John Watt Henry’s reel

Also known as John ‘Watt’ Henry’s, John “Watt” Henry’s, John Henry’s, Johnny Henry’s, Johny Watt Henry’s Favourite.

There are 22 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

John Watt Henry’s has been added to 12 tune sets.

John Watt Henry's has been added to 110 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

1
X: 1
T: John Watt Henry's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2 Ad B2 FA|DFAF EDB,D|A2 Ad BAFA|dBAF EDB, D:|
d2 fd edfd|defd BAFA|d2 fd edfe|dBAF EDB,D|
d2 fd edfe|defd e2 de|f2 ed BdAB|dBAF EDB,D|
# Added by Kenny .
2
X: 2
T: John Watt Henry's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A3A BBAF|DFAF EFDF|ADFA BBAB|1 dBAF EFDF:|2 dBAF EFDA||
ddfd edfe|dfed BdAB|ddfd edfe|dBAF EFDA|
ddfd edfe|dfed BdAB|fdef BdAB|dBAF EFD2||
3
X: 3
T: John Watt Henry's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:ABA BAB|Adf a2 f|gag fgf|(3efg e dcB|
ABA BAB|Adf a2 f|gag fgf|edc d3:|
4
X: 4
T: John Watt Henry's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
F|A2 AA B2 AF|DFAF EDB,B|A2 AA B2 AB|dBAF EF D:|
c|d2 fded fd|d2 fd B2 Bc|d2 fded Bc|dBAF EFDc|
d2 fded fd|d2 fdBA (3Bcd|g2 fedB AB|dBAF EF D||
5
X: 5
T: John Watt Henry's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2 Ad B2 AF|DFAF EDB,D|A3 d B3 c|dBAF EFDF|
A2 AF B2 AF|DFAF EDB,D|A2 Ad BABc|dBAF EFAc||
d2 fd edfe|dfed dBAB|d2 fd edfe|dBAF EFAc|
d2 fd edfe|dfed dBAB|f2 fe dBAB|dBAF EDB,D||
6
X: 6
T: John Watt Henry's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A3d B2 AF|DFAF ED D2|A3 d B3 c|dBAF EFDF|
A3F B2 AF|DFAF ED D2|A3d BABc|dBAF EFAc||
d2 fd edfe|dfed dBAB|d2 fd edfe|dBAF EFAc|
d2 fd edfe|dfed dBAB|f3e dBAB|dBAF ED D2||
# Added by JACKB .
7
X: 7
T: John Watt Henry's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A3c ABAF|ABAF EFDF|AzAd BABc|dBAF FEDB|
A3c ABAF|ABAF EFDF|AzAc BABc|dBAF E2Dz|
d3f edef|dfed BdAB|dzfd egfe|dBAF E2Dz|
d2fd edef|dzfd Bdag|faeg dAFA|BzAF EFDB|
A3c ABAF|ABAF EFDF|AzAd BABc|dBAF FEDB|
AFA2 BcdB|AFDF EDEF|AzAc ~b3z|dBAF EFD|
(3Bcd3 f edef|dfed BdAB|dzfd egfe|dBAF E2Dz|
d2fd edef|dzfd Bdag|fdeg dAFA|BzAF EFDB|
AFAF BFAF|DFAF EFDF|AzAd ~B3c|dBAF EF (3DEF|
A3c ~B3F|ABAF EFDF|AzAc BABc|dBAF EFD|
(3Bcd3 f edef|dfed ~b3c|dzfd egfe|dBAF E2Dz|
d2fd edef|dzfd Bdag|fdeg dAFA|BzAF EFDB|
A3c ABAF|ABAF EFDF|AzAd BABc|dBAF EFDG|
FAzF GBzB|AFDF EFDF|AzAc ~b3c|dBAF EFD|
(3Bcd3 f edef|dfed (3Bcd AB|dzfd egfe|dBAF E2Dz|
d2fd edef|dzfd Bdag|fbaf dAFA|(3Bcd AF EAFE|D3||
# Added by Sarge .

Twenty-three comments

John “Watt” Henry’s

From a recording of Noel Hill and Tony Linnane at Glasgow Folk Festival 1984. They followed this with a tune called “Handsome Sally” - a cousin of “Drowsy Maggie”, which I’ll post soon. Matt Molloy has recorded these two fine reels on his “Stony Steps” album. The two tunes are often played together, especially by Sligo musicians.

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Another

Hello,
On the Fire Aflame record (Molloy, Keane and O’Flynn) there’s another John “Watt” Henry, except he’s Johnny there. Totally different tune from this one, played by Matt Molloy on a Bb Flute, one of the better tracks of the album i think, followed by Jerry McMahon’s reel. Now, who is Mr Henry? and does anyone know this other reel?

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John “Watt” Henry

John “Watt” Henry is/was [?] a fiddle player ,I think from a place called Doocastle in Co.Sligo. I don’t know if he’s still alive or not, if he is, he’d be in his 70s or possibly even his 80s by now. His name is associated with several tunes, including, strangely, a reel from the Shetland islands whose original title is “Donald Blue”. His brother is the great Sligo-style flute-player Kevin Henry, a stalwart of the Chicago music scene. Kevin has a CD called “One’s Own Place”, and he duets with his brother on that recording, in fact I seem to remember that John “Watt” has one solo fiddle track on it as well.
I agree with you, it’s a fine reel. I’ll try to post it if no-one else does, but I can’t check “abcs” at the moment becauase my computer at home has crashed.

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Thanks for that. I was just listening again to this on stony steps and in that first phrase instead of going up to the d he plays a C natural. It gives the tune an entirely different feel. Interesting.

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On the record, the version of the tune recorded by Claire Mann can be found by following the link just above my post here.

Still making the rounds

Kevin still plays this one a lot…it’s one of his favorites.

This is the right place….hmmm

This is last tune of the TInker Hill set. Dervish plays this in Eb on the recording.

the hardest part is probably the repeated b’s and d’s and also that the tune is just constant eight notes.

Flute players: you’ll have to cut out the last note of some bars to take a breath. ;)

One more thing: this tune is open to A LOT of variation. Dont play it the same way all the time. There are so many interesting things you can do with it!

I believe this is John Watt Henry’s Favourite.

–James

I do say, a job well done! Already a pro at the ABC’s.. what’s next?! Numbers?? =P

Cheers,
Armand

Yes, but different

yes, thanks for letting me know.

This is a different setting, dervish plays it differently than the other one. I like both though. :D

Teach Murrays, Gurteen

i learnt this one off the self-taught Amanda in Gurteen.

Not by another name, ….

…but on the wind aMONG THE REEDS it’s a jig, not a reel. Something like this - in D -
|: ABA BAB | Adf a2 f | gag fgf | (3efg e dcB | ABA BAB | Adf a2 f | gag fgf | edc d3 :|
| Adf a2 a | baf a2 f | gag fgf | (3efg e dcB | Adf a2 a | baf a2 f | gag fgf | edc d3 | Adf a2 a | baf a2 f | gag fgf | (3efg e dcB | ABA BAB | Adf a2 f | gag fgf | edc d3||

Surprised no-ones bothered to post it…..

John Watt Henry’s, X:3

Version from Jackie Daly in a class at Catskills Irish Arts Week. The low B in bar 2 might be a low A (as it appears on the sheet music he wrote out), or maybe not.

Re: John Watt Henry’s

Are you sure about those “c#s” in the first bar and repeats, Sarge ? Just doesn’t sound right to me ?

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Re: John Watt Henry’s

Hey Kenny,, in the video Harry uses this fingering for C sharp.. Xox xxx where he just covers the A or 2nd hole from the top and leaves the other holes open. He’s using a keyless flute like myself and it sounds better than the all fingers off C sharp.

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Re: John Watt Henry’s

Just to clarify, he only uses that C sharp fingering at the start of the first verse, the A3c part, he uses the all fingers off c for the other c sharps in the first verse

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