The Killavil reel

Also known as Cill Abhaill, Dun Guaire Castle, Fred Finn’s, Mick Finn’s, Mickey Finn’s, Micky Finn’s, Tilly Finn’s, Tom Steele.

There are 39 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with George White’s Favorite (a few times), The Girl Who Broke My Heart (a few times) and Is The Big Man Within ? (a few times).

The Killavil has been added to 13 tune sets.

The Killavil has been added to 232 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Killavil
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2AD BDAD|D2AD BDAD|E2BE cEBE|E2Bc dBAF|
D2AD BDAD|D2AD BDAF|GFEF GABc|1 d2fd BdAF:|2 defd BdAB||
d2fd Adfa|g2fg egfe|d2fd Adfa|g2fg ~e3f|
d2fd Adfa|g2fg edBc|dBBA Bcde|f2ed BdAB|
defd adfa|gefd edBc|defd adfa|gefd ~e3f|
defd adfa|g2fg edBc|dBBA Bcde|f2ed BdAF|
X: 2
T: The Killavil
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2fd Adfd|g2fg edBc|d2fd Adfd|g2fg e3A|
d2fd Adfd|g2fg edBc|dBBA Bcde|1 f2gf edBc:|2 f2gf edAF||
X: 3
T: The Killavil
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2AD BDAD|D2AD BDAD|E2BE dEBE|BABc dBAF |
D2AD BDAD|D2AD BDAD|GFEF GABc|1 dfed BAFE:|2 dfed BAFA||
d2fd adfd|g2fg edBc|d2fd adfd|g2fg e2fe|
d2fd adfd|g2fg edBc|dBBA Bcde|1 fdec dBAB:|2 fdec dBAF||
X: 4
T: The Killavil
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2AD BDAD | D2AD BDAF | E2BE dEBE | BABc dBAF |
D2AD BDAD | D2AD BDAF | GFEF GABc |defd BAFE :|
d2fd Adfa | gefg edBc |d2fd Adfa | gefd e2(ABc) |
d2fd Adfa | gefg edBc |dBBA Bcde | fdec dBAF :|

Twenty comments

Tune requested by carrie

Mick or Fred?

While this tune was recorded as Mick Finn’s on "Molloy/Brady/Peoples," many people often associate it with Sligo fiddler Fred Finn like Dervish do. Does anyone know who is Mick Finn? Is he Fred’s brother?


I play the second part like this:

d2fd Adfd|g2fg edBc|d2fd Adfd|g2fg e3A|
d2fd Adfd|g2fg edBc|dBBA Bcde|1 f2gf edBc:|2 f2gf edAF||

I think the bars 1, 3, 5 are more often played as I post here.

Mick Finn

Mick Finn is/was [?] a well-known fiddler who lived in Galway. No relation to Fred as far as I know.

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Maybe not….

Not sure about that, slainte - I’ve always associated this reel with Mick Finn, never Fred.

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Fred’s father !

I’d never thought of the Killavil connection until you’d mentioned it , slainte, but I did remember that this reel is in Ceol Rince na hEireann Vol.1 as "Cill Abhaill". I looked up Fred Finn in Fintan Vallely’s "Companion To Irish Traditional Music", and found that Fred Finn’s father’s name was Michael, so it could well be Mick Finn’s, but nothing to do with the Galway fiddler.

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Another name

This tune is called "Tom Steele" in the Peter Horan section of Trip to Sligo. Though I see the Fiddler’s Companion has a different but similar tune listed for that name (and claims that tune is the one in Trip to Sligo, but it’s definitely not). Very confusing.

This tune in C

I know a very close rendition of his tune on Hugh & Colm Healy’s Macalla Na Hoige CD track 7 but it is called Tom Billy’s and they play it in key of C with a few minor varioations here and there. Nice set with this tune played after "The girl who broke my heart"

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“Naomh Padhraic” version

X:1
T:Mick Finn’s
T:The Killavil
S:"Naomh Padhraic," the winner of the senior ceili band competition in 2004
Z:Jack Gilder
M:4/4
L:1/8 R:Reel
K:D
D2AD BDAD|D2AD BDAD|E2BE dEBE|BABc dBAF |
D2AD BDAD|D2AD BDAD|GFEF GABc|1 dfed BAFE:|2 dfed BAFA||
d2fd adfd|g2fg edBc|d2fd adfd|g2fg e2fe|
d2fd adfd|g2fg edBc|dBBA Bcde|1 fdec dBAB:|2 fdec dBAF||

Mick Finn, Galway fiddler

I saw him in a session in Galway in 1978 playing with the piper Jackie Small and others; he was an exceptional fiddle player, and I noticed he played by holding the bow maybe as much as half-way down its length instead of at its handle. People called him Mickey. Sadly, he was alcoholic and some time ago I read he had died. I was told he came from Loughrea in Co. Galway. I do not remember hearing him play this tune.

As Kenny has written, "Mick Finn" in question was probably Fred Finn’s father. "Mick Finn" is in fact mentioned on the sleeve notes of Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington’s recent duet album as Fred’s father.

You heard the Galway Mick[ey] Finn, nicholas. This reel is associated with the Sligo Mick Finn. They were not related as far as I know.

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I made the same mistake myself - see above.

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I tell a lie. I think it used to be on several times (but memory being what it is …), but has now been amalgamated into the one I posted. Anyway, it’s already on here.

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Matt Molloy & Michael Tubridy

A Christmas day present for the flute players…………."Mick Finn’s" is the first reel, followed by "The Piper’s Despair".

http://youtu.be/HRwWGI81AcY

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BTW, in case there was any doubt remaining about Fred Finn knowing this tune, I’ve got a nice lo-fi recording of him playing it. No clue if he called it Mick Finn’s, though.

Re: The Killavil

yes, Mick Finn was Fred’s father. Definitely.
He is also credited with Fred Finn’s reel