The Curragh Races reel

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

There are 22 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Curragh Races has been added to 6 tune sets.

The Curragh Races has been added to 156 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

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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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|1dBGB A2:|2dBGB BAAB|:
cdef gc~c2|gceg dBGB|cdef gceg|dBGB BAAB|
cGEG ~g3e|dedc BGBd|cBAc ~B2ge|1dBGB BAAB:|1dBGB A2|
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 :|
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 :|
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 :|
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|]
X: 7
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|[1dBGB Agfg|:|[2dBGB A^GAB|
|:c2ec gcec|(3ccc ec dBGB|~c2ec gceg|dBGB A^GAB|cdef (3gag fg|afge dBGB|~c2Ac B2GB|[1dBGB A^GAB|:|[2dBGB Agfa|
X: 8
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|
X: 9
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 :|

Nineteen 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:7 (“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:8

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".

The Curragh Races, X:9

Heard a piper play it something like this. Like the low e much better in the first and subsequent bars.