The Ballinalacken reel

Also known as Ríl Bheag Bhaile Na HUamhan, Ril Bheag Bhaile Na NUan.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Ballinalacken has been added to 1 tune set.

The Ballinalacken has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Ballinalacken
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BE E2 BE E2 | DEFD ADFD | BE E2 B3 z | AFDE FE E2 |
BE E2 BE E2 |defd Adfd | GBAF G2 (3ABc | dBAF FE E2 |
G2 G2 dGBG | GABG AFDE | G2 AG d2 Bd | AFDE FEEF |
G2 AG dGBG | G2 BG AF D2 | GABc d2 e2 | dBAG EG G2 |
# Added by Kenny .
2
X: 2
T: The Ballinalacken
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
Beee Beee | deed Aded | Beee B3 z | A2DE FE E2 |
Beee Beee | deed Aded | GBAG G3 z | dBAF FE EF ||
G2G2 DGBG | G2BG AFDG | G2G2 dGBG | AFDE FEEF |
G2G2 d3 z | GABG AFDG | G2Bd dze2 | dBAG EFGA:| B4 E4 |]
# Added by MarkP .
3
X: 3
T: The Ballinalacken
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
Beed Beed|Befd Adfd|Beed Beed|BADE FEEA|
Beed Beed| Befd BAFD| ~G2 GF GBdB| AFDE FEEF |]
~G2GF GBdB | GBdB AFDG | ~G2GF GBdB | AFDE FEEF |
~G2GF GBdB | GBdB AFDF | EFGA (3Bcd ef| dBAF EFGA|]
# Added by ceili .

Five comments

The Ballinalacken

I’m posting this in response to a discussion about Micho Russell which arose on the "Chiff & Fipple" website recently. This version of the reel - which has strong similarities to "The Curragh Races", albeit in a different key - was published in an issue of "Treoir" magazine in 1975, under the title "The Ballinalacken Reel" - "one of Miko [ sic ] Russell’s favourite whistle tunes". It is track #18 on the 2nd CD of the "Micho Russell - Rarities & Old Favourites 1949 - 1993" double CD compilation, under the title "Ril Bheag Bhaille na nUan". The recording on the CD was made in 1974, so there is only 1 year between the 2 versions, printed and recorded. On the CD, Micho plays the "E" notes in bars # 1, 3 and 5 of the first part in the upper octave, not the lower, so there is an obvious discrepancy between the "Treoir" transcription and the recording. I have no explanation for that, but I would go for the recorded version which is actually Micho playing the tune, rather than the transcription, which has been made by someone else. It may be useful to post also a transcription from the recording. The tune played on the CD does not seem to have been posted here yet.

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The Ballinalacken, X:2

This is a transcription of Micho Russell’s playing on the "Rarities and Old Favorites" album. He does switch octaves in places, for example the on the DE FE E2 phrase in bar 4, and the D/d in bars 9 and 11.

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The Ballinalacken, X:3

Almost how John Carty plays it….in the video I saw, he repeated the first part in the first ‘round’, but it don’t sound right in my ears..

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Re: The Ballinalacken

Nice transcription, ceili!