Memories Of East Clare reel

Memories Of East Clare appears in 1 other tune collection.

Memories Of East Clare has been added to 3 tune sets.

Memories Of East Clare has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Memories Of East Clare
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
dc|:.A2 Gc AGGE|CDEC DA, A,/A,/A,|A2 Gc AGGE|CDEG FDdc|
A/c/A Gc .A2 GE|CDEC DA, A,2|~F3 D E2 GE|CDEG FDdc:|
AddA c2 cB|AddA cAGc|A/c/A dA cBcd|ed ~d2 eddc|
AddA c/d/c Bc|AddB cAGc|AddB cBcd|ed d/d/d eaag||
ed d2 ~d3 g|ed ~d2 eaag|ed d2 ~d3 A|~c3 d eaag|
ed d2 ~d3 g|ed ~d2 eaag|egdg edcA|cBcd eddc||
X: 2
T: Memories Of East Clare
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
AddA cAGA|AddA cAGA|AddA cBcd|ed (3ddd edcd|
AddA cAGA|AddA cAGA|AddA cBcd|ed (3ddd egag||
eddc d2cd|ed (3ddd egag|eddg edcB|ABcd e^fg^f|
eddc d2cd|ed (3ddd egag|eddg edcB|ABcd edcB||

Five comments

Memories Of East Clare

This lovely new reel comes from the pen / bow/ bellows of fiddler & box player Damien Connolly. He is a nephew of the great fiddler Seamus Connolly of Killaloe, County Clare. While his musicianship on both his chosen instruments is quite excellent, Damien’s greatest gift lies in his tremendous ability as a writer of what are, in my opinion, some of the finest TRADITIONAL dance tunes since the likes of greats like Ed Reavy or Paddy O’Brien (Tipperary), to name a few. They are great tunes not because they break the rules of traditional form, but because they work WITHIN those limitations to produce melodies that STILL have great originality & beauty. This tune, as well as some of his other compositions can be found in The Seamus Connolly Collection of Irish Music, which is available online through his friends at Boston College here:

and the link to the specific page for this tune:

There is a soundcloud clip of Damien playing the tune on fiddle there, but be forewarned: he has his instrument tuned down a whole step (ACGD instead of GDAE)- the tune will SOUND like it’s in C dorian, but he is actually playing it using D dorian fingering. They also have a "bare bones" setting of the tune in sheet music form (available to download as a PDF file), but what I’ve tried to post here is more or less how he plays it in the sound clip. To hear how he plays it on accordion, here is a Youtube video, with lovely piano accompaniment by Colman Connolly (his son, I believe). It is followed by another of Damien’s compositions, "The Bottle of ‘Cop On!’":


Re: Memories Of East Clare

Whoops! The Second tune in the video is "A" not "The" Bottle of Cop-on- sorry!

Re: Memories Of East Clare

Beautiful. Both on box and fiddle. On the fiddle he does sound like one of the great old East Clare fiddlers (Paddy Canny, PJ Hayes). The box is lovely as well. Thanks for posting. Now to learn it!

Memories Of East Clare, X:2

I learned this setting of this lovely Damien Connolly tune from Siobhán Peoples during the online Willie Clancy summer school in 2021.