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 16 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

John Kelly’s appears in 2 other tune collections.

John Kelly’s has been added to 9 tune sets.

John Kelly's has been added to 192 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
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 .
2
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|
3
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 .
4
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||
5
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!

Posted by .

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