The Curlew reel

Also known as The Curlews, Josephine Keegan’s, My Granny Went To Lourdes And Drowned In The Pool.

There are 40 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Three Scones Of Boxty (a few times), Andy McGann’s (a few times), The Bird In The Bush (a few times), Dr. Gilbert’s (a few times) and The Duck (a few times).

The Curlew has been added to 9 tune sets.

The Curlew has been added to 422 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Curlew
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
fB~B2 Bcde|fece ~a3e|(3fga ed cA~A2|^GAce a^gba|
fB~B2 Bcde|fece ~a3f|~=g3e ~f3e|dBBA FB~B2:|
|:(3Bcd cd BF~F2|DF~F2 Bcdf|ecBc AE~E2|CEAB cedc|
(3Bcd cd BF~F2|DF~F2 Bcdf|ecBA fcec|dcBA FB~B2:|
# Added by JD .
X: 2
T: The Curlew
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
e||fB (3BcB FB (3BcB|fece a^gae|fced cA (3ABA|EAce a^gba|
fB (3BcB FB (3BcB|fece a^gae|g3e f3e|dBcA FBB:||
A||Bdcd BF (3FGF|DF (3FGF Bcdf|ecBc AE (3EFE|CEAB (3cBA ec|
Bdcd BF (3FGF|DF (3FGF BcdB|cBAc fcec|dBcA FBB:||
X: 3
T: The Curlew
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
fe|:fB B2 FBAB|fBBg agae|(3fga ed cAAF|EAce gagb|
fB B2 FBAB|fBBg agaB|g3 a2 f3|1 dBcA B2 fe:|2 dBcA B2 A2||
|:BdcB BAFE|DEFA Bcdf|fecB AFED|CEAB cdec|
Bdcd BAFE|DEFA BcdB|c2 AB ceac|1 ceac B2 A2:|2 ceac B4||
X: 4
T: The Curlew
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: fB B2 Bcde | fece a3 e | faed cA A2 | cAce a2 ba |
fB B2 Bcde | fece a3 f | g3 e f3 e | dcBA FB B2 :|
|: Bdcd BF F2 | DF F2 Bcdf | ecBc AE E2 | CE E2 defe |
Bdcd BF F2 | DF F2 Bcdf | d2 cd fdec | dcBA FB B2 :|

Twenty-three comments

This tune was composed by Josephine Keegan.

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Keegan’s tunes

People might be interested to know that Josephine recently published a book and double CD of her tunes - "The Keegan’s Tunes".

Available by emailing ceolcamloch@hotmail.com

Keegan herself calls this tune "The Curlews" and, if memory serves me right (I’ll check when I get the chance) it’s named not after the bird but the Curlew Hills. (There is also a trad hornpipe/barndance called The Curlew Hills and also goes by the name of The Glenbeigh Hornpipe.)

Curlew

"The Curlew" which has been recorded by Alastair Fraser & Tony McManus - and many other Scottish musicians - is not this tune, but a four-part pipe jig by Donald McPherson.

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Aidan sent me a transcription from Josephine Keegan herself — thanks Aidan!

e||fB (3BcB FB (3BcB|fece a^gae|fced cA (3ABA|EAce a^gba|
fB (3BcB FB (3BcB|fece a^gae|g3e f3e|dBcA FBB:||
A||Bdcd BF (3FGF|DF (3FGF Bcdf|ecBc AE (3EFE|CEAB (3cBA ec|
Bdcd BF (3FGF|DF (3FGF BcdB|cBAc fcec|dBcA FBB:||

this is one of my favourite tunes ever!!!!!!!!!

“The Curlews” ~ Josephine Keegan

From a transcript of her tunes sent to me, packed tight, scrawled above this tune:

"Title refers to the mountains in Leitrim / Boyle Way."

The transcript for "The Curlews" is identical to that Zina has given above…

B Minor (Leahy)

This tune is the first tune of the Leahy medley of B Minor.
Hope u enjoy.
aleblanc

Duplicated

This looks like a screwed-up version of Josie Keegan’s "Curlew" to me.

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The first tune on Leahy’s first album is listed on the CD (and on this site!) as "Jenny’s Chicken", and it’s here - https://thesession.org/tunes/756 - it’s not thesame as this tune, and neither sounds to me very much like the version Donnell Leahy plays. Then again, it took me two months to figure out that the Glasgow reel that Leahy plays was the same as the Glasgow reel that I had been playing all that time, and that I had on two other CDs.

If this nameless tune is indeed the one on Leahy’s first track, then the medley "B minor" appears to consist of this tune in B Dorian, followed by two versions of Tamlin/Glasgow - one in D minor, and one in A minor. (I think - I don’t have my CD or my fiddle with me, so I’m not sure. But Donnell definitely plays Tamlin in two different keys, and you can’t play it low in B minor.) Hmm…

It definitely is the Curlew reel:

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B Minor(Leahy)

The medley of "B Minor" consists of three different tunes. The first one is the one that does not appear to have a name on the CD. The second is "Jenny’s Chicken’s". The third on is two different versions of "Tam Lynn".

Re: B Minor(Leahy)

Ah, here’s the Curlew:

https://thesession.org/tunes/174

Key signature is given as B minor, and there are G sharps peppered liberally throughout the score; Jenny’s Chicken is similar. (Aside, and something I’ve been wondering about for awhile - how does one figure out the modes in such cases? B minor and B dorian both seem to make some sense.)

Anyway, this is now bugging me: I love, love, love Leahy, but a set called "B Minor" should be unambiguously and entirely in B minor, dammit. I hope that the name of the tune isn’t some lame joke in the spirit of "dont be flat, don’t be sharp, just be natural" or whatnot.

definatly sounds like curlews but its quite a wierd versian as the curlews is in b minor.

“The Curlew” ~ another rescued duplication

Key signature: b minor
Submitted on December 11th 2007 by Dan Foster.
~ /tunes/8035

X: 3
T: The Curlew
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: b minor
|: fB B2 Bcde | fece a3 e | faed cA A2 | cAce a2 ba |
fB B2 Bcde | fece a3 f | g3 e f3 e | dcBA FB B2 :|
|: Bdcd BF F2 | DF F2 Bcdf | ecBc AE E2 | CE E2 defe |
Bdcd BF F2 | DF F2 Bcdf | d2 cd fdec | dcBA FB B2 :|

Nice reel in B minor…favourite part is the B section where i find the rhythm simple yet effective…hope you do too.

# Posted on December 11th 2007 by Dan Foster

The Curlew-6/8??

On the Silly Wizard albums, the tune paired with, "The Parish of Dunkeld" is titled, "The Curlew", however, it is a 6/8 jig in a Major key, not Josephine Keegan’s Bm reel with the same name.
According to the liner notes, it is popular with Scottish ceilidhs.

Curlew in Leahy Form

Listen back and forth between Leahy recordings and the midi of this one and the Curlew midi, this version does sound a lot more like what Leahy plays than the Curlew on this site.

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