John Kelly’s reel

Also known as A Kerry, An Rogha Chiarrai, Capel Street, The Chapel House, John Kelly’s Old Concertina, The Kerry, The Old Concertina.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

John Kelly’s has been added to 7 tune sets.

John Kelly's has been added to 167 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: John Kelly's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
A|:Beed B^cdB|~B2AG E^FGA|Beed B^cdB|~B2A^F D2^FA:|
|Bee^c d2^fd|edB^c dBA2|Bee^c d2^fd|edB^c ~d3A|
Bee^c d2^fd|edB^c dBA2|eg{a}ge ~^f3e|dBAB e3A|
# Added by Mikea .
X: 2
T: John Kelly's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
Beed BcdA|~B2AF EFGA|Beed BcdA|(3BcdAF D2FA:|
Beec d2 [.d2.f2]|[de]dBc dB(3ABA|Beec d2 [.d2.f2]|[de]dBc ~d3A|
Beec d2[.d2.f2]|[de]dBc dBAf|~g3e ~f3e|dBAB [B3e3]d|
X: 3
T: John Kelly's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
Beed Bcdc|BFAF EFGA|B/B/B ed Bcdc|BFAF DEFA|
Be e/e/e Bcdc|BFAF EFGA|Beed Bcde|dBAF DEFA||
B/B/B eB dfaf|edBc cBBA| ~B3c df a/a/f|edBc decA|
B/B/B eB dfaf|edBc cBBA|fgge ~f3e|dBAF EFGA||
# Added .
X: 4
T: John Kelly's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B2ed BcdA|B2AF EFGA|B2ed BcdA|(3BcB AF D2FA:|
Beec d2fd|edBc dBA2|Beec d2fd|edBc ~d3A|
Beec d2fd|edBc dBA2|g2ge ~f3e|dBABe3d||
X: 5
T: John Kelly's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
Beed BcdA | B2 AG E2 FA | Beed BcdA | B2 AF D2 FA:|
|Beec df ~f2 | edBc (3dcB cA | Beec df ~f2 | edBc d3A|
Beec df ~f2 | edBc dA (3Bcd | g3e fgfe | dB ~B2 dfec ||

Thirteen comments

This is the first tune on Kevin Burk’s album If the cap fits, I asked
Kevin if he had a name for it and he told me he learned it along time ago but never had a title so if anybody out there knows one
they may post it. I play all the tunes from that album so I will post the missing ones soon.

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It’s "John Kelly’s". Also comes in D dorian. Lovely tune.

Nice Tune. Thanks.

I learned the final bar of the first part as |A2 FE D3 A|
On fiddle, try sliding up to the first B. For variation, in the next to last bar of the second part the high g can be rolled as well as the f. Really nice tune!

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A Kerry reel - key??

I’m a bit confused here - The ABC states the key as E min, then procedes to sharpen all the F’s and C’s. Is this just not a plain old D maj reel, as it also seems to end up on D?

(or have I missed something?)

It’s E dorian surely?

or E dorian ?

Corrected version of John Kelly’s

Here it is in the right key with some beef and potaters.

T: John Kelly’s (A Kerry Reel)
S:Based on Kevin Burke’s version from ‘If The Cap Fits’. Transcribed by Mark MacDiarmid (Lead in note is 1/8 A).
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: EDor
Beed BcdA|~B2AF EFGA|Beed BcdA|(3BcdAF D2FA:|
Beec d2 [.d2.f2]|[de]dBc dB(3ABA|Beec d2 [.d2.f2]|[de]dBc ~d3A|
Beec d2[.d2.f2]|[de]dBc dBAf|~g3e ~f3e|dBAB [B3e3]d|

John Kelly’s

From Teada’s cd Inne Amarach:

X: 1
T: John Kelly’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Edor
Beed Bcdc|BFAF EFGA|B/B/B ed Bcdc|BFAF DEFA|
Be e/e/e Bcdc|BFAF EFGA|Beed Bcde|dBAF DEFA||
B/B/B eB dfaf|edBc cBBA| ~B3c df a/a/f|edBc decA|
B/B/B eB dfaf|edBc cBBA|fgge ~f3e|dBAF EFGA||

Posted .

very confusingly similar to Michael Kennedy’s reel
https://thesession.org/tunes/551
(I first heard both tunes off Kevin Burke’s recordings, Michael Kennedy’s appears on Up Close)

A Kerry, X:5

Version from Afterlight by Ímar