Imelda Roland’s reel

By Imelda Roland

Also known as Emelda Roland’s, Imelda Roland, Imelda Rowland’s.

There are 43 recordings of this tune.

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Imelda Roland’s appears in 2 other tune collections.

Imelda Roland’s has been added to 21 tune sets.

Imelda Roland's has been added to 133 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Imelda Roland's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B2 GA BGdB|AD D/D/D AD FD|{A}GFEF G/G/GGA|BAB/c/d egfe|
d/e/d ce dBAG|FD AD BDAD|{A}GFEF G/G/GGA|B/c/d A=c BE E2:|
e/e/e ed efga|be e/e/e bege|d/d/d dc defg|add/d/d adfd|
e/e/e ef edBc|d/d/d dB AFDF|{A}GFEF G/G/GGA|B/c/d A=c BE E2:|
2
X: 2
T: Imelda Roland's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B2 GA BGdB|AD (3FED AD (3FED|GFEF ~G3 A|BABd egfe|
d2 ce dBAG|(3FED AD BDAD|G2 EF GFGA|(3Bcd A=c BE E2:|
e2 ed efga|be (3gfe bege|d2 dc defg|ad(3fed adfd|
e2 ef edBc|dcdB AFDF|GFEF ~G3 A|B2 A=c BE E2:|
3
X: 3
T: Imelda Roland's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:(3BcB GA BGdB|ADED FAAF|EBEF ~G3 A|BABd egfe|
d3 c d2 AG|FDAD BDFA|GBEF G3e|dBAd B~E3:|
|:Beed e2 ga|be ~e2 bege|Addc d2 fg|ad ~d2 adfa|
{f}g2 fe edBc|~d3 B AGFA|GBEF ~G3e|dBAd BE ~E2:|

Twelve comments

Imelda Roland’s

I’m not sure where I got this setting, but I constructed the abcs to play Jeremy’s little midi-piano with some pizzaz. 😉

Imelda Roland’s

PB - I knew this tune from the Verena Commins & Julie Langan recording and have been meaning to learn it years. I suddenly suddenly noticed it getting played at some sessions recently, and decided to buckly down and get it; thanks for the transcription!

Another version

here’s how i’ve been playing it - an amalgamation of the verena commins and magic square version

X: 1
T: Imelda Roland’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
Z: S.H.
R: reel
K: Edor
B2 GA BGdB |AD (3FED AD (3FED |GFEF ~G3 A|BABd egfe |
d2 ce dBAG |(3FED AD BDAD |G2 EF GFGA |(3Bcd A=c BE E2 :|
e2 ed efga |be (3gfe bege |d2 dc defg |ad(3fed adfd |
e2 ef edBc |dcdB AFDF |GFEF ~G3 A |B2 A=c BE E2:|

Imelda Roland’s

E. Galway concertina player Claire Keville writes: "[Imelda Roland’s] was written by Imelda Roland of the well-known east Galway family. Her daughter Yvonne informed Claire, that Imelda lilted this tune while boiling potatoes for pigs and sometime later it was popularised by Joe Cooley and Raymond Roland."

from the notes of "An Tri is a Rian" by Claire Keville, John Weir and Eithne Ni Dhonaile.

Imelda Roland’s

I got this tune in the 70s from a set on the album "King Gooden" by Vin Garbutt, Teesside singer and player of various instruments - he played this one on whistle.

The set was spliced together in the studio (I assume), I can’t see how it could have been done live: he began with I’m Waiting For You on a D or Eb whistle, went without a break into Imelda Rowland’s on a C whistle, and finished with The Doon in D or Eb again.

It’s a great tune which I haven’t heard played much in sessions.

also on the Tulla Ceili band’s 50th anniversary CD, nice and steady version (before Cregg’s Pipes).

Re: Imelda Roland’s

It seems to me to have Major Harrison’s Fedora DNA
( Though I do like it as is. )

Re: Imelda Roland’s

To precise, and perhaps correct what Slainte reported about the author of this tune, Annette Roland (Raymond’s daughter) tells, on the Copperplate web site, that :
"Raymond’s sisters Imelda and Yvonne were not instrumentalists but couid lilt any tune. Imelda went on to compose the hugely popular reel ‘Imelda Roland’s Reel which Raymond learnt and often played as part of his vast repertoire."
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Imelda Roland’s, X:3

This is my transcription of Dublin whistle player/piper Gavin Whelan’s version from his album, "In Full Flight" (3rd tune from track 5). Gavin often has unique settings that I often like better than the more common ones. Seems we’ve got similar taste in tunes. I’ve adopted more than a few sets from his recordings. Enjoy (my first contribution to thesession)