||

Seven comments

Re: The Cradling Arms Of Cruachan

nice tune for a rainy British Columbia afternoon

Re: The Cradling Arms Of Cruachan

Composed by flute / whistle player Des Cafferkey I believe. It’s the opening track on his CD "Achill Air".

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Re: The Cradling Arms Of Cruachan

No idea why this setting has been put in as a 4/4 reel - surely it’s 3/4?

Re: The Cradling Arms Of Cruachan

I started out transcribing it in 3/4, and then I ran into some problems, because the bars didn’t add up, so I switched to 4/4. That was turning out great for a while, until the bars and the notes started getting out of whack again, but by that time, I just wanted to be done with it. I figured that anyone who could read the notes and listen to the video could pretty well make out how to play the tune.
I hope I haven’t offended anyone. I am not the most learned musician on the block, but I like to think I have heart.
Any advice would be appreciated.
Fair weather and full sails!

Re: The Cradling Arms Of Cruachan

The bars probably didn’t add up because you included the pickup notes in the first part.

Here’s my take (I’ve only moved the bar lines):
X: 1
T: The Cradling Arms Of Cruachan
R: waltz/whatever
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AAF|:D3E ED|F/(A2 A/) F/E/D |G3A B/c/d|c2 d2 e2|
(f2 f2) ed|d(A2 A) a| ba gf ed|c2 d2 e2|
(f2 f2) ed|d(A2 A) GF|G3A B/c/d|c2 d2 e2|
fa fd Ad|eg ec Ac|eg ec Ac|1 d4 z2:|2d3 Ade||
|:f4 ed|d (A A2) GF|G2 G A B/c/d|c2 d2 e2|
fa3 fe|ed d3a|ba gf ed|c2 d2 .e A|
f4 ed|d (A A2) GF|G2 G A B/c/d|c2 d2 e2|
|fa fd Ad|eg ec Ac|eg ec Ac|1 d3 Ade:|2 D4 z2||

I think this is easier to read (and makes more sense).

Re: The Cradling Arms Of Cruachan

Thank you! I had forgotten about pickup notes when I was originally transcribing. Sorry about my mistake. I will do better next time.