The Donegal reel

Also known as Miss Brown’s, Miss Brown’s Fancy, Ríl Dhún Na NGall, Una Bhain, Una Bhain Ni Chuinneagain, Una Bhain’s Wedding.

There are 46 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Down The Broom (a few times), The Fairy (a few times), The Longford Collector (a few times), The Mason’s Apron (a few times) and The Pigeon On The Gate (a few times).

The Donegal has been added to 15 tune sets.

The Donegal has been added to 384 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Donegal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
((3A,B,C)|D2DE FDFA|dFAF BFAF|E2EF GFGA|Bd AF EGFE|
D2DE FDFA|dABF ABde|((3fgf) ((3efe) dBAG|1 FGEF D2:|2 FGEF D3A||
|:defg afdf|afdf a2gf|edef gfed|cdef g2fe|
defg afdf|afdf abag|((3fgf) ((3efe) dBAG|1 FGEF D3A:|2 FGEF D2||
X: 2
T: The Donegal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:defg afdg|fdfg bagf|e=cef (3gag fg|ecef (3gagfe|
defg afdf|afdf abag|((3fgf) ((3efe) dBAG|1 FGEF D3A:|2 FGEF D2||
X: 3
T: The Donegal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A,B,C||DCDE FEFA|d F3 DFAF|E3 FGFG A|BFAF EGFE|DCDE FEFA|d F3 ABde|
fdec dBAG|FGEG D2 A,B,C||DCDE FEFA|d F3 dFcF|BFAF EFGA|BFAF EDFE|
D A,3 DEFA|ded cdBc de|fgec dABG|FAGE FDDA||defg a f3|afdf a2 gf|ed’ef gfed|
3Bcd ef g2 fe|defb afdf|afdf abag|fgf ecdB AG|FGF EGFD DA||defb afdf|afdf a2 gf|
e B3 Gged|cdef gefe|defg a f3|afdf abag|fgec dBAG|FGEF D 3A,B,C||D2 DEFE FA|
dF 3FFF DFAF|EB,EF GFGB|edc dcB cBA GFE|DCDE FEFA|dF 3FFF ABde|
fgec dABG|FGEG FD D2||EDA,D EFEF|A dF 3FFF DFAF|E3 FGFG A|BFAF EGFE|
3DDD DE FEFA|dF 3FFF ABde|fdec dBAG|FGEF D2 AB||defg a f3|afdf a2 gf|
e^d’ef gfed|Bcd efge fe|defb a f3|afdf abag|fgf 3efe dBAG|FGF EGFD DA||defb afdf
afdf a2 gf|e B3 Gged|cdef g2 fe|defg afdf|afdf abag|fdec dBAG|FGEF D2 A,B,C||
DCDE FEFA|d F3 DFAF|E3 FGFG A|BFAF EGFE|DCDE FEFA|d F3 ABde|
fdec dBAG|FGEF D2 A,B,C||DCDE FEFA|d F3 dFcF|BFAF EFGA|BFAF EDFE|
D A,3 DEFA|ded cdBc de|fgec dABG|FAGE FDDA||d2 dcde fg|a2 agaf df|e^d’ef gfge|
aaa fage ce|ddd cede fg|a f3 afde|fgec dABG|FFF EGFD DA||defg afdf|afdf a2 gf|
e B3 Gged|cdef gefe|defb a f3|afdf abag|fgec dBAG|FGEF D4||
# Added by Ediot .
X: 4
T: The Donegal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|D2 DE FDFA|dFAF BFAF|E3F GFGA|(3Bcd AF EGFE|
D2 DE FDFA|dFAF ABde|f2 ef dBAG|1 FGEF D2:|2 FGEF D3A||
|:defg afdf|afdf a2gf|edef gfed|(3Bcd ef g2 fe|
defg afdf|afdf a3g|f2 ef dBAG|1 FGEF D3A:|2 FGEF D2||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Donegal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A,|D2 DE FEFA|dFAF BFAF|E2 EF GFGA|(3Bcd AF EGFE|
D2 DE FEFA| dFAF ABde|(3fga ec dABG|(3FGF EF D2||
A2|defg afdf|afdf a2 (3agf|edef gfed|edef g2 (3gfe|
defg afdf|afdf abag|(3fgf (3efe dABG|(3FGF EF D2|]
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 6
T: The Donegal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: AF | D2DE FDFA | dAFA BFAF | E^DEF GFGA | (3BAG AF EGFE |
| DCDE FDFA | dAFA ABde | faef dBAG | FAEF D2 :||
|: A | defg afdf | afdf a2gf | e^def gfed | (3Bcd ef (3gbg fe |
| defg afdf | afdf a3g | (3fgf (3efe dBAG | (3FGF (3EFE D3:|

Fourteen comments

Donegal Reel

This is the common version of the Donegal reel as played in most sessions.

Donegal

Really nice reel which to my knowledge is played by the Kifenora C

John Doherty’s B Part

John Doherty added an ear-catching touch with a c natural in the b part to this reel. Here’s my recollection of it:

|:defg afdg|fdfg bagf|e=cef (3gag fg|ecef (3gagfe|
defg afdf|afdf abag|((3fgf) ((3efe) dBAG|1 FGEF D3A:|2 FGEF D2||

Mick Mulcahy’s version

Mick Mulcahy is actually playing Lady Anne Montgomery not The Donegal.

Should be played with…

This tune goes really well with the Sally Gardens (reel) played after it.

The Dubliners in 1965 ( above link)… They strike at a brisk pace and manage to pick up even more speed as they go along! Banjo man loses his cool for a brief second c.40"

Wrong title for second Dubliners tune

I think the second tune sounds very much like The Boyne Hunt. The Longford Collector I know is a big G major tune.

All the best

Brian x

Agree…

"The Dubliners" did record "The Donegal" followed by "The Longford Collector" and also "The Swallow-tail" followed by the "Boyne Hunt". They’ve obviously changed them about for the above clip.

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That Long Version Up There

That lengthy version is simply the tune played as Brendan Mulvihill demonstrated in a fiddle class back around 1991. He taught a simpler version of the tune, and in typical fashion by teachers at workshops, wowed us with this much embellished version. Thankfully, I committed the performance to a cassette tape that managed to survive all these years — lots o’ good stuff on there, too. Enjoy!

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The Donegal, X:5

This setting appears in O’Neill’s Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, 1922, no. 247.

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