Lord Gordon’s reel

Also known as An Tiarna Gordon, Lord Gordon, Lord Gordons.

There are 92 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Lord Gordon’s appears in 9 other tune collections.

Lord Gordon’s has been added to 6 tune sets.

Lord Gordon's has been added to 278 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Lord Gordon's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dcdf ecdB|AFdF A2Bc|cBBA BFAF|1 EFGA BcdB:|2 EFGA Bcde||
|:f2df afdf|afdf a2gf|efga bgec|dcBA ^GABc|
df~f2 ecdB|AFdF A2Bc|cBBA BFAF|EFGA Bcde:|
|:fa~a2 fdad|fa~a2 fdad|gb~b2 gebe|gb~b2 gebe|
fgfe dcdA|BAGB ABdf|afec dBAF|1 EFGA Bcde:|2 EFGA BcdB||
|:Addc defd|Addc defd|eggf ~g3f|eggf gage|
fgfe dcdB|BAGB ABdf|afec dBAF|1 EFGA BcdB:|2 EFGA Bcde||
|:faa^g afde|faa^g a2=gf|gbef gbef|gbeg bgef|
g2bg fgaf|fedB ABdf|afec dBAF|1 EFGA Bcde:|2 EFGA BcdB||
~d3f ecdB|AFDF A2Bc|dBcA BGAF|1 EFGA BcdB:|2 EFGA Bcde||
|:f2df afdf|f2df afdf|efga bgec|dcBA FABc|
d2fd ecdB|AFDF A2Bc|dBcA BGAF|EFGA Bcde:|
|:fa~a2 fdad|fa~a2 fdad|gb~b2 gebe|gb~b2 gebe|
~f3e dedB|BA^GB ABdf|afec dBAF|1 EFGA Bcde:|2 EFGA BcdB||
Ad~d2 defd|Ad~d2 defd|eggf ~g3f|eggf gage|
fgfe dcdB|BA^GB ABdf|afec dBAF|EFGA BcdB|
Adcd fdcd|Adcd fdcd|egfg bg~g2|egfg bgeg|
fgfe dcdB|BA^GB ABdf|afec dBAF|EFGA Bcde||
|:fa~a2 afde|faa^g a2=gf|gbef gbef|gbeg bgef|
g2bg fgaf|gedB ABdf|afec dBAF|1 EFGA Bcde:|2 EFGA BcdB||
X: 2
T: Lord Gordon's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dcdf edef|(3ABA ^GB A2Bc|(3dcB (3cBA BFAF|1 EFGA BcdB:|2 EFGA Bcde||
|:f2 df afde|(3faf df a2 gf|efga bgec|dcBA GABc|
d~f3 e~B3|AFdF A2 Bc|dB (3cBA BFAF|EFGA Bcde:|
|:fa (3aaa fdad|fa (3aaa fdad|fb(3bbb febe|fb(3bbb febe|
~f3e ~d3B|(3ABA ^GB A2e(f|a)fec dBAF|EFGA Bcde:|
Adcd fdcd|Adcd fdcd|egfg bgfg|egfg bgeg|
fgfe dedB|(3ABA ^GB A2e(f|a)fec dBAF|EFGA BcdB|
Ad{e}dc defd|Ad{e}dc defd|eg{a}gf ~g3f|(3efg {a}gf ~g3f|
fgfe dedB|(3ABA ^GB A2e(f|a)fec dBAF|EFGA Bcde|
|:fa{b}a^g afde|fa{b}a^g afdf|gbef gbef|gbef gfef|
gb(3bbb fa (3aaa|fedB ABdf|afec dBAF|1 EFGA BcdB:|2 EFGA B2|
"Final Ending"[G2B2] [F2A2]||
X: 3
T: Lord Gordon's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|vA(uD F/E/D) A(D F/E/D)|A(D F/E/D) FAdc|vB(uE ~E2) (B,E~E2)|(BE~E2 BA)FA|
v(dcd)f e(cdB)|A/B/A ^GB uA2 v(Bc)|(ud/c/B c/B/A B)(FA)(F|EF)vGuA v(Bc d/c/B|
vA)(uD F/E/D) A,DFA|vA(uD F/E/D) FA(dc)|(uBE) vE/E/E (dE) E/E/E|(BE) E/E/E (uBA)FA|
v(dcd)f eu(cd)B|(uA/B/A) ^GB A2 u(Bc|d/c/B c/B/A B)(FA)(F|EF)vGuA (vBc)de||
uf2df afdg|vf(cd)vf (uaf)(vgf|e)(fg)(a b)(ge)(vc|d)(cBA) v^GA(Bc|
vd)(cd)f (uec)dB|vA(uFdF) (A2Bc)|(ud/e/d c/d/c) (B/c/BA)(F|EF)vGuA (vBc)de|
uf2df afdg|vf(cd)vf (uaf)(vgf|e)(fg)(a b)(ge)(vc|d/c/B) (c/B/A) ^GABc|
vd(uf~f2) e(B~B2)|A(FdF) (A2Bc)|(ud/c/B c/B/A B)(FA)(F|EF)GA (vBc)de||
|:(ufa) a/a/a uf(vda)(ud|fa) a/a/a uf(vda)(ud|fb) b/b/b ufveubve|(fb) b/b/b febe|
(ufg)fe (dcd)(uB|uA/B/A) ^GB (vABd)(uf|a)fe(vc dBA)(uF|1 EF)GA (vBc)de:|2 (EF)GA (Bcd)uB||
vA(udcd fdcd)|(vAdcd f)(udcd)|(egfg b)(gfg)|(egfg b)(geg)|
v~f3e d(ucd)B|(uA/B/A) ^GB (ABd)(f|a)fe(vc dBA)(uF|EF)GA (Bcd)B
vA(ud{e}dc) defd|vA(ud{e}dc) defd|ve(uf~gf) (v~gfgf)|(uef{a}gf) (~gfga)|
(u~f3e) (dcd)(B|A/B/A) ^GB (ABd)(f|a)fe(vc dBA)(uF|EF)GA (Bcd)g||
|:vf(a~a2 {b}af)de|vf(ua{b}af) (a/b/a gf)|(ugbef) (vgbef)|(ugbeg) (bge)(uf|
ug2(vbg f)(ua{b}ag|fe)dB (vABd)(f|a)fe(vc dBA) (uF|1 EF)GA (Bcd)g:|2 EF)GA (Bc) (ud/c/B)||
"Final Ending" (EF)GA [G2B2] z2|[F4A4]||
X: 4
T: Lord Gordon's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AD D2 AD D2|ADED A2 fd|Be e2 Bede|Be e2 ABBc|
d2 df efdB|AdFd ABde|fdef dBAd|1 BEEB GBdB:|2 BEEB ABde||
f2 de fade|fade faaf|gbef gbef|gbeg b2 ba|
faef dddB|AdFd ABde|fdef dBAd|BEEB ABde|
f2 de fade|fade faaf|gbef gbef|gbeg b2 ba|
bbbg aaae|f/g/a ef d2 de|fdef dBAd|BEEB GBdB||
X: 5
T: Lord Gordon's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dz fd efdB|BAFB A2Bc|dBBA BAAF|EFGA B3d|
ADFD A3B|ADFD FAdc|BE E2 e3d|B3c BA3|
dz fd efdB|BAFB A2Bc|dBBA BAAF|EFGA Bcde||
f3a afde|fedf az gf|efga bgec|dcBA ^GABc|
dff2 efdB|BAFB Az BA|dBBA BAAF|EFGA Bcde|
f3b afde|f3g az ba|g3a bgec|dcBc A3c|
d3f efdc|BF3 Az BA|dBBA BAAF|EFGA Bcde||
faa2 fdd2|faa2 fdd2|gbb2 gee2|gbb2 gee2|
f3e d3B|BAA2 Az df|aff2 dBAF|EFGA Bcde|
fa dfa dfa|dff2 az fa|g3f gee2|g/f/ebe gfeg|
f3e d3B|BAA2 Az df|aff2 dBAF|EFGA Bz dB||
Add2 defd|Add2 defd|eggf g3f|eggf gz ag|
f3e d3B|BAFB A2df|aff2 dBAF|EFGA BgdB|
Add2 defd|Add2 defd|eggf g3f|egg2 bz ag|
f3g f2ag|fedB Adef|aff2 dBAF|EFGA Bcde||
fz af afde|faaf az gf|g3f g2ef|gb egb gef|
gbag fz ag|fedB Adef|aff2 dBAF|EFGA Bcde|
fz af afde|faaf az gf|(3ggg ef (3ggg ef|(3ggg ef bgef|
g4 f3z|fedB Adef|aff2 dBAF|EFGA BgdB|A4||
X: 6
T: Lord Gordon's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
cBce decA|AG^FA G2AB|cABG AEGE|1 DEFG A3c:|2 DEFG ABcd||
|:~e2ce gece|~e2ce g2fe|defg afdB|cBAG ^FGAB|
c2ec decA|AG^FA G2AB|cABG AEGE|DEFG ABcd:|
|:eg~g2 ecgc|eg~g2 ecgc|fa~a2 fdad|fa~a2 fdad|
eged c2Gc|AGEA GAcd|ecdB cAGE|1 DEFG ABcd:|2 DEFG AccA||
|:GccG (3cec ce|GccG (3cec ec|dffe f2fe|d2f2 dfaf|
eged c2Gc|AGEA GAce|gedB cAGE|1 DEFG AccA:|DEFG ABcd|
g3^f gecd|egg^f g2=fe|fade f2de|f2df afde|
f2af egge|edcA GAce|gedB cAGE|1 DEFG ABcd|
egg^f g2cd|egg^f g2=fe|fade f2de|f2df afde|
f2af egge|edcA GAce|gedB cAGE|DEFG A3c|

Thirty-four comments

Wow, you must have laboured for *days* on this one. Jeremy should feel honoured.

Show-off piece!

The most recent recording on which this tune can be heard is probably Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington’s “Fortune Favours The Merry.” The sleeve notes says it derives from a strathspey called “The Duke of Gordon”: https://thesession.org/tunes/2814

GREAT recording on Ciaran Tourish’s “Down The Line”

Ciaran’s recording of this is alone worth the price of the CD (and there are many other great tracks on it as well)…..

My favourite version of this is by Matt Cranitch on the Na Fili album A Kindly Welcome: solo fiddle, tons of reverb, simply sublime!

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hi iv bin tyryin to download a recording of this from somewhere but i cant find any of the ones you have said
can you suggest any other musicians that have recorded this tune??
thank u

Guiter chords

also (another thingi no) would anyone be able to help wih wich guitar chords are needed?

Sorted - for 79p……

Kevin Burke opens “Up Close” with “Lord Gordon’s”. Available here, for the princely sum of £0.79.


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anyone know of any box players who play this??

and thanks kenny i downloaded the whole kevin burke album…well worth it i recon

Lord Gordon’s Reel

Kathryn Tickell plays this on fiddle on her second album “Borderlands”, which may or may not still be available.


Someone told me this originally a scottish tune, does anyone know if that’s true or not?

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Some tunes are just worth it. This one is definitely worth it!!


Widely described as a piping tune, how much sweeter in the hands of a fiddler (the likes of Kevin Burke)!

Piping tune …?

Who describes it as a “piping” tune ? Relatively few recordings of it on pipes compared to fiddle, I would have thought. Incidentally, my favourite version would be by Conal O’Grada on Colm Murphy’s “An Bodhran” CD.

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I got that impression from pipers comments on it, + it features in some tutorbooks as a pipering classic…
But I think that unique low A in the first bar -and the mellifluous accidentals- lend the whole tune a depth the pipes can’t match. Though a piper myself, I’ll bow to that!
I haven’t heard formal recordings of it on the pipes, or they didn’t leave the same impression of utter bliss…
Does any one know the earliest reference for that tune or the name of the composer?

Coleman’s Setting of “Lord Gordon”

This setting is from the playing of Michael Coleman. I’m not sure but I think he made this tune into the multi-part monster that we know today. This setting is closer to the way I’ve heard Burke, MacGann & even Tourish & Doherty play it. Some players play gb (3bbb gebe instead of fb (3bbb febe in the third part. There was an older 2 part reel called “Lord Gordon’s” That I’ve seen in a Scottish collection which is closer to the 1st & 2nd parts of this setting.

T:Lord Gordon’s
S:M Coleman
dB ||: AD (3FED A,DFB | AD (3FED FAdc | BE~E2 dE~E2 | BE~E2 BAFA | dcdf edef | (3ABA ^GB A2Bc | (3dcB (3cBA BFAF |1 EFGA BcdB :|2 EFGA Bcde |
|: f2 df afde | (3faf df a2 gf | efga bgec | dcBA GABc | d~f3 e~B3 | AFdF A2 Bc | dB (3cBA BFAF | EFGA Bcde :|
|: fa (3aaa fdad | fa (3aaa fdad | fb(3bbb febe | fb(3bbb febe | ~f3e ~d3B | (3ABA ^GB A2e(f | a)fec dBAF | EFGA Bcde :|
| Adcd fdcd |Adcd fdcd | egfg bgfg |egfg bgeg | fgfe dedB | (3ABA ^GB A2e(f | a)fec dBAF | EFGA BcdB |
Ad{e}dc defd | Ad{e}dc defd | eg{a}gf ~g3f | (3efg {a}gf ~g3f | fgfe dedB | (3ABA ^GB A2e(f | a)fec dBAF | EFGA Bcde |
|: fa{b}a^g afde | fa{b}a^g afdf | gbef gbef | gbef gfef | gb(3bbb fa (3aaa |fedB ABdf | afec dBAF |1 EFGA BcdB :|2 EFGA B2 | “Final Ending”[G2B2] [F2A2] ||

Lord Gordon

I see a setting of this in Joyce’s manuscripts under the name “My Heart with Love Is Beating”.

Another recent recording

My friend James Murray from Tubbercurry gives a brilliant rendition of this tune on his recent album ‘The Powellsborough Lassies’. I’m biased of course but this album deserves more recognition.

A transcription with bowing…

This one’s strictly for the Fiddle nerds (and because it’s a good way to learn to code bowing) - this version from Dave Lyth’s excellent book.

Additional… that took FORFECKINEVER to code. I cooked a chicken!

Re: Lord Gordon’s

This is a strathspey entitled, “The Duke of Gordon’s Rant.” It may very well be the original source of this beloved tune.

T:Duke of Gordon’s Rant
S:McGlashan - Strathspey Reels (1786)
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
d>efd (B2 B)c|d>ef>a e>fd>B|A>FD>F A>Bd>e|
f>de>B d>BAF|E/E/E F>A B2B||f/g/|a>df>d addf/g/|
a>dfd a3f|b>eg>e b>eef|gfed B3c|d>ef>a e>fd>B|
A>FD>F A>Bd>e|f>de>B d>BA>F|E/E/E F>A (B2 B)||
f/g/|a>dfd addf/g/|a>dfd a3f|b>eg>e b>eeb|a>fe>d (B2 B)c|
d>ef>a e>fd>B|A>FD>F A>Bd>e|f>ae>f d>BAF|E/E/E F>A (B2B)||

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Re: Lord Gordon’s

Woooohoooo, when I saw theese versions, of a fantastic tune, with all this bows and stuff, it made me absolutely confused. In my opinion it’s not the easy’est thing in the world to read that stuff, and remember it, I can’t see the meaning with it, but now I have made a version of one of the above, where I have vacuumed it for all these ‘oddities’.
It should now be a little more easy to read, and then you can put your own stuff in it when you’ve learned the tune.

X: 4
T: Lord Gordon’s
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB | AD F/E/D AD F/E/D | AD F/E/D FAdc | BE ~E2 B,E~E2 | BE~E2 BAFA |
dcdf ecdB | AA^GB A2 Bc | dBcA BFAF | EFGA Bc :|
de|f2df afdg | f2df afgf | efga bgec | dcBA ^GABc |
dcdf ecdB | AFdF A2Bc | ddcd BdAF | EFGA Bc :|
de| fa a/a/a fdad | fa a/a/a fdad | fb b/b/b febe | fb b/b/b febe |
fgfe dcdB | AA^GB ABdf | afec dBAF | EFGA Bc :|
dB|Addc defd | Addc defd | egfg bgfg | egfg bgeg |
~f3e dcdB | AA^GB ABdf | afec dBAF | EFGA Bc:|
de| fa~a2 afde | fa~a2 afde | gbef gbef | gbef gaaf |
g2ag faag | fedB ABdf | afec dBAF | EFGA Bc :|

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Re: Lord Gordon’s - recordings on YouTube worth a listen - - -

Brought forward from a recent discussion:

Uninteresting Tunes
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“88 recordings of “Lord Gordon’s” listed here. Anyone who thinks it’s “boring” needs to listen to Conal O’Grada’s version on Colm Murphy’s “An Bodhran” CD - Or these:”

Comhaltas Live: Lord Gordon’s Reel - played by Orlaith McAuliffe (tin whistle) and Colm McGonigle (harp) at The Herschel Arms, Slough.

Kevin Burke: Up Close - Lord Gordon’s Reel

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Re: Lord Gordon’s

Kenny, which version of the above is Kevin playing?

To all A couple of the ones above are so long, then there is a shorter one.
Why are they so long, they don’t follow the traditional sheet music style 16 and 16 measures.
Don’t mind the questions justa novice fiddler here. 🙂

Re: Lord Gordon’s

“Kenny, which version of the above is Kevin playing?”
Not necessarily any of them, although it might be closest to B.Maloney’s transcription of the Michael Coleman version.
There’s no such thing as “traditional sheet music style”, and absolutely no rule which says any tune has to have “16 measures”.
The original “Lord Gordon’s” reel had 2 parts. The Sligo fiddle player Michael Coleman, allegedly, added another 3 parts based on variations from the original tune. His recordings were so popular that everyone started learning his 5-part version, to the point that the now “accepted” version of “Lord Gordon’s” is his setting - that is certainly the case at least in Ireland and in my own personal experience.
Hope this helps. Regards, Kenny.

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