The Plough And The Stars reel

Also known as The Plough In The Stars, The Plow And Stars, The Reel On The Doorstep.

There are 21 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Master McDermott’s (a few times), The Belles Of Tipperary (a few times), Dillon Brown (a few times), The Green Mountain (a few times) and McDermott’s (a few times).

The Plough And The Stars has been added to 14 tune sets.

The Plough And The Stars has been added to 149 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Plough And The Stars
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GEDE GABd|gabg aged|B3d e2de|gedB AcBA|
GEDE GABd|gabg aged|Bd~d2 eBdB|1 AGAB G2BA:|2 AGAB G2 (3def||
|:g3b a2ba|gabg aged|Bd~d2 ed~d2|gedB AcBA|
GEDE GABd|gabg aged|Bd~d2 eBdB|1 AGAB G2 (3def:|2 AGAB G2 BA||
# Added by nobu .
X: 2
T: The Plough And The Stars
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|:FDCD FGAc| fg (3agf gfdc|Ac (3ccc dAcA| fdcA ~B2 AG|
FDCD FGAc| fg (3agf gfdc |Ac (3ccc dAcA |1 GFGA FBAG :|2 GFGA FGAc|
|:~f3 a ~g3 a |fgaf gfdc|Ac ~c2 d2 cd|fdcA (3BcB AG|
FDCD FGAc|fgaf gfdc|Ac ~c2 dAcA|GFGA FGAc:|
X: 3
T: The Plough And The Stars
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GEDE GABd|gabg aged|Bd~d2 ed~d2 |gedB AcBA|
GEDE GABd|g2 bg a2 ge|Bd~d2 gedB| AcBA G3 A:|
|:g3b a2ba|gabg aged|Bd~d2 ed~d2|gedB AcBA|
GEDE GABd|g2 bg a2 ge|Bd~d2 gedB| AcBA G3 A:|

Eight comments

Also played in F, by those whose instruments facilitate it.

This feels a bit hornpipey to me.

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The Plough and the Stars

This popular reel is a composition of Irish-American fiddler and banjo player, Larry Redican (1908-1975). Though he was born in Dublin, Redican’s parents hailed from Boyle, Co.Sligo, and were both flute players. Redican, however, chose the fiddle and studied with Frank O’Higgins in Dublin before he emigrated to the United States in 1928. He worked for much of his life
for the cosmetics company Estee Lauder in New York. Redican was a member of the New York Céili Band, and a member of an All - Ireland Senior Championship Trio with Galway native, Jack Coen (flute) and the late Paddy O’Brien (box).

www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/LAR.htm

The Plough and the Stars in F

I learned this tune from Saskia Tomkins (www.steafan.com/saskiatomkins). Follow it with the Culfadda (https://thesession.org/tunes/1523)

T: The Plough the Stars
M: 4/4
R: reel
K: F

|:FDCD FGAc| fg (3agf gfdc|Ac (3ccc dAcA| fdcA ~B2 AG|
FDCD FGAc| fg (3agf gfdc |Ac (3ccc dAcA |1 GFGA FBAG :|2 GFGA FGAc|
|:~f3 a ~g3 a |fgaf gfdc|Ac ~c2 d2 cd|fdcA (3BcB AG|
FDCD FGAc|fgaf gfdc|Ac ~c2 dAcA|GFGA FGAc:|

Title is “The Plough and the Stars”

Of course the title in the ABC above should be:

T: The Plough and the Stars

session version

I’ve just added on a slightly different version that I think is closer to how it is usually played in sessions

Re: The Plough And The Stars

‘The plough and the stars’ is the title of a play by Irish writer Seán O’Casey, set during the Easter uprising of 1916 and first performed in Dublin in 1926. The Irish Citizen Army, which took part in the uprising in Dublin, originally used a flag featuring the stars of ‘the Plough’ constellation superimposed on an image of a yellow metal plough on a green background. (Information from Wikipedia).