The Noon Lassies reel

Also known as The Loon Lasses, The Noon Lasses, The Noone Lasses, Tommy Gunn’s.

There are 31 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Coalminer’s (a few times), James Brown’s March (a few times) and Siney Crotty’s (a few times).

The Noon Lassies has been added to 176 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Noon Lassies
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2BG AGBG|~G2BG GEDE|G2BG AGAB|1 BAGE EDDE:|2 BAGE EDD2||
|:dedB AGAB|dedB BAAB|dedB AGAB|BAGE EDD2:|
|:dgbg agbg|dgbg agef|~g3e dedB|1 BAGE EDD2:|2 BAGE EDDg:|
edBg edBg|edBA GEEg|edBg edBA|GAGE EDDg|
edBg edBg|edBA GEE2|ed (3Bcd efg2|GAGE EDEF||
X: 2
T: The Noon Lassies
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 BG AGBG | D2 BG GEDA | G2 BG cBAc | BAGE ED D2 :|
dedB AGAB | dedB AG E2 | de/f/ gB AGAB | GAGE ED D2 :|

Eight comments

Submitted in response to a request.
This version is taken from Micheal McGoldrick’s Fused album.

The Noon Lasses

A Fermanagh/south Tyrone fiddle tune related to Lord McDonald. See Ceol Rince na hEireann for a printed setting. Recorded by Randal Bays not long ago.

This tune is also on Sean Smyth’s "The Blue Fiddle."

This well-known reel is on the Hidden Fermanagh CD Vol 2 and the book as "The Loon Lasses." It’s not a typo!

Another similar reel called "The Boys of Portaferry" here: https://thesession.org/tunes/1436

The Noon Lasses

There seems to be a few tunes which are inter-related. I was surprised to find an untitled reel in Oswald’s Caledonian Pocket Companion, Book 4 which is very close. Considering that book was published in 1745 I find it remarkable. I offer it as a setting. (X:2)

Re: The Noon Lassies

Nigel’s setting (no2) sounds to my ears like Britches full of Stitches (especially the 2nd part). Can’t imagine playing that part without phrasing like a polka !

Re: The Noon Lassies

You’re right, didier. So reminiscent of "Britches Full of Striches" and, to my mind, intriguing to think that an American version of "Lord MacDonald" is known as "Leather Britches".