Frank Kelly’s reel

By Yvonne Casey

Also known as Father Jack’s.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Frank Kelly's has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Frank Kelly's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|:DEFG Ad ~d2|fedc AF {G}}FE|FA~A2 Gc ~c2|AFGF EC CE|
DEFG Ad~d2|fedc AF {G}FE|FA~A2 Gc~c2|1 AEGE D3 C:|2 AEGE D2 de||
|:f2df e2ce|dcAG FDDC|A,DFA d2df|edcA GAce|d2Ad c2Gc|
EGce dcAG|FA ~A2 Gc ~c2|1 AEGE D2 de:|2 AEGE D3 C||

One comment

Frank Kelly’s

This is a lovely reel composed by Clare fiddler, Yvonne Casey. I transcribed it from a private video of herself playing the tune. She named it after actor, Frank Kelly (of Father Jack fame) who had recently passed away.

I love the shapes in this tune and lyrical phrases. She has cleverly composed it to sound deceptively crooked, but it’s not. It reminds me of Larry Redican’s, "Galway Reel" composed in a similar style and I like to follow Yvonne’s tune with his for that reason.