The Westmeath Hunt reel

Also known as Blodgett’s, The Clogher, Jackson’s, Jackson’s No. 2, Jim McCormack’s, Jim McCormick’s, Jim McCormicks, Sheridan’s.

There are 30 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Westmeath Hunt appears in 3 other tune collections.

The Westmeath Hunt has been added to 10 tune sets.

The Westmeath Hunt has been added to 57 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Westmeath Hunt
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:gB~B2 gBaB|gB~B2 dBAB|gB~B2 gbag|1 f2ef d2ef:|2 f2ef d2BA||
|:GBBA G3D|GB~B2 dBAB|GBBA G2ag|1 fdef dBBA:|2 fdef defg||
|:a2(3fed adfd|adfd edBd|1 a2(3fed adfd|
egfd edBd:|2 a3b afd2|eafd deed||
|:g3g gd(3Bcd|g2gd BGBd|g3g gbag|f2ef d2ef:|
X: 2
T: The Westmeath Hunt
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:g3f gdBG|gfgd BGBd|g3f gbag|(3fgf (3efe d2ef:|
|:gB (3BBB gBaB|gB (3BBB dBAB|gB (3BBB gbag|(3fgf (3efe d2ef:|
|:GBB2 GBdB|GBB2 dBAB|GBBA G3g|(3fgf (3efe d2ef:|
ad (3ddd adbd|ad (3ddd edBd|ad (3ddd abag|(3fgf (3efe d2ef|
ad (3ddd adbd|ad (3ddd edBd|g3f gbag|(3fgf (3efe d2ef||
X: 3
T: The Westmeath Hunt
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:gB^AB gBaB|gB^AB dB^AB|gB^AB gBaf|efga gfed:|
a2fd Adfd|Adfd edfd|a2fd Adfd|efga gfed|
a2fd Adfd|Adfd edfd|afge fde^c|ed^cd ^de=f^f||

Thirteen comments

A vesion in G of the Dublin reel.

Also middle part of the Kilfenora reels set (after Connemara Stockings).

I think I play that set bannerman, does it also have the fourcourts in it and I think there are about 5 tunes in the set? I was taught the Set by fiddle player Nora NiRaillagh - (Micheal O’Railliagh’s sister)

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BB, this is a great set for the set dancers and the final tune is locally known as the Clougher (maybe it also goes under the name of the Four Courts). I thought it was on this site but couldn’t find it so I’ve posted it up today. In Clare the three tunes, starting with the Connemara Stockings, are known as the Kilfenora Set and are definitely one of my favourite sets at any session.

The Kilfenora Set

I heard the set played in Corofin this year and remember it consists of 3 reels, the last of which is “Rip the Calico.” Why still remember? Simply because that’s the only tune I could recognise and play.

By the way, Peter Horan recorded this tune as Jackson’s #2 after the Dublin Reel in D.


Recorded by Boston’s Connacht Ceili Band on their ’66 record, as played on the opening track after Redican’s and before the Copperplate. It’s great stuff. The tune does bear a good deal of resemblance to the Dublin, but none of the submissions their accounted for 4 parts and none seemed to try it in G. Since this take was different from all in form, notes, and name, I figured it warranted a new tune.

You can listen to them play it here:

Re: Jackson’s

You’re right that this version of the Dublin doesn’t appear on the page for the tune (most are the three part version in D - there’s one in G that seems to be a mangled version of this) - but I know this tune as the ‘other’ version of the Dublin reel. I wonder why it hasn’t been added to the other setting?

The Westmeath Hunt, X:3

This is the first tune in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, under the name “Blodgett’s,” a two-part, highly chromatic setting of Westmeath Hunt/Jackson’s/Dublin.