The London Lasses reel

Also known as The Bird In The Cage, London Lassies, The London Lassies, The Races Of Athlone, Streams In The Valley, The Streams In The Valley.

There are 84 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Galway Rambler (lots of times), The Duke Of Leinster (a few times), Finlay’s Delight (a few times), Greig’s Pipes (a few times) and The Coast Of Austria (a few times).

The London Lasses has been added to 15 tune sets.

The London Lasses has been added to 304 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The London Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G3 B d2 Bd | eaag eg g2 | G3 B dGBd | egdB AGEF |
G3 B d2 Bd | eaag efga | bgag egfa |1 gedB AGED :|2 gedB AGEF ||
g2 fg edBe | dG G2 dGBd | g2 fg efge | dBGA BA A2 |
g2 fg efge | dB B2 dega | bgag egfa |1 gedB AGED :|2 gedB AGEF ||
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The London Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2BG AGBd|gedB AGEF|G2BG AGBd|gedB AcBA|
G2BG AGBd|gedB dega|bgag egge|1 dBAB GDEF:|2 dBAB G2 (3ggg||
|:g2bg agba|gedB defa|g2bg agea|gedB BAAf|
g2bg agba|gedB dega|bgag egge|1 dBAB G2 (3ggg:|2 dBAB GDEF||
X: 3
T: The London Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
"G"~G3BDGBd|eaage~g3|~G3BDGBd|egdBAGFA|
~G3BDGBd|eaage~g3|"C"bgagegfa|gedBAGFA|
"G"~G3BDGBd|eaage~g3|~g3de~g3|egdBAGFA|
~G3BDGBd|eaage~g3|"C"bgagegfa|gedBAGFA||
"G"~g3gedBe|d~G3BGB/c/d|"C"gGfGeged|B~G3B~A3|
"G"gaagfgge|d~B3dega|"C"bgagegfa|gedBAGFA|
"G"g3gedBe|d~G3BGB/c/d|"C"gGfGeged|B~G3B~A3|
"G"gaagfgge|d~B3dega|"C"bgagegfa|gedBAGFA||
X: 4
T: The London Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2BG dGBG|eaag efg2|G2BG dGBG|egdB AGEF|
G2BG dGBG|eaag efga|bgag egfa|gedB AGEF:|
|:gfgd e2dB|dG (3GBG Bdd2|gabg (3ege d2|egdB AGEF|
gfgd e2dB|dG (3GBG dega|bgag egfa|gedB AGEF:|
X: 5
T: The London Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D3F ADFA|Bee2 Bdd2|D2F2 ADFA|BdAF FEEF|
D3F ADFA|Bee2 Bdde|fded B2AF|BdAF E2E2:|
|:d3A BAFA|ADFD FAAB|d3A BAFA|BdAF FEE2|
d3A BAFA|BAFA d2ee|fded B2AF|BdAF E2:|

Eleven comments

London Lasses

Computer playing silly b**gers - will comment later.

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Great reel. Has been associated a lot with the Galway Rambler but is also frequently played after St Anne’s. At our session we go for the latter.

London Lasses

A "fundamental" tune for flute players . Never played better than by Conal O’Grada ( after the "Galway Rambler" - as Bannerman suggests).

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There’s a very different version on Kevin Burke & Jackie Daly’s album:

X: 1
T: London Lasses
D: Kevin Burke & Jackie Daly - The Eavesdropper
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
G2BG AGBd|gedB AGEF|G2BG AGBd|gedB AcBA|
G2BG AGBd|gedB dega|bgag egge|1 dBAB GDEF:|2 dBAB G2 (3ggg||
|:g2bg agba|gedB defa|g2bg agea|gedB BAAf|
g2bg agba|gedB dega|bgag egge|1 dBAB G2 (3ggg:| 2 dBAB GDEF||

Hatao’s Version

I picked up this version from video a Japanese tin whistler called Hatao uploaded on Youtube, I don’t know if it’s original of his or not. Anyway, I’ve been using the notations listed here for a long time and I wanted to give something back:

X:1
T:London Lasses, The
S:Hatao (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1ZM4lt3sZY)

R:Reel
C:?
Z:Gerard Guillemas
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:G
"G"~G3BDGBd|eaage~g3|~G3BDGBd|egdBAGFA|
~G3BDGBd|eaage~g3|"C"bgagegfa|gedBAGFA|
"G"~G3BDGBd|eaage~g3|~g3de~g3|egdBAGFA|
~G3BDGBd|eaage~g3|"C"bgagegfa|gedBAGFA||
"G"~g3gedBe|d~G3BGB/c/d|"C"gGfGeged|B~G3B~A3|
"G"gaagfgge|d~B3dega|"C"bgagegfa|gedBAGFA|
"G"g3gedBe|d~G3BGB/c/d|"C"gGfGeged|B~G3B~A3|
"G"gaagfgge|d~B3dega|"C"bgagegfa|gedBAGFA||

The London Lasses, X:4

This setting is from Jerry O’Brien’s Accordion Instructor , where it’s labeled as "Donegal Lassies" (see https://www.itma.ie/digital-library/score/obrien-tutor-61 for the ITMA transcription). The B part in O’Brien is singled — I doubled it here as it feels like a typo (but you never know). I haven’t added that as an alternate title here, to avoid the confusion with Brian Finnegan’s jig. The O’Brien instructor also includes one-row button tablature not reproduced here or on ITMA.

The London Lasses, X:5

This is a setting in D that I got from Ted McGraw, who got it from a handwritten manuscript by George Walker.