The Blackhaired Lass reel

Also known as The Black Haired Lass, The Black-Haired Lass, Cailín Na Gruaige Doinne, Cailín Na Gruaige Duibhe, The Dark Haired Lass, The Kilcogy Reel, Molly Will You Do It?, Smokey House.

There are 57 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Dulaman Na Binne Bui (a few times), Anto’s Gambit (a few times) and Bonnie Anne (a few times).

The Blackhaired Lass has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Blackhaired Lass has been added to 219 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Blackhaired Lass
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AB|:cBAB cdec|d2 gd BGGB|cBAB cdec|dfec A2 AB:|
|cdef g2 ge|f2 fd gfed|cdef ~g3e|fdec A2 AB|
|cdef gfeg|~f3d g2 fg|(3agf ge fdec|dfec A2 AB|
# Added .
X: 2
T: The Blackhaired Lass
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: B | cAA2 cdec | d2gd BGGB | cA~A2 cdec | dfec A3 :|
G | B/c/def ~g2eg | fddf gfed | B/c/def geag | fdec A2AG |
B/c/def gfeg | fddc defg | afg/f/e fdec|dfec A3 ||
X: 3
T: The Blackhaired Lass
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
AB|:cBAB cdec|d2 gd BGGB|cBAB cdec|dfe^c A3B|
cBAB cdec|d2 gd BGGB|cBAB cdec|dfe^c A2||
|(3B^cd ef g3e|f3d gfed|(3B^cd ef g3e|fdec A2 A2|
|(3B^cd ef gfeg|f3d g2 fg|(3agf ge fde^c|dfe^c A2 AB||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: The Blackhaired Lass
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ed|cBAB cde^c|d2 gd BGGB|cBAB cde^c|dfe^c Aced|
|cBAB cde^c|d2 gd BGGB|cBAB cde^c|dfe^c A2 AB|
|^cdef g2 ge|f2 fd gfed|^cdef gfeg|fde^c A2 AB|
|^cdef g2 ge|(3fga fd egfb|afge fde=c|dfec Aced|
X: 5
T: The Blackhaired Lass
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|c2AB cdec|d2gd BGBd|cBAB cdec|dfec A3B|
|c2AB cdec|d2gd BGBd|cBAB cdec|dfec A3B|
cdef g2eg|f2df gfed|cdef geag|fdec A3B|
cdef g2eg|f2df g2fg|afge fdec|dfec A3B||
X: 6
T: The Blackhaired Lass
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
AB|cA~A2 cdec|d2gd BGG2|cA~A2 cdec|dfec A2:|
AB|cdef g2eg|f2df gfed|(3Bcd ef geag|fdec A2AB|
cdef g2eg|fddc defg|afge fdec|dfec A2AB|]

Fifteen comments

Blackhaired Lass

After recommending this to Caroline as a minor key reel good for sessions, I realized it wasn’t in the tune section on this site yet. So here it is, in a fairly simple setting. You can put triplets on most of the quarter notes throughout the tune to spice it up a little. See O’Neill’s for the same minor setting with too much ornamentation.

I’ve also heard this tune played with c sharps throughout, with no other changes, to place it squarely in D major—like learning two tunes in one. This is how it’s shown in Breathnach’s volume 1, and The Northern Fiddler hasit transcribed from Johnny Doherty in a decidedly Donegal setting, also in D major.

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The same name

sorry for my english. Iknow to play a slip jig whit the same name, but the tune is totally different. I submitted this tune here but is a slip jig.

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just listening to some tape of seamus ennis and i realised that after some spiel about a little girl and a leprechaun or an odd little man he plays this tune once through on whistle calling it the smokey house and warning people not to play it in presence of the aforementioned little girl or she’ll run a mile
anyone else call it the smokey house i wonder

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Seamus ennis

That little story can also be found in Carson’s "Last Night’s Fun". Stories are fun. When I get the book back I can post the whole thing. Unless you (ed) want to write it down from the tape. :-)

This is the tune on Altans’ CD Blackwater, instead of the one that you’d hop too through the recordings bit.

FYI.

Eeeeee, that story was confusing, I just listened to it! But that’s cool! I love stories wheeeee!!!

I prefer this in Amix.

Blackhaired Lass

Quite nice! Nice on the whistle, probabley on the fiddle too! Cool! From NiamhB

Ornamentation

I agree that the O’Niell’s version is too heavy on ornamentation. Maybe grace notes and what not are easier to play on the fiddle, which the book was written for, than on the mandolin, especially when, like me, you don’t really know how to play. Great tune, thanks for this version.

"I prefer this in Amix." -Me too!
A great tune, to be piped hot in the usual mixolydian mode!

Many melodies titles and versions?

The number of tunes, titles and settings in the question intrigued me, so
I tried both text search (the blackhaired lass) and music search (with the five settings) in the Melodycatcher
Results surprised me. But I lack the knowledge to judge how relevant they are:

The text search resulted in 13 results

For music search I used enough notes to get only similar results per search;
Setting1 and 3 showed 3 similar melodies (there is at least one note different between setttin 1 and 3 after the notes I used for this search)
Setting 2 delivered two similar melodies, setting 4 also two and section 5 one melody all similar per search but quite different.between all searches

For me it seems complex to judge about different melodies and versions while I did not even use other titles for text search… But it might be interesting for someone with more knowledge to repeat this type of search to see if further details are of help..

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Another title too

In addition to including this tune as The Black Haired Lass (reel #73) in her tunebook A Drop in the Ocean, Josephine Keegan also prints a very similar setting under the title The Kilcogy Reel (reel #55). The more names the merrier, eh?

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The Blackhaired Lass, X:6

The first version here in A dorian is my favorite. But of versions in A mixolydian this one mostly from Tradschool.com is the setting I prefer.