The Blockers reel

Also known as Sean Ryan’s.

There are 9 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Blockers has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Blockers has been added to 91 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Blockers
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|FGAG FD (3DDD|=CA,G,A, =CDEG|Ad (3ddd cded|
|cAG=F E=C (3=CCC|FGAG FD (3DDD|=CA,G,A, =CDEG|
Ad (3ddd cded|1 cAGE D2 DE:|2 cAGE DEFA|
|:d2 Ad FdAF|~G3 A GECE|A,D (3DDD CDEG|
|FGAB cABc|d2 dc dAFA|~G3 A GECE|
A,D (3DDD CDEG||1 FDEC DEFA:|2 FDEC D2 DE|
# Added .
X: 2
T: The Blockers
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
z6 A2 |: Bc dc BG (3GAG | =FD CD FG Ac | dg (3gfg fg ag | fd c^A =A=F (3FEF | Bc dc BG (3GAG | \
=FD CD FG Ac | dg (3gfg fg ag |1 fd cA G2 A2 :|2 fd cA GA Bd |: g2 dg Bg dB | cB cd cA FA | \
DG (3GFG FG Ac | Bc de fd ef | g2 dg Bg dB | cB cd cA F2 | DG (3GFG FG Ac |1 BG AF GA Bd :|2 BG AF G2 A2 | \
X: 3
T: The Blockers
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bcdc BG ~G2|=FEDE FGAc|dg ~g2 fgag|fdcB A=F F2|
Bcdc BG ~G2|=FEDE FGAc|dg ~g2 fgag|1fdcA G3 z:|2fdcA GABd||
g2 dg GdBd|c2 cd cAGE|DG ~G2 FGAc|Bcde fdef|
g2 dg GdBd|c2 cd cAGE|DG ~G2 FGAc|BGAF G3 z||
g2 dg GdBd|c2 cd cAGE|DG ~G2 FGAc|Bcde fdef|
g2 (3g{a}fg gdBd|c2 cd cAGE|DG ~G2 FGAc|Bz Az G4||
X: 4
T: The Blockers
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
A2|Bcdc BGG2|=FDCD FGAc|dg~g2 fgag|fdc_B A=FF2|
Bcdc BGG2|=FDCD FGAc|dg~g2 fgag|fdcA G2 :|
|g2dg BgdB|cBcd cAFA|DG~G2 FGAc|Bcde fdef|
[1 g2dg BGdB|cBcd cAF2|DG~G2 FGAc|BGAF G2:|
[2 g2 (3agf gBdB|cBcd cAF2|DG~G2 FGAc|BGAF G2:|

Nine comments

Sean Ryan’s

Ohhh, I love this tune. It’s not the easiest thing to pull off on a fiddle, but Frankie Gavin makes it sing and swing on DeDannan’s "Mist Covered Mountain cd. The A Part is pretty straightforward once your ear learns to like those c and f naturals. The B Part, however, throws that jumpy string crossing at us in the first measure (you can play the notes as in measure 5 if measure 1 is just too tricky). And then the fingering gets a little tight going from measure 3 to 4 (and again from measure 6 to 7). I’ve tried jumping from the E to A, with my index finger, or holding the E and A, at the same time, and the latter seems to work a little better for me.

So, this Sean Ryan fellow was quite a fiddler from County Tipperary, a key figure of the IRTRAD revival during the 1950s and 1960s. The Companion to Irish Traditional Music says he wrote more than 250 tunes, including Glen of Aherlow, now a popular session tune. Maybe we could just submit Sean Ryan tunes for a week…. ;-)

Will

Posted .

Sean Ryan plays this tune in G mix

Hey Will, I love this tune, I don’t know why Frankie put it in D, but it’s great in the original key.

“Ther Blockers”

Sean Ryan named it "The Blockers".

Sean Ryan’s “The Blockers”

and here it is:-

X:1
T:"The Blockers"
C:
L:1/8
Q:380
K:Gmix
M:4/4
z6 A2 |: Bc dc BG (3GAG | =FD CD FG Ac | dg (3gfg fg ag | fd c^A =A=F (3FEF | Bc dc BG (3GAG | \
=FD CD FG Ac | dg (3gfg fg ag |1 fd cA G2 A2 :|2 fd cA GA Bd |: g2 dg Bg dB | cB cd cA FA | \
DG (3GFG FG Ac | Bc de fd ef | g2 dg Bg dB | cB cd cA F2 | DG (3GFG FG Ac |1 BG AF GA Bd :|2 BG AF G2 A2 | \
BG AF G4 | \

Re: The Blockers

Does anyone know what ‘blockers’ refers to? Is this a sportsball reference?

The Blockers, X:4

Picked the setting in "The Hidden Ireland: First Selection of Irish Traditional Compositions of Sean Ryan", 1985
compiled by Brian Ryan.

Re: The Blockers

I suppose this is the original version, but I just noticed the indicated key was D major which of course doesn’t make much sense, I changed it to GM.

Re: The Blockers

In his tune collection (vol. one) Paddy O’Brien (from Co. Offaly) calls this tune
"The Banshee’s Lament for the Mangle Pit" and says that he learned it from Sean Ryan
who told Paddy that it was composed on Halloween night (Samhain).

But https://thesession.org/tunes/131 is a jig with (almost) the same name.
It is a version of the jig "Young Tom Ennis" (that appears in O’Neill’s) but the story given
in the comments is that Paddy O’Brien (Tipperary) named the jig for Martin Hayes.

I’m told that Paddy O’Brien (Tipperary) and Sean Ryan were cousins.
It could be that Sean Ryan decided to rename his tune to "The Blockers" so his cousin Paddy
knew that the name "The Banshee’s Wail …" was free to be reused. ??