The Curragh Races reel

Also known as The Maid In The Cherry Tree, Peadar O’Laughlin, Rigney’s.

There are 29 recordings of this tune.

The Curragh Races appears in 6 other tune collections.

The Curragh Races has been added to 29 tune sets.

The Curragh Races has been added to 192 tunebooks.

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Thirteen settings

1
X: 1
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eAcA eAcA|G2 BG dGBG|eAcA eAcA|GABd cA A2|
eAcA eAcA|G2 BG dGAB|c2 cA B2 Bc|dBGA BA A2:|
|:c2 ec gcec|c2 ec dBGB|c2 ec gcec|dBGA BAAB|
c2 ec gcec|c2 ec dBGB|c2 cA B2 ge|dBGA BA A2:|
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2
X: 2
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:gfa|eA~A2 eABA|GBde dBGB|eA~A2 eABA|GBdB BAfg|
(3ege dg e^cdB|GABG dGBd|cBAc ~B2ge|1 dBGB A2:|2 dBGB BAAB||
|:cdef gc~c2|gceg dBGB|cdef gceg|dBGB BAAB|
cGEG ~g3e|dedc BGBd|cBAc ~B2ge|1 dBGB BAAB:|2 dBGB A2||
3
X: 3
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BE FE|BE FE|D2 FA|DE FA|
BE FE|BE FE|D2 FA|FE E2:|
ef/e/ dB|ef/e/ dB|AF dF|AB/c/ d2|
ef/e/ dB|ef/e/ dB|AF dF|FE E2:|
4
X: 4
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eAcA eAcA|~G2 GB dGBd|eAcA eAcA|dBGA cA A2|
eA (3BcA eA (3BcA|~G2 BG dGAB|c2 cA BG~G2|dBGA BA A2:|
|:c2 ec gcec|c2 eg dBGB|vc2 ec gcec|dBGA BA~A2|
c2 eA gAeA|cege dBGB|vc2 cA B.G.G.G|dBGA BA A2:|
5
X: 5
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eAcA eAcA|G2 BG dGBG|eAcA efge|dBGA BA A2|
eAcA eAcA|G2 BG dGAB|c2 cA B2 ge|dBGB A4:|
|:c2 ec gcec|c2 ec dBGB|c2 ec gcec|dBGA BAAB|
c2 ec gcec|~g3e dBGB|c2 cA B2 ge|dBGB A4:|
6
X: 6
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
d|:eAcA eAcA|G3 B dGBd|eAcA eAcA|dBGA BAAd|
eAcA eAcA|G3 B dGBd|c3 A B3 c|1 dBGA BAAd:|2 dBGA BAAB||
|:c2 ec gcec|c2 ec dBGB|c2 ec gcec|dBGA BAAB|
c2 ec gcec|c2 ec dBGB|c2 cA B2 Bc|1 dBGA BAAB:|2 dBGA BAAd||
7
X: 7
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:e2BA eABA|~G3B dGAG|~e3A eABA|dBGA BA~A2|
e2BA eABA|~G3B dGBG|cBcA B3G|1 dBGA BAA2:|2 dBGA BAAB||
|:c2ec gceB|c2eg dBGB|c2ec gceg|dBGA BAAB|
c2ec gceB|cdeg dBGB|cBcA B3G|1 dBGA BAAB:|2 dBGA BAA2||
8
X: 8
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ga|:eA{d}BA eA{d}BA|GBde dBGg|e2^cA eAcA|dBGB Agfa|
e2^cA eAcA|GBde dBGB|{d}=c2Ac B2GB|1 dBGB Agfg:|2 dBGB A^GAB||
|:c2ec gcec|(3ccc ec dBGB|~c2ec gceg|dBGB A^GAB|
cdef (3gag fg|afge dBGB|~c2Ac B2GB|1 dBGB A^GAB:|2 dBGB Agfa||
9
X: 9
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
fBdf fBdf|eA(3cBA eA(3cBA|fBdf fBdf|ecAc dBB2|
fBdf fBdf|eA(3cBA eA(3cBA|dcdB cBAd|ecAc dBB2|
d2fd adfd|c2ec Acec|d2fd adfd|ecAc dBB2|
d2fd adfd|c2ec Acec|defg abaf|ecAc dBB2|
10
X: 10
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:EAcA EAcA|G2 Bc dBcA|EAcA EAcA|dBGA BA A2|
EAcA EAcA|G2 GA BGAB|cAA2 BABc|dBGA BA A2:|
|:c2 ec gcec|c2 eg dBGB|c2 ec gcec|dBGA BAA2|
c2 ec gcec|c2 eg dBGB|cAA2 BABc|dBGA BA A2:|
11
X: 11
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:BEGE BEGE|D2FD ADFA|BEGE BEGE|AFDE FEE2|
BEGE BEGE|D2FD ADFA|~G3G~F3F|AFDE FEE2:|
|:G2BG dGBG|G2BG AFDF|G2BG dGBG|AFDE FEE2|
G2BG dGBG|G2BG AFDF|~G3G~F3F|AFDE FEE2:|
12
X: 12
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eAcA eAcA|~G2BG dGBd|eAcA eAcA|dBGB cA~A2|
eAcA eAcA|~G2BG dGBd|~c2cA ~B3c|1 dBGB cA~A2:|2 dBGB cAAB||
|:c2ec gcec|cdeg dBGB|c2ec gceg|dBGB cAAB|
c2ec gcec|cdeg dBGB|~c2cA ~B3c|1 dBGB cAAB:|2 dBGB cAA2||
13
X: 13
T: The Curragh Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eAcA EAcA|DGBG dGBG|eAcA eAcA|dBGB cAA2|
eAcA EAcA|DGBG dGBG|c2cd BAGB|dBGB cAA2:|
|:c2ce gece|cege dGBG|cBce gece|dBGB cAA2|
c2ec gcec|cege dGBG|c2cd BAGB|dBGB cAA2:|

Twenty-three comments

Curragh Races

This comes from the Bothy Band. Tying in to Danny’s discussion about sets, I’ve one other reel to post and then I’ll tell you about what I think was the greatest set of reels never recorded.

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Curragh Races

P.S. -I think this is sometimes called “The Maid InThe Cherry Tree”.

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A slightly different setting is found in O’Neill’s. Either way a cracking tune.

T:The Maid In The Cherry Tree
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:ORION - Restless Home
R:reel
Z:gian marco pietrasant
K:ADOR
gfa|eA~A2 eABA|GBde dBGB|eA~A2 eABA|GBdB BAfg|
(3ege dg e^cdB|GABG dGBd|cBAc ~B2ge|1dBGB A2:|2dBGB BAAB|:
cdef gc~c2|gceg dBGB|cdef gceg|dBGB BAAB|
cGEG ~g3e|dedc BGBd|cBAc ~B2ge|1dBGB BAAB:|1dBGB A2|

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London Lasses

The reel that John Carty plays after “The Galway (or Galloway) Hornpipe” listed on his 2005 album “I Will if I Can” as “The Maid in the Cherry tree is also known as “The London Lasses”

Cre 1

Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. Brendán Breathnach. 1963 p.44 no.103. “An Gearrchaile sa gCrann Silíní”

Curragh Races Polka

On their album ‘Lonesome Blues and Dancing Shoes’ (2002), The Boys of the Lough play this tune as a polka and call it “Curragh Races Polka”. I also learned it from Midlothian harper Mairi Robertson as “The Toureendarby Polka” - which is also here under that name (https://thesession.org/tunes/8895). I can’t change the time signature or the tune type, but you get the gist of it.

Only the name…

To me that’s a completely different tune, Nigel. Minor similarities in the first part, but none at all in the second. I could well be wrong, but can you come up with an instance of that polka being called “The Curragh Races” before the “Boys Of The Lough” recorded it under that title ?

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Curragh Races Polka

Nah, none at all. I was going by the A part, in which there are a few similarities, but you’re right about the B part. The BOTL probably did the same thing as I did and just assumed it was a polka version of the tune. Dash it all!!!!

X:4

From piper Nollaigh McCarthy, Willie Clancy Summer School 1990

The Curragh Races, X:8 (“The Hare in the Corn”)

A Donegal version played by John Doherty on “Bundle and Go”, track 9. Sometimes Doherty replaces the initial “eA{d}BA” figure in the opening bars with the “eA^cA” figure seen later in the first part. I like the modal contrasts in this setting that is so indicative of Donegal music especially.

The Curragh Races, X:9

I transcribed this from Cape Breton fiddler Wilfred Prosper on the album “Bras D’Or House”, which is a compilation of Cape Breton fiddle recordings from Rounder. I think this setting is very close to the one on the Macnamara Family’s “Leitrim’s Hidden Treasure” which they call “The London Lasses”.

Peadar O’Laughlin

Another tune from:
Lets Have A Session,
Continuing The Tradition,
A Second Complication Of Traditional Irish Music,
Settings Selected And Arranged By Kathleen Harte.