Castle Kelly reel

Also known as Caisleán Uí Cheallaigh, Castle Kelly’s, Castle Smelly, Castlekelly, Jimmy’s Folly, Kelly’s Castle.

There are 81 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Hunter’s House (lots of times), Jenny’s Chickens (lots of times), The Three Sea Captains (lots of times) and The Humours Of Ballyconnell (a few times).

Castle Kelly has been added to 940 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

X: 1
T: Castle Kelly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:A2 cA ABcA|GcEG G2 EG|A2 cA ABcd|ecdB cA A2:|
|agec dfed|cAGE G2 eg|agec d2cd|eaag a2ba|
gedc dfed|cAGE|G2 EG|A2 cA ABcd|ecdB cA A2|
X: 2
T: Castle Kelly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:A3 G ABcA|GE{G}E^F G2 EG|A2 cA GAcd|1 egdB cAAG:|2 egdB cAAg||
age^c dfed|cAGE G2 eg|age^c d2 =cd|eaag a3 a|
age^c dfed|cAGE G2 EG A2 cA GAcd|1egdB cAAa:|2 egdB cAAG||
# Added .
X: 3
T: Castle Kelly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A2 cA ~A2 cA | GE ~E2 G2 EG | A2 cA GAcd | (3efg dB BAdB |
A2 cA ~A2 cA | GBEF G2 EG | A2 cA GAcd | egdB BA ~A2 |
age^c ~d2 ef | cAGE ~G2 G2 | age^c ~d2 cd | eaag a2 bg |
age^c ~d2 ef | cAGE G2 EG | A2 cA GAcd | egdB BA ~A2 |
X: 4
T: Castle Kelly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
(EG)||(A2c)(A2 B)cA|GcEG- G2EG|(A2c)A GAc(d|1 "4"e)(cd)(B cA)AG:|2 "4"e)(cd)(B cA)A2||
|:(ag)ec dfe(d|cA)GE (EG2)g|agec (cd)cd|uea{b}ag (ga)ba|
vgedc dfe(d|cA)GE (EG)EG|uA2cA GAc(d|1 "4"e)(cd)(B cA)A2:|2 "4"e)(cd)(B cA)AG||
X: 5
T: Castle Kelly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B2 dB BcdB|AdFA A2 FA|B2 dB ABde|fdec dB B2:|
|bafd egfe|dBAF A3 a|bafd e2de|fbba b2 c'b|
afed egfe|dBAF|A2 FA|B2 dB ABde|fdec dB B2||
X: 6
T: Castle Kelly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:A2 cA ABcA|GBEG G2 EG|A2 cA GAcd|egdB cAAG|
A4 ABcA|GBEG G2 EG|A2 cA GAcd|(3efg dB cA A2||
|agec d2 ed|cAGE G2 eg|agec d2 cd|eaag a2 ba|
gedc deed|cAGE G2 EG|A2 cA GAcd|egdB cAAG||
|:EAcA EAcA|GBEG G2 EG|A2 cA EAcd|egdB cAAG|
A2 A2 ABcA|GBEG G2 EG|A2 cd GAcd|(3efg dB cA A2||
|:agec deed|cAGE G2 eg|agec d2 cd|eaag abba|
agec deed|cAGE G2 EG|EAcA GAcd|egdB cA A2||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: Castle Kelly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: A2cA A2cA | GBEG G3E | A2cA GAcA | egdB cAA2 |
A2A2 cAEA | GBEG G3E | A2cA GAcA | egdB cAA2 ||
| agec d3d | cAGE G3g | agec d3d | eaag a3a |
gedc dee2 | cAGE G3E | A2cA GAcA | egdB cAA2 :|
||eAcA eAcA | GBEG G3E | A2cA GAcA | egdB cAA2 |
A2A2 cAEA | GBEG G3E | A2cA GAcA | egdB cAA2 ||
||eAA2 eAA2 | GBEG G3E | A2cA GAcA | egdB cAA2 |
A2cA A2cA | GBEG G3E | A2cA GAcA | egdB cAA2 ||
|: agec dee2 | cAGE G3g | agec d2ed | eaag a3a |
gedc d3d | cAGE G3E | A2cA GAcA | egdB cAA2 :|
X: 8
T: Castle Kelly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B2 dB BcdB|AcFA A2 FA|B2 dB ABde|faec dBBA|
B4 BcdB|AcFA A2 FA|B2 dB ABde|(3fga ec dB B2||
|bafd e2 fe|dBAF A2 fa|bafd e2 de|fbba b2 c'b|
afed effe|dBAF A2 FA|B2 dB ABde|faec dBBA||
|:FBdB FBdB|AcFA A2 FA|B2 dB FBde|faec dBBA|
B2 B2 BcdB|AcFA A2 FA|B2 de ABde|(3fga ec dB B2||
|:bafd effe|dBAF A2 fa|bafd e2 de|fbba bc'c'b|
bafd effe|dBAF A2 FA|FBdB ABde|faec dB B2||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 9
T: Castle Kelly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E2 GE EFGE|DFBd d2 Bd|E2 GE DEGA|BdAF GEED|
E2 E2 EFGE|DFBd d2 Bd|E2 GE DEGA|(3Bcd AF GE E2||
|edBG A2 BA|GEDB d2 Bd|edBG A2 GA|Beed e2 fe|
dBAG ABBA|GEDB d2 Bd|E2 GE DEGA|BdAF GEED||
|:BEGE BEGE|DFBd d2 Bd|E2 GE BEGA|BdAF GEED|
E2 E2 EFGE|DFBd d2 Bd|E2 GA DEGA|(3Bcd AF GE E2||
|:edBG ABBA|GEDB d2 Bd|edBG A2 GA|Beed effe|
edBG ABBA|GEDB d2 Bd|BEGE DEGA|BdAF GE E2||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 10
T: Castle Kelly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: "Am"A2 cA (3AAA cA | "G"GEDE GE (3EEE | "Am"AAcA GAcd | "G"ecdB "Am"cAAA |
"Am"(3AAA cA ABcA | "G"GEDE GEDE | "Am"(3AAA cA GAcd | "G"ecdB "Am"cA A2 :|
|: "Am"agec "G"(3ddd ed | "Am"cAGE "Em"(3GGG EG | "Am"agec "G"(3ddd cd | "Em"egag "Am"(3aaa dg |
"Am"agec "G"(3ddd ed | "Am"cAGE "G"(3GGG EG | "Am"(3AAA cA GAcd | "G"ecdB "Am"cA A2 :|

Fourteen comments

You could play this a fast reel in amongst a set but you’d be missing out on the tune’s real beauty.

This is a tune to play slowly. It has a very haunting, almost medieval sound to it.

Some well chosen triplets or rolls could enhance it nicely. And watch out for that F natural.

Brad Maloney kindly pointed me to an rte radio program, Ceili House (http://www.radio1.ie/weekend/ceilihouse/) this week, featuring the Burren Band, of Boston, led by Tommy McCarthy Jr. on fiddle. They galloped through a set of reels, and I really enjoyed their setting of Castle Kelly, as follies:

S: Burren Band, rte Ceili House
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Am
|:A3 G ABcA|GE{G}E^F G2 EG|A2 cA GAcd|1 egdB cAAG:|
|2 egdB cAAg||
|age^c dfed|cAGE G2 eg|age^c d2 =cd|eaag a3 a|
|age^c dfed|cAGE G2 EG A2 cA GAcd|1egdB cAAa:|2 egdB cAAG||

The lads actually played the A part four times and the B part twice.

Shifting between the c sharp and nat gives the tune more bite, as does the F sharp in bar 2 of the A part. For variety, I play that same bar as |G~E3 G2 EG|

Posted .

Much fun when played fast on the banjo

A dorian

I heard this played in the Red Deer Folk Club in Sheffield - long ago when there WAS a Red Deer Folk Club in Sheffield. It was something like this - so this is how I learnt it:

X: 50
T:Castle Kelly
M:4/4
L:1/8
Q:100
K:A dor
A2 cA ~A2 cA | GE ~E2 G2 EG | A2 cA GAcd | (3efg dB BAdB |
A2 cA ~A2 cA | GBEF G2 EG | A2 cA GAcd | egdB BA ~A2 |
age^c ~d2 ef | cAGE ~G2 G2 | age^c ~d2 cd | eaag a2 bg |
age^c ~d2 ef | cAGE G2 EG | A2 cA GAcd | egdB BA ~A2 |

B part repeat

Paddy Glackin and Paddy Keenan repeat the B part when they play it on Doublin’, making it 24 bars.

Paddy Glackin Version

Here is a rendition (with bowing suggestions) based on Paddy Glackin’s version on the "Doublin’" album with Paddy Keenan.

X:1
T: Castle Kelly
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Am
(EG)||(A2c)(A2 B)cA|GcEG- G2EG|(A2c)A GAc(d|1 "4"e)(cd)(B cA)AG:|2 "4"e)(cd)(B cA)A2||
|:(ag)ec dfe(d|cA)GE (EG2)g|agec (cd)cd|uea{b}ag (ga)ba|
vgedc dfe(d|cA)GE (EG)EG|uA2cA GAc(d|1 "4"e)(cd)(B cA)A2:|2 "4"e)(cd)(B cA)AG||
"First time A1"
A2cA (AB)cA|

B minor version

X: 1
T: Castle Kelly
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K:Bmin
|:B2 dB BcdB|AdFA A2 FA|B2 dB ABde|fdec dB B2:|
|bafd egfe|dBAF A3 a|bafd e2de|fbba b2 c’b|
afed egfe|dBAF|A2 FA|B2 dB ABde|fdec dB B2||

If you play this version on a C whistle you’ll avoid the awkward Fnatural fingering while still sounding ‘in A’. You can also play it in A without any F’s, it’s just as nice.

There’s a nice clip on Youtube of a young Tony MacMahon playing it in Amin after My Love is in America in C. Sonny Brogan cited as source

Castle Kelly

I love this reel, it lends itself to putting in so many variations as the mood fits. I have added a few variations to this setting.

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At a prodding from ‘ceolachan’ - the string, over at ‘Mild Mabel Kelly’-

https://thesession.org/tunes/9046.

The setting that JACKB posted is remarkably similar to an arrangement by Chatham Baroque with Chris Norman. I’ve added a second voice to his setting, roughly based on their performance.

The structure is the same, though I’ve had to change the repeats/notation to account for variance in the first part the second time through.

Castle Kelly set

Unbelievable - truly stunning. Anyone know what kind of whistle Cormac is playing? (Not that it’d be any less brilliant on another whistle - just curious.) Thanks so much for posting. Makes me want to practice 24 / 7. :-)

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Catle Kelly

Father Charlie Coen plays this on the 1979 album ‘Father Charlie’ under the title "Kelly’s Castle".

Castle Kelly, X:10

Setting by Marie Claire, guest instructor for the Mid-Missouri Celtic Arts, Columbia, MO, Summery 2002