Gan Ainm reel

Also known as The Streams Of Pol-A-Phooka, Streams Of Poulaphouca.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Gan Ainm has been added to 2 tunebooks.

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One setting

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X: 1
T: Gan Ainm
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
cee2 fcec|acec fBBd|cee2 acfc|ecdB BAAd|
cee=g fdd2|ecc2 fBB2|cee2 defe|ceBe cAA2||
c'aa2 faea|c'aa2 bc'd'a|c'aa2 faec|dfed cAA2|
c'aa2 faea|c'3a b3d'|c'aa2 faec|dfed cAA2||

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Gan Ainm

Played by Edward Meehan’s Rosaleen Orchestra on a 78 in 1933 (along with the other reels including the Copperplate and Ah Surely). The fiddler with the band (Larry Redican? or maybe James Morrison) plays this once only as a solo before moving on to the next tune!

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Lovely tune! I thought it sounded rather familiar, and indeed it was familiar to me as I had heard it played (wonderfully so) by Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh in this video (at around 4:25): https://youtu.be/kHv0RKRrbhE?t=4m25s. No name given there either however……

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Nice spot. Sounds very much like Caoimhin learnt it from that 78.

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It certainly is not.

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Do you care to elaborate Kenny?
I have seen several sources (including the video that I posted) that lists Ril Gan Ainm as the first tune in this medley of: Ril Gan Ainm/Ah Surely/The Union Reel. I have the album somewhere but haven’t dug it out.

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The first tune in the Mary Bergin set is known to be John Naughton’s. The fact that it is called Ril Gan Ainm (roughly paraphrased as "I don’t know what this tune is called") is an artifact from the Bergin album that hasn’t been updated. Sometimes it’s also called Friel’s, which is a variant, but not as spot on as Naughton’s. Check the playing on the recording with the dots for Naughton’s and your mystery will be solved: https://thesession.org/tunes/2622#setting2622

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The tune noted here by Slaine appears, to me, to be a piping reel, probably transposed or played, in places, an octave lower. The A major/A mix suggests the piping scale, and, possibly, the Scottish nature of the tune, which I’ve heard, but don’t know the name of.

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"ABCs" posted by "Sláine"above :

cee2 fcec|acec fBBd|cee2 acfc|ecdB BAAd|
cee=g fdd2|ecc2 fBB2|cee2 defe|ceBe cAA2||
c’aa2 faea|c’aa2 bc’d’a|c’aa2 faec|dfed cAA2|
c’aa2 faea|c’3a b3d’|c’aa2 faec|dfed cAA2||

First reel on Mary Bergin’s "Feadog Stain" - posted by me, 13 years ago :

A2 EA cded | BG G2 eGdG | EAce a2 ed |1 cedB BAAG :|2 cedB BA A2 ||
a2 ea a2 ba | geef g2 gb | a2 ea a2 ba | gedB EA A2 |
a2 ea a2 ba | geef g2 ga | b2 ba gbag | gedB eBdB |

"Gan Ainm" means "without a name" - there are nearly 180 of them on this website.

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Thank you toppish and kenny for the additional info on this great tune/recording…

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Seeing as this was recorded on The Wavy Bow Collection as ‘Streams of Poulaphouca’, decided to recheck the original 78rpm. The entire set by Edward Meehan’s Rosaleen Orchestra is just listed as ‘Streams of Pol-A-Phooka’ according to Spottswood’s discography of 78rpm records. There’s another reel https://thesession.org/tunes/4274 which is also called ‘Streams of Poulaphouca’, from the Darley and McCall collection, which has nothing as far as I can see to do with this A major tune.