The Blue-eyed Lassie reel

Also known as Benny McCarthy’s, Tommy Peoples’.

The Blue-eyed Lassie has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Blue-eyed Lassie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFAF BFAF|DFAF BE~E2|DFAF BFAe|faAc edd2:|
d2fd ceAc|d2AF GFEF|DA,~A,2 DFAd|fade feef|
~a3f gfef|edfd ed~d2|A2FA EADe|faAc edd2||
X: 2
T: The Blue-eyed Lassie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFAF BFAd|DFFA BEEF|DFAF BFA2|faAc edd2:|
dffd ceec|(3Bcd AF GFED|A,DFA DFAd|fadf e2fg|
abaf gfed|edfd edBd|AdFd EdFd|faeg fdd2||
X: 3
T: The Blue-eyed Lassie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFAF BFAd|DFFA BE~E2|DFAF BFAd|faAc ed~d2:|
dffd ceAc|d2AF GFED|A,D (3DDD A,DFA|fade feef|
~a3f gfef|edfd edfd|ADFA EAFA|faAc ed~d2||
X: 4
T: The Blue-eyed Lassie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFAF BFAd|DFAF BE~E2|DFAF BFAd|faAc ed~d2:|
dffd ceAc|d2AF GFED|A,D (3DDD A,DFA|fade feef|
~a3f gfef|edfd edfd|ADFA EAFA|faAc ed~d2||

Eight comments

Tommy Peoples’

Off Frankie and Mairead’s Ceol Aduaidh. This setting is based on a Sydney session recording. The tune rarely gets played, and when it does, people always start to play the much more common Doon Reel https://thesession.org/tunes/438 over the top of it before they realise it’s a different tune.

Another setting is available here with a whole load of other donegal tunes:
http://misaok.hp.infoseek.co.jp/fmod/fmod2.html
This may be closer to what you can hear on the recording, but I wouldn’t know as I haven’t got that album myself - I only have their earlier recording from ‘93.

This is the second tune in the first set on Danu’s "Up in the Air" Album. Benny McCarthy does it as thatis a solos album, he plays it after "The Moving Cloud" and he does it in Eb.

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An old tune recycled!

Hmm, this is unmistakably the same tune as ”The Blue-eyed Lassie’ appearing in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection from the mid-19th century. How did it get to be called Tommy Peoples’?

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Obvious….

As Dr. Dow writes above, Frankie and Mairead recorded it on their first LP, in 1983, I think. They learned the tune from Tommy Peoples, who presumably didn’t have a name for it, so in keeping with the tradition, they named it after their source, ie Tommy Peoples.

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It is indeed the same tune. I’m changing the listed title to Blue-eyed Lassie and moving Tommy Peoples’ to the alternative names.

X: 1
T: The Blue-eyed Lassie
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
DFAF BFAd|DFFA BEEF|DFAF BFA2|faAc edd2:|
dffd ceec|(3Bcd AF GFED|A,DFA DFAd|fadf e2fg|
abaf gfed|edfd edBd|AdFd EdFd|faeg fdd2||

X: 1
T: The Blue-eyed Lassie
T: Tommy Peoples’
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
S: Frankie Kennedy & Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh - Ceol Aduaidh
K: Dmaj
DFAF BFAd|DFFA BE~E2|DFAF BFAd|faAc ed~d2:|
dffd ceAc|d2AF GFED|A,D (3DDD A,DFA|fade feef|
~a3f gfef|edfd edfd|ADFA EAFA|faAc ed~d2||

Sorry - typo

X: 1
T: The Blue-eyed Lassie
T: Tommy Peoples’
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
S: Frankie Kennedy & Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh - Ceol Aduaidh
K: Dmaj
DFAF BFAd|DFAF BE~E2|DFAF BFAd|faAc ed~d2:|
dffd ceAc|d2AF GFED|A,D (3DDD A,DFA|fade feef|
~a3f gfef|edfd edfd|ADFA EAFA|faAc ed~d2||