The Dawn reel

Also known as Miller’s, The Miller’s, The Miller, Twilight In Portroe.

There are 75 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The High (lots of times), The Boys Of Ballisodare (a few times), The Moving Cloud (a few times), Bay Of Fundy (a few times) and Big John McNeil (a few times).

The Dawn has been added to 14 tune sets.

The Dawn has been added to 285 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Dawn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A,2CE D2FA|E2CE ABcA|BE(3EEE dEcE|BdcB AFEC|
A,2CE D2FD|E2CE ABce|fefg afed|1 (3cec Be cAA2:|2 (3cec Be cAAg||
abga fece|fbbg agfa|(3gfe be (3gfe be|ac'ec' aefg|
abga fece|dcBc defg|(3aba gb afec|1 dcBe cAAg:|2 dcBe cAA2||
# Added by JD .
X: 2
T: The Dawn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
abga fece|fbba geea|gebe c'ebe|ac'ea c'ae'c'|
abga fece|dcBc defg|(3aba gb afec|1 dcBe cAAg:|2 dcBe cAA2||
X: 3
T: The Dawn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB Ac{d}cA | BE(3EEE cE(3EEE | BdcB AFEC |
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | fece afec | dcBd cAA2 :|
a3e fece | fbba gee2 | (3gfe be (3gfe be | ac'ea c'eac' |
a3e fece | dcBc defg | (3agf ec f2ec | dcBd cAA2 :|
X: 4
T: The Dawn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | (3ddd)df ecAc| (3BBB)AB cAFD|
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | (3ddd)df ecAc| (3BBB)AB cAAB :|
c2 ec fcec | AAcA BAFA | EFAB cAce | fefg afed |
c2 ec fcec | AAcA BAFA | EFAB cAce | fefg a4 :|
X: 5
T: The Dawn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GBdB c2ec|d2Bd ~G3B|ADBD cDBG|AcBA GEDB|
GBdB c2ec|d2Bd ~G3d|edef gedc|BdAd BG~G2:||
~g3d edBd|eaaf gfed|(3fed ad bdad|gbdg bdef|
~g3d edBd|cBAB cdef|gBfB eBdB|cBAc BG~G3:||
X: 6
T: The Dawn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2cA | BEcE dEcE| BAGF EDCB, |
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | fefg afed | cABG A2 (3efg :|
a2 ae fece | fbbg agfe | (3gab eg be gb | fedf e2 (3efg |
a2 ae fece | fgaf eAce | fefg afed | cABG A2 :|
X: 7
T: The Dawn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G,2B,D C2EG|DFAF ~G3B|ADBD cDBG|(3ABc BA GEDB,|
G,2B,D CEGE|D2FA ~G3d|edef gedc|BdAd BG~G2:||
~g3d edBd|eaaf gfed|(3fed ad bdad|gbdg bdef|
~g3d edBd|cdef g3e|~d2ge dBGB|cBAc BG G3:||

Twenty-one comments

Harder than heck

This tune is tough, I’ve seen it transposed in all different settings, keys etc. but this is the setting I was taught. In internet land it also seems to be the rarest - good going AC!! crackin’ tune

The B-Parts a little different from what I play, I play it as follows:

abga fece|fbba geea|gebe c’ebe|ac’ea c’ae’c’|
abga fece|dcBc defg|(3aba gb afec|1 dcBe cAAg:|2 dcBe cAA2||

You need to go into the 2nd position for this one, this was my 2nd position lesson.

The Dawn - De Dannan version

I lost the album that had "The Dawn" on it by De Dannan. Does anyone have that?? If so please transcribe it for me if you can. Thanks

The Dawn/The Miller’s Reel

The Dawn appears to be an Irish interpretation of an American tune called the Miller’s Reel, in Cole’s with the name of the composer (which I forget at the moment). The setting in Cole’s is played at least by Scottish fiddle player Karen Steven and to my ear is much finer musically than any of the various Irish settings of the the Dawn, which mostly differ slightly in the second part and are close to identical to the Miller’s Reel in the first.

Chords

Does anyone have the chords for this reel. Would appreaciate to get it.

The dawn

I have this in a different setting - its a great reel but very hard to play!! You need 5th and 3rd positions I think on the fiddle as it ranges from bottom G to top G!!!
I could scan the music and email to anyone who wants to have a go
TonyHouse2000@aol.com

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Dawn / Twilight

I think the version played in Across the Pond is more like Twilight in Portroe.

RayD

Does anyone know how Matt Molloy plays this on "Contentment is Wealth" with Sean Keane? It’s a lovely reel that generally goes below the range of the pipes, whistle, and flute. But Matt has apparently worked out how to fake it. I can’t hear him well enough over the fiddle on the recording to figure out what he’s doing.

Any thoughts?

I just had a listen…I think he rolls on G for the G, and A, initially in the first part and then kicks in when the tune is in range. As you say, it’s a bit hard to hear him through the fiddle.

The Dubliners’ version

X: 1
The Dubliners’ version.

T: The Dawn
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
Z: olafure@gmail.com. 15. jun 2008
K:Amaj
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB Ac{d}cA | BE(3EEE cE(3EEE | BdcB AFEC |
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | fece afec | dcBd cAA2 :|
a3e fece | fbba gee2 | (3gfe be (3gfe be | ac’ea c’eac’ |
a3e fece | dcBc defg | (3agf ec f2ec | dcBd cAA2 :|

X: 1
A version

T: The Dawn
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel

K:Amaj
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | (3ddd)df ecAc| (3BBB)AB cAFD|
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | (3ddd)df ecAc| (3BBB)AB cAAB :|
c2 ec fcec | AAcA BAFA | EFAB cAce | fefg afed |
c2 ec fcec | AAcA BAFA | EFAB cAce | fefg a4 :|

Another simple setting in A.

The Dawn in G

X: 1
T: The Dawn
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
GBdB c2ec|d2Bd ~G3B|ADBD cDBG|AcBA GEDB|
GBdB c2ec|d2Bd ~G3d|edef gedc|BdAd BG~G2:||
~g3d edBd|eaaf gfed|(3fed ad bdad|gbdg bdef|
~g3d edBd|cBAB cdef|gBfB eBdB|cBAc BG~G3:||

Miller’s Reel

I learnt this tune as Miller’s Reel. In this version fiddlers can play the whole thing in 1st position.

X: 1
T: Miller’s Reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
Z: Matt 1st sept 2010
K:Amaj
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2cA | BEcE dEcE| BAGF EDCB, |
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | fefg afed | cABG A2 (3efg :|
a2 ae fece | fbbg agfe | (3gab eg be gb | fedf e2 (3efg |
a2 ae fece | fgaf eAce | fefg afed | cABG A2 :|

Box version in G

X: 1
T: The Dawn
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
G,2B,D C2EG|DFAF ~G3B|ADBD cDBG|(3ABc BA GEDB,|
G,2B,D CEGE|D2FA ~G3d|edef gedc|BdAd BG~G2:||
~g3d edBd|eaaf gfed|(3fed ad bdad|gbdg bdef|
~g3d edBd|cdef g3e|~d2ge dBGB|cBAc BG G3:||

Miller’s Reel

John McGrath who was a close friend of James Morrison mentioned that the second part of the tune where it goes in positions was Morrison’s contribution. BTW the composer is listed as Zeke Bakus(?)

It was recently recorded by Luke O’Malley in a medley or reels in a much different setting.