The Colliers’ reel

Also known as Collier’s, The Collier’s, The Colliers.

There are 88 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Jenny Picking Cockles (a few times), The Maids Of Castlebar (a few times), The Bucks Of Oranmore (a few times) and Dowd’s No. 9 (a few times).

The Colliers' has been added to 290 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Colliers'
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:AG|~F2 FG ~A3B|cAdB cABG|AddA d3e|fdeA d^cAG|
~F2DF ~A3B|cAdB cABG|Add^c ~A3G|EFGE FD:|
|:de|fded fde^c|Add^c Adde|fdde fde^c|~A3B cBcd|
eaag efge|(3Bcd ed ^cAGG|Add^c~A3G|EFGE FD:|
X: 2
T: The Colliers'
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
FDFG A3B|cAdB cAGB|Add^c d2de|fde^c dcAG|
FDFG A3B|cAdB cAGB|Add^c ABAG|1 EFGE FDDE:|2 EFGE FDD2||
f2eg fde^c|Add^c Adde|f2eg fde^c|AGAB c3d|
eaag efge|dfed cAGB|Add^c ABAG|1 EFGE FDD2:|2 EFGE FDDE||
X: 3
T: The Colliers'
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
A3G|ED (3EFG A3 B|cAdB cAGc|Ad{e}dA {e}d3e|fded {e}d^cAG|
AD (3EFG A3 B|c2Bd cAGc|Ad{e}d^c A2 {B}AG| E2cE {G}ED {E}D {E}D||
DD (3EFG A3 d|cA {B}A{^G}A BGFG|Ad{e}dA {e}d2ag|fded {e}d^cAG|
AD (3EFG A2 AB|(3cec Bd cAGc|Ad{e}d^c (3ABA {B}AG |E2cE {G}ED {E}D {E}D||
ffeg fde^c|Ad{e}d^c Ad{e}dg|fded {e}d^cAG|(3ABc cB cccd|
ea{b}ag efge|fded {e}d^cAG|Ad{e}d^c (3ABA {B}AG|E2 cE {G}ED {E}D2||
ffeg fde^c|Ad{e}d^c Ad{e}dg|fded {e}d^cAD|(3EFG AB cd (3efg|
a2{b}af g2{b}ge|=f2fd cAGc|Ad{e}d^c (3ABA {B}AG|E2 cE {G}ED {E}D2||
AD (3EFG A3 B|ccBd cB/A/ Gc|Ad{e}dA {e}d3e|fded {e}d^cAG|
AD (3EFG A3 B|ccBd cAGc|Ad{e}d^c A2 {B}AG| E2cE DEFG||
AD (3EFG A3 B|Bc cB (3cBc Bc|Ad{e}dA {e}d3 e|fded {e}d^cAG|
AD (3EFG A2 AB|(3cec Bd cAGc|Ad{e}d^c (3ABA {B}AG |E2cE {G}ED =FD||
ffeg fde^c|Ad{e}d^c Ad{e}dg|fded {e}d^cAG|(3ABc cB cccd|
ea{b}ag efge|fded {e}d^cAG|Ad{e}d^c (3ABA {B}AG|E2 cE {G}ED {E}D2||
ffeg fde^c|Ad{e}d^c Ad{e}dg|fded {e}d^cAD|(3EFG AB cd (3efg|
a2{b}af g2{b}ge|=ffed cAGc|Ad{e}d^c (3ABA {B}AG|E2 cE DEFA|]
X: 4
T: The Colliers'
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:AG|FD (3EFG A3B|cAdB cAGB|Ad (3ddd d3e|fded d^cAG|
FD (3EFG A3B|cAdB cAGB|Add^c A3G|EFGE FD D2||
|:fded fded|Ad d2 Ad d2|fded fde^c|A3B c2 (3Bcd|
eaag efge|dfed cA G2|D2 d^c A3G|EFGE FD D2||
|:F3G A3B|cAdB cABG|Add^c d2 (3efg|fded d^cAG|
(3FED (3EFG A3B|cAdB cAGB|Add^c A3G|EFGE FD D2:|
|:fded fded|Ad (3Bcd Ad (3Bcd|fded fde^c|A3B c2 (3Bcd|
a3g efge|(3Bcd ed ^cA G2|Add^c A3G|EFGE FD D2|
|:fded fded|Ad d2 Ad d2|fded fde^c|A3B c2 (3Bcd|
a3g efge|(3Bcd ed ^cA G2|Add^c A3G|EFGE FD D2||
|:F3G A3B|cAdB cAGB|Ad (3ddd edgd|fded d^cAG|
FD (3EFG A3B|cAdB cAGB|Add^c A3G|EFGE FD D2||
|:fded fded|Ad d2 Ad d2|fded fde^c|A3B c2 (3Bcd|
a3g efge|(3Bcd ed ^cA G2|Add^c A3G|EFGE FD D2|
f3d f3d|Ad d2 Ad d2|f3d f3d|A3B c2 (3Bcd|
a3g efge|(3Bcd ed ^cA G2|Add^c A3G|EFGE FD D2||
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Eighteen comments

The Colliers’ Reel

Source: Paddy Keenan: "Poirt an Phiobaire"
Transcription: g.m.p.

Collier’s Reel

I heard Eoin O’Riabhaigh play this one at the 2003 Tionol in Chapel Hill. Michael Vignoles also plays this one. A great tune!

The Colliers

The version based on Paul O’Shaughnessy and Harry Bradley’s duet playing:

K: Dmix
FDFG A3B|cAdB cAGB|Add^c d2de|fde^c dcAG|
FDFG A3B|cAdB cAGB|Add^c ABAG|1 EFGE FDDE:|2 EFGE FDD2||
f2eg fde^c|Add^c Adde|f2eg fde^c|AGAB c3d|
eaag efge|dfed cAGB|Add^c ABAG|1 EFGE FDD2:|2 EFGE FDDE||

Some people might prefer starting the tune like this: |FD (3EFG A3B|….

This tune comes up in many of recent recordings, and so you’ll come across it several times in new places.

Colliers’

This is a sweet little tune. I was listening to Tommy Peoples’ setting of it on "Waiting for a Call" this morning. Sounds to me like he is playing it down a 5th (Gmix). Really changes the feeling. I love it.

Colliers

I love Tommy Peoples version too. However the tune as hear it has a second part to the second part which is not notated anywher I can find.
Can somebody give me the full setting, please!!!

Colliers

I have found the full version in Tommy Peoples 50 Irish fiddle tunes in the key of Gmix but it’s still not quite as I hear it in he second part. I know Tommy has his unique phrasing but would be nice to get near it. My ear is not as good as I would like and therefore have to rely on written music to fill the blanks in. Ah well, maybe next lifetime!!

They have a couple of bars similar in the B-part, but how did you find out they were related to each other?

I think the relation between the two reels is a broad fact, which has already been pointed out by someone else. They share *basically* the same B-part. The thing is, the version Gian Marco transcribed isn’t very standard.

Dow, I know you will never agree with me on this, so let’s not talk about it any more. It actually doesn’t matter whether they are related or not, simply because they aren’t the same tune.

Woo, you’re cranky today :-D

Haha, not as much as you!

Why She Couldn’t drink her Tea

There was an old song with this title which John Griffin recorded and he played this reel and sang the song to the tune of the Collier’s reel.

Johnny McCarthy’s Colliers’

Here’s a transcription of Johnny McCarthy’s (the accordion player from Ennis) recording of Colliers’ on his latest album, Steele’s Rock. He follows it with The Broken Pledge. (It’s setting number 3, above.)

The Colliers’, X:4

Piping version

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Blackie

Some ornamentation from the playing of Blackie O’Connell

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