Cal Callaghan’s reel

Also known as The Bonny Bunch Of Ferns, Callaghan’s, The Doon, O’Callaghan’s.

There are 14 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Cal Callaghan’s appears in 1 other tune collection.

Cal Callaghan’s has been added to 10 tune sets.

Cal Callaghan's has been added to 83 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

1
X: 1
T: Cal Callaghan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~B3d cAAc|BGGB dedc|~B3d cAAc|1 dBcA G2GA:|2 dBcA G2Bc||
dgga gfde|dc (3ABc defd|~g3a gfde|=fddB (3cdc Bc|
dgga gfde|dc (3ABc defa|~g2bg dgbg|~g2bg afdc||
2
X: 2
T: Cal Callaghan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~F3A GEEG|FDDF ABAG|~F3A G~E3|AFGE FDDE
~F3A G~E3|F/E/D FG ABAG|FGAF GEEG|AFGE FDDF||
Ad d/d/d dcAB|AGFG ABcA|~d3e dcAB|=cBAF G2 FG|
Adfe dcAB|AGFG AB c/B/A|d2 fd adfd|d/d/d fd ecAG||
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3
X: 3
T: Cal Callaghan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~F3A GE~E2|FDFG ~A3G|~F3F GE~E2|AFGE DFAG|
EFFA GE~E2|FDFG ABAG|~F3A GE~E2|AFGE D4|
Addc dcAd|AGFG AB=cB|Addc dcAB|=c2AG ~G2FG|
Adde dcAd|AGFG AB=cB|Addc defd|egfd ecAG|
4
X: 4
T: Cal Callaghan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B3 B c2 Ac | B2 GB dcAF | DB B2 cAAg | fdcA AGG2 |
B3 B c2 Ac | B2 GB dcAF | DB B2 cBce | fdcA AGG2 ||
fgaf g2 fd | cAAB cBcA | fgaf g2 ag | fdcA AGG2 |
fgaf g2 fd | cAAB cBce | fgaf bgag | fdcA AGG2 ||
5
X: 5
T: Cal Callaghan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F3A GEE2|FDDF ABAG|FGAF GEE2|AFGE DFAG|
F3A GEE2|FDDF A3G|F3A GEE2|AFGE D4|
Addc d2AB|AGFG ABcA|d3e dcAB|=cBAF G2FG|
Adde dcAB|AGFG ABcA|d2fd d2fd|d2fd ecAG|
6
X: 6
T: Cal Callaghan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~F3A GEEG | FDDF A3G | ~F3A GE~E2|AFGE D4 :|
Adde dcAB|AGFG ABcA|~d3e dcAB|=cBAF G2 FG|
Adde dcAB|AGFG ABcA|d2 fd Adfd|~d2 fd ecAG ||
7
X: 7
T: Cal Callaghan's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:F3A GE3|FEDF ABAG|F3A GE3|AFGE D3E:|
Add2 dcAB|AGFG ABcA|d2dc dBAB|=cBAF G2FG|
Add2 dcAB|AGFG ABcA|d2fd (3ddd fd|d2fd dcAG||

Thirteen comments

The other Doon Reel. Sometimes also played in D, but it sounds brighter to me in G.

Some nice variations I do:
Bars 1 & 3: BDBd cA~A2 or BD (3GAB cAAc
Last few bars of B part: (3gfg ag bgag|dgbg afdc or (3gfg ag bgeg|db (3bbb afdc|

The "Other" Doon in D

This is tune #786 in Norbeck’s collection. He also lists "Callaghan’s" as a title.

Here’s my take on it.

X: 1
T: Doon Reel, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: D
~F3A GEEG|FDDF ABAG|~F3A G~E3|AFGE FDDE
~F3A G~E3|F/E/D FG ABAG|FGAF GEEG|AFGE FDDF||
Ad d/d/d dcAB|AGFG ABcA|~d3e dcAB|=cBAF G2 FG|
Adfe dcAB|AGFG AB c/B/A|d2 fd adfd|d/d/d fd ecAG||

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The Bonny Bunch of Ferns

This was the title that John Doherty gave this tune. As what?!!? points out, John played it as a pipe imitation.

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Source: The Wynd You Know by Ronan Browne
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

John Kelly’s

John Kelly’s version is:

X:1
T:Ravelled Hank of Yarn, The
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:John Kelly
R:Reel
K:G
B3 B c2 Ac | B2 GB dcAF | DB B2 cAAg | fdcA AGG2 |
B3 B c2 Ac | B2 GB dcAF | DB B2 cBce | fdcA AGG2 ||
fgaf g2 fd | cAAB cBcA | fgaf g2 ag | fdcA AGG2 |
fgaf g2 fd | cAAB cBce | fgaf bgag | fdcA AGG2 ||

but he called it the Ravelled Hank of Yarn;

Cal Callaghan’s, X:2

Jackie Daly’s setting, pretty much.

Re: The Doon

Niall Kenny: "but he called it the Ravelled Hank of Yarn…"

It’s under that title in O’Neill’s ‘Waifs and Strays’ (1922). He also says it’s a variant of "Nellie O’Donovan", but it’s becoming clear that there is a large family of similar tunes which appear related, including "Ned Kendall’s Favourite" et al.

The Doon, X:4

Slightly simplified D version, as played at sessions here in Austin.

Call Callaghan’s, X:7

We play this after The Lady On The Island.

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Re: Call Callaghan’s

X:7 - There’s a C-natural shown in bar 4 of the B part. Is this superfluous or does it mean the key signature should be two sharps?

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