Jim Donoghue’s reel

Also known as Jim Donaghue’s, Jim Donahughe’s, Jim Donoghoe’s, Jim Donoghues, Jim Donohue’s.

There are 50 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Jim Donoghue’s appears in 1 other tune collection.

Jim Donoghue’s has been added to 22 tune sets.

Jim Donoghue's has been added to 267 tunebooks.

Download ABC

Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Jim Donoghue's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~A3F BFAF|BFAF EDB,D|~A3F BFAF|EDEF D2z2|
~A3F BFAF|DF~F2 ABde|fzfe df~f2|dBAF DEED|
~A3F BF~F2|BzAF EDB,D|~A3F BFAF|EDEF D2z2|
ABFA (3Bcd AF|DF~F2 ABde|fzfe df~f2|dzAF DF(3Bcd|
effe fgfe|dfed BAFz|Beed efde|~f2df edBd|
effe fgfe|dfed BAFz|ABde fdAF|EDEF D2z2|
df~f2 ~f3e|dfed BAFA|Be~e2 ~e3g|fzdf edBd|
fbge fgfe|dfed BAFz|FAde fdAF|EDEF D2z2|
2
X: 2
T: Jim Donoghue's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2 AF BFAF|BFAF EDB,D|A2 AF BFAF|EDEF DEFB|
A2 AF BFAF|BFAF ABde| f2fe dBAF|1 EDEF DEFG:|2 EDEF D2ze||
f2 fe f2 fe|dfed BAFA|Beed e2 de|fedf edBA|
f2 fe fgfe|dcdA BAFB|ABde fdAF|1 EDEF D2ze|2 EDEF DEFG|]
3
X: 3
T: Jim Donoghue's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A3F BFAF|BFAF EDBD|A3F BFAF|EDEF DEFB|
A3F BFAF|BFAF ABde| f3e dBAF|1 EDEF DEFG:|2 EDEF D2ze||
f3e f3e|dfed BAFA|Beed e2 de|fedf edBA|
f3e fgfe|dcdA BAFB|ABde fdAF|1 EDEF D2ze|2 EDEF DEFG|]
# Added by JACKB .
4
X: 4
T: Jim Donoghue's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2 AF BFAF | BFAF EDB,D |A2 AF BFAF | EDFE DEFG |
A2 AF BFAF | DF (3FFF ABde | f2fe dBAF |1 EDFE DEFG :|2 EDFE DEFG ||
|: Affe fgfe | dfed BAFA | Beed e2de | f2df edBd |
Affe fgfe | dfed BAFB | ABde fdBA | FDFE DEFG :|
# Added by Jesse .
5
X: 5
T: Jim Donoghue's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2AF BFAF|BFAF EDB,D|A2AF BFAF|EDEF DEFG|
A2AF BFAF|DFF2 ABde|f2fe defe|1 dBAF DEFG:|2 dBAF D2z2||
|:f2fe fgfe|dfed BAFA|Beed e2de|f2df edBd|
f2fe fgfe|dfed BAFA|ABde fdec|1 dBAF D2z2:|2 dBAF DEFG||

Seventeen comments

Jim Donoghue’s (reel)

Source: Kevin Crawford - "D Flute Album"
Transcription: g.m.p.
Notes: with variations

A great reel Gian. I think John Carty’s version on the fiddle is pure magic where he plays it innumerable times but each one is that bit different so that one could almost listen to it forever!

Jim Donoghue

This was the pet tune of the late Jim Donoghue, a Sligoman renowned for his playing of the Clarke’s tin whistle.

Jim Donoghue Composition infact!

On the notes of Micheal O’Raghallaigh’s "Inside Out" album, he says that Jim Donoghue composed this tune. Great tune altogether!

It’s also on Danny O’Mahony’s In Retrospect. For some reason it didn’t link. Superb.

Jim Donaghue playing Jim Donaghue’s?

Does anyone have a recording of Jim Donaghue playing Jim Donaghue’s reel? I love his style and would love to hear his own take on the tune that bears his name.

There is a nice flat-picked version of this on guitar on Kris Drever’s album Black Water, played after Rodney’s Glory.

Jim Donoghue’s, X:2

Here’s a more generic, session-friendly version.

Jim Donoghue’s, X:5

This setting is from the playing of Frances Marriott.

Re: Jim Donoghue’s

Are there any singers out there who might like to try this

JIM DONOGHUE

We gathered in Kilcolman on a lovely day in May,
And laid to rest Jim Donoghue who had sadly passed away,
He was a fine musician one of the very best,
And his passing saddened everyone as the large crowd could attest.
The people came from far and wide in order for to grieve,
To think that he would be no more is still hard to believe,
He was a modest gentleman who came from Drumacoo,
And as long as music will be played they’ll speak of Donoghue.

His music was his pride and joy, he never ceased to play,
Until at last his spirit left on that nineteenth day of May,
No one could say he’d refuse to play if ever asked to do,
He’d turn it out without a doubt and play it sweet and true,
He was a man who always loved the country of his birth,
And many times he took his spade and turned its brown earth,
He always was prepared for work, for music and for fun,
At any time of day or night or at the rising sun.

No more we’ll see him on the bog or working in the fields,
The fingers now are stilled for good that played a million reels,
Music was his passion and he played it like a dream,
He will always be remembered because he was the cream,
When did you last hear Miss McCloud’s or the Pigeon on the Gate,
Or how he’d Toss the Feathers or polish The Copper Plate,
The way he played that black tin whistle, it was a special thing,
When he’d tone it up and thrash out tunes it made the rafters ring.

They say that we have just one life and then we have to go,
But I wish to God he was here now to give it one last blow,
I wonder is there music in the heavens great on high,
Or do the players get together at a session in the sky,
Michael and Jim Coleman would make those fiddles sing like larks,
But they would sit and listen when Jim he took the ‘Clarke’s,
The angels they would shout for joy when they heard his tone unique,
And they would dance amongst the stars upon that lofty peak.

Memories will linger on through the passing years,
Of reels and jigs and hornpipes which he played loud and clear,
Perhaps that music echoes now somewhere beyond the blue,
Making angels dance with joy for the man from Drumacoo.
Adieu, adieu Jim Donoghue we will not see you more,
Or hear the music that you played in the happy days of yore,
But we will treasure every note you played with grace and style,
And ne’r forget the joy you brought with a pleasant friendly smile.