The tune is played on a Bb flute on the Lunasa recording which was the source for this transcription. The key choice here merely reflects the tune as played on concert D whistle or pipes.
Shouldnt it be a little slower than a reel?
I think it’s a "slow reel", of which there are a few examples. It’s also a version of a Scottish tune called "Hoch Hey Johnny Lad". An attractive tune, in my opinion.
It’s a slow reel if you play it slow, but it’s a fast reel if you play it fast.
Unless by ‘slow’ they are not meaning tempo… 😏
I’ve heard a few tunes described as slow reels, and played in the same manner. Sure, you could play any reel slowly, but there are some tunes which seem to lend themselves to that treatment. "Lord Drummond" as played by the Tannahill Weavers, for example, or "Jerry O’Sullivan’s" as played by Lunasa. I once heard the fine Irish fiddler Tim O’Leary play a great tune, one of his own compositions, which he introduced as a slow reel. Wish I could remember that one.
By the way, "Lord Drummond" mentioned above would go quite nicely with "Jerry O’Sullivan’s" in a set. If it’s not here already, I’ll post it.
Some ‘reels’ were composed with ‘slow’ in mind, "Poor But Happy at 53" being on…
Nigel, if you find the link to "Jerry O’Sullivan’s" or post it, please add the link here…
THIS is the page for Jerry O’Sullivan’s, ceolachan - unless I’m not understanding you…