The Smoky House reel

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Smoky House appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Smoky House has been added to 1 tune set.

The Smoky House has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Smoky House
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:AB|cAeA cAeA|BGGA BcdB|cAeA cAeA|dBGB A2AB|
cAeA cAeA|BGGA BcdB|cBAB cdef|gedB A2:|
|:ab|c'bag agef|gedc BGGb|c'bag aged|(3efg ab a2ab|
c'baf gbaf|gedc BGG2|ABcd edef|gedB A2:|
X: 2
T: The Smoky House
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|:de|fdec dcAG|cAGF EC~C2|fdec dcAG|A/B/c de d2 de|
f/e/d ec dcAG|cAGF EC~C2|FEDE FGAB|cAGE D2:|
X: 3
T: The Smoky House
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:ef|gefd edBA|dBAG FD~D2|gefd edBA|B/c/d ef e2 ef|
g/f/e fd edBA|dBAG FD~D2|GFEF GABc|dBAF E2:|

Six comments

The Smoky House

Tune number 725 in Francis O’Neill:"The Dance Music of Ireland" (1907).

There are other two tunes in thesession that have the same name, but as a second name. I went through all the settings and if I’m not mistaken, there are only some similarities with the first part. What makes this tune more recognisable is the second part, that reaches the high C.

The Breton band Gwendal played it in his 1977 album called Rainy Day, it is one of the reels of the set played in the first track. More than likely this band got the tune directly from O’Neill’s tunebook because they play it very similar, doing a nice alternation of instruments.

This is the track in the album, the reel starts at 3:13 (I added a comment with the link):

Kyle Borley plays a fine version as well:

And here you are Fergal Scahill on the mandolin with what looks like a change of position in the second part:

The Smoky House, X:2

From a heard setting of Seamus Ennis (though I cannot locate the recording as I post this). I imagine he must have played in in A on the pipes, but I am not sure.

Re: The Smoky House

Rainy Day I believe is a separate although similar tune. In the 2nd measure of the B part of Smoky House, stringed instruments can instead of repeating the low G, change the second G to an open string D and let it ring, allowing more time to get back up to the high B. O’Neil’s version in A goes up to the high C and only down to the G, which means that the B part may be played entirely in the lower register with a lovely ringing open G string at the bottom of the line. One of my favorite tunes, with many different settings inherent in the tune itself.

Re: The Smoky House

Do you Know the other tunes that complete the Rainy Day set of Gwendal?

Rainy Day - Miss Crawford´s - …..? - The Smoky House - McBrand´s Reel - ….? til the end


Re: The Smoky House

*McBrand´s -The Humours Of Westport reel

Re: The Smoky House

The Girl Who Broke My Heart - Miss Crawford´s - Rainy Day - The Smoky House - The Humours Of Westport.

Gwendal - Rainy Day

I miss the ending of the set….