This is the common version of the Donegal reel as played in most sessions.
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||
cracking early Dubliners version on YouTube, followed by the Lonford Collector
My favourite version of “The Donegal”…..
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.
this is the website of an ethnomusicologist from beguinning/middle of the 20th century.
check out the last track of the album (B4)… !
That’s a pair of about 10 sides recorded in 1943 by Westmeath piper R.L. O’Meally, you can hear them all here: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~rja14/music/index.html
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
"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.
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!
The Donegal, X:5
This setting appears in O’Neill’s Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, 1922, no. 247.