Castle Bray strathspey

Also known as Bray Castle, Caiseal Brí Ċualann, Castle Bray Highland, Ed Reavey’s, Ed Reavy’s Highland, Ed Reavy’s Highland Fling, Fling Éamonn Ó Riaḃaiġ.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

Castle Bray has been added to 33 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Castle Bray
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
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A2 (3Bcd ed c<A|A,B, =CE D<=G, B,G,|A,B, =CD EA ^ce|dB GB c<A AB|
ce ac dc BA|GA Ba (3gfe (3dcB|ce ac dc BA|GB dB c<A AB|
ce ac dc BA|GA Bc de fg|a2 ga (3fga ec|1 df ec Aa ga:|2 df ec A4:||
"Ed Reavy's original"
A2 (3Bcd edcA|A,B, =CE DB, =G,B,|A,2 (3B,=CD ED ^CD|EA ce dB =GB|
A2 (3Bcd ed cA|A,B, =CE DB, =G,B,|A,B, =CD EA ^ce|dB =GB A2 Ad|
ce ac dc BA|GA Ba ge dB|ce ac dc BA|GA Bd cA AB|
ce ac dc BA|GA Bc d2 fg|(3aba (3gag (3fgf ec|df ec Aa ga:||
X: 2
T: Castle Bray
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2 (3Bcd edcA|A,B,=CE DB,=G,B,|A,2 (3B,=CD ED^CD|
EAce dB=GB|A2 (3Bcd edcA|A,B,=CE DB,=G,B,|
A,B,=CD EA^ce|dB=GB A2 Ad|ceac dcBA|GABa gedB|
ceac dcBA|GABd cAAB|ceac dcBA|GABc d2 fg|
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Three comments

Castle Bray

This is an Ed Reavy tune, one of his highlands (probably the best), so I’ve allocated it as a strathspey as being more appropriate than a reel.
The first section was taught to me by my teacher, who learnt it from someone else, who got it from someone in Donegal, who got it from etc … anyway you get the picture.
The second section is the Ed Reavy original, so we can see how the tune has changed subtly in passing from one player to another.
Being a highland/strathspey it is played with a dotted rhythm. Watch out for the snaps in various places.
Trevor

Do we know the origin of this tune? Is this for Bray in the County Wicklow?

From the Ed Reavy website

X: 121
T:Castle Bray
R:Highland
C:Ed Reavy
M:4/4
L:1/8
Z:Joe Reavy
N:Ed didn’t write many highlands,
N:but the ones he wrote are
N:superb compositions. And this
N:is the best of those highlands
S:http://www.reavy.us/Reavycom.abc
K:A
A2 (3Bcd edcA|A,B,=CE DB,=G,B,|A,2 (3B,=CD ED^CD|
EAce dB=GB|A2 (3Bcd edcA|A,B,=CE DB,=G,B,|
A,B,=CD EA^ce|dB=GB A2 Ad|ceac dcBA|GABa gedB|
ceac dcBA|GABd cAAB|ceac dcBA|GABc d2 fg|
(3aba (3gag (3fgf ec|dfec Aaga:|

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