The J.B. reel

Also known as J&b, The J. B., J.B.’s, The JB.

There are 14 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Bonawe Highlanders (a few times) and The Shepherdess (a few times).

The J.B. has been added to 1 tune set.

The J.B. has been added to 64 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The J.B.
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
|:Bddc BGGF|DGGA Bcdc|Bcdc BGGe|fF F/F/F AFcA|
Bcdc BGGF|DGGA Bcde|f2cf egce|facf AFFA:|
|:Ggga bagf|dBBc BcdB|Ggga b2ab|c'bag fFAF|
Ggga bagb|agfe fac'a|gabg fdcB|ABcd BG G/G/G:|
X: 2
T: The J.B.
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
K: F# dorian
|: {AB}c2 c{=dc}B AFFE | CFFG AecB | {AB}c2 c{dc}B AFFd | eEEG BAGE |
{AB}c2 c{=dc}B AFFE | CFFG ABcd | d!fermata!eBe dfBd | e/f/g Be GBEG :|
|: Fffg {gg}agf{gf}e | !fermata!cAAB ABcA | Fffg {ggag}agfa | {ga}bag{ag}f eEGE |
Fffg {fg}agfa | {ga}gfed egbg | fga!trill!f ecBA | GABc A/G/F GE :|

Seven comments

J.b.

tune requested by binioubraz.
Source: Sean Keane : "The Fire Aflame"
Transcription: g.m.p.

Recorded by Alasdair Fraser

One one of his earlier albums, possible Skyedance. I think he plays it in F#min

J.b.

This is an old highland (Scottish) tune, written in Fsharp minor.

The “J.B.” Reel

Composed by Scottish music lover James Murdoch Henderson in 1932 and published in his book Flowers of Scottish Melody. If I remember rightly, it was also recorded by Jonny Hardie and Gavin Marwick. The "JB" in question was James B Paterson, a headmaster at Cullen, "a perfivid Scot; cultured musician; friend of James Scott Skinner".

Key

The version on Altan’s Runaway Sunday is in F# Dorian, what key should I learn it in, does anybody play this at sessions?

The J.B., X:2

Beautiful setting played as a slow air by Jonny Hardie on OBD’s "New Tricks", c. 96 bpm. Sustain for maybe half a beat longer on the pauses if you’re including them.
I heard this tune for the first time (I thought) just this past week, really loved it, and transcribed it soon after. I was browsing my library for sessionable material earlier, and was surprised to see a familiar name in an Altan set. Glad it’s not totally obscure.