Jack Rowe reel

Also known as Jack Roe, Jack Roe’s, Jack Rowe’s.

There are 17 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Mick O’Connor’s (a few times) and Palmer’s Gate (a few times).

Jack Rowe has been added to 3 tune sets.

Jack Rowe has been added to 76 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Jack Rowe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: F3F GFED|(3EFG AB c2 BA|GBdg (3efg dB|GBAF GFED|
(3EFG AF GFED|(3EFG AB c2BA|G3B AGAB |1 GEDE GABG:|2 GEDE GABd||
|: g3e fddf|efge fdef|eB (3BBB efge|fdef gfef|
ga (3bag ef (3gfe|dedc BcBA|GBdB c2 BA|1 GEDE GABd :|2 GEDE GABG||
X: 2
T: Jack Rowe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: g3e fddf|efge fagf|
X: 3
T: Jack Rowe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:A3F GFED | (3EFG AB cABA | GBdg egdB | GBAF GFED |
FAAF GFED | (3EFG AB c2BA | GBdB AcBA | GEDE G4 :|
|:g3e fedf | efge fedf |eBB2 efge | fdef g2 (3def |
gbag eage | dBBA BAGF | GBdB AcBA | GEDE G4 :||
X: 4
T: Jack Rowe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: EAAF GFED | (3EFG AB cAFA | GBdg egdB | GBAF GFED |
EAAF GFED | (3EFG AB cAFA | ~G3B ~A2BA |1 GEDE GFED :|2 GEDE GABd||
|: ~g3e fddd| efge fddd | eBBB efge | fdef gfef|
gabg eage | dedc BcBA | Bddc BcBA |1 GEDE GABd:|2 GEDE G4||
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Twenty comments

Anybody have a name for this one?

The second tune in the first track on James Kelly’s Irish Traditional Music, or is that Traditional Irish Music? Anyway, it’s the one that follows Lads of Laois and is followed in turn by The Heathery Cruach. Been trying to find a title for this one for ages…

There’s a James Kelly variation in the second part that I generally use the second time through:

Measure 6: |(3EFG AB cAFA|

and a James Kelly variation in the second part that I generally use the second time through:

|: g3e fddf|efge fagf|

Also, coming out of Lads of Laois, James Kelly starts the tune out E3F rather than on the F.

this tune was also recorded by Dervish, in Midsummer Night.

Finbar Dwyer’s

Zina - this tune is on the CD by P.J.Crotty and James Cullinane as "Dwyer’s". The say they got the tune from Finbar Dwyer, but aren’t specific as to whether or not it is one of his compositions. I would say it probably is. Great reel.

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Jack Roe

"Dervish" have it titled "Jack Roe".

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Thanks, Kenny! Hmmm. Anybody know how to get hold of Richie Dwyer to see if he recognizes it as one of Finbarr’s?

The man Finbar himself is still lurking around Slough, near London. He occasionally makes an appearance at the Herschel Arms, although he never plays.

Really? I thought Finbarr (isn’t his name spelled with two "R"s?) had passed away! How cool — so, anyone care to ask the man if it’s one of his?

Jack McGuire played this on flute

Sean McGuire`s father was the oldest source of this tune I am aware of.Sean Himself recorded it as Jack Rowe on `The Best Of `
Album.Its a lot older than Finbar Dwyer!!

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I think this tune was written by Jack Maguire, Sean’s father. It seems to predate Finbarr Dwyer.
Sean Maguire plays it before The Gatehouse Maid (the E minor one) - a lovely set.

A modal

It’s played by Peadar O’Loughlin and Maeve Donnelly on The Thing Itself, as Jack Rowe’s. The play it in the key of A - modal? Mixolydian? Be handy if it was cross-referred over from the listing for Happy to Meet, where they call it Dwyer’s.

Slightly different setting

As played by Damien Connolly, Patrick Ourceau and others in a recent session. Began with a very pronounced long A.

M:C|
L:1/8
K:G
|:A3F GFED | (3EFG AB cABA | GBdg egdB | GBAF GFED |
FAAF GFED | (3EFG AB c2BA | GBdB AcBA | GEDE G4 :|
|:g3e fedf | efge fedf |eBB2 efge | fdef g2 (3def |
gbag eage | dBBA BAGF | GBdB AcBA | GEDE G4 :||

Several sources refer to Sean Maguire’s father as John Maguire. If that’s correct, who was Jack?

"Jack" has been used often as a nickname for "John", slainte, although it has evolved to be a name on its own.

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If you’re trying to play it like Maeve Donnelly, Peadar O Loughlin, and Ronan Browne, Jeeves Tones’s ABC is closer to the mark.

BTW, I don’t think Peadar, Ronan, and Maeve were playing it in A. They used an E flat flute and fiddles tuned up a half step, but played with regular fingerings, so the tune comes out in A flat/G sharp major on the recording…in a concert pitch session, if you just play it as notated by jeeves tones plus or minus a few tasteful variations you’ll be grand.

oh my god, my name’s jack rowe!

It’s in “Irish Tunes by the 100”

which was put together by Sean McGuire and Josephine Keegan; it’s called "Jack Roe" and the listing at the back of the book shows it being ‘contributed’ by Jack McGuire, Sean’s father. Composers are listed separately and Jack is not shown as one of these.

David

Josephine Keegan also includes the tune, unattributed, as Reel #196 Jack Roe in her 2004 tunebook "A Drop in the Ocean".

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