The West Wind reel

There are 29 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Sean Reid’s (lots of times), The Flogging (a few times) and Sporting Nell (a few times).

The West Wind has been added to 2 tune sets.

The West Wind has been added to 109 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The West Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BdGA BGdB | ADFG ABcA | BdGA BGdB | cAFG AG G2 |
BdGA BGdB | AD F2 ABcA | G2 Bd g2 ge | fdcA AG G2 |
|: G2 Bd g2 ge | f2 fd ABcA | G2 Bd g2 ge | fdcA BGFA |
G2 Bd g2 ge | f2 fd ABcA | dg g2 bgag |1 fdcA AGGF :|2 fdcA AGGA ||
|: B2 GB B2 GB | A2 FA A2 FA | B2 GB B2 GB | cAFG AGGA |
B2 GB GBdB | A2 FA dAFA | G2 Bd g2 ge |1 fdcA AGGA :|2 fdcA AG G2 ||
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The West Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B/c/d GA BGBd|cAFG ABc2|B/c/d GA BGBd|cAFA G2GA|
B2BG c2cA|d2dB cdef|g3a gfdg|fdcA BGAF||
G2Bd gfde|=f2af ABcA|G2Bd gfdg|fdcA BGAF|
G2Bd gfde|=f2af ABcA|~g3a bgag|fdcA BGG2||
X: 3
T: The West Wind
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3Bcd GA BGdB | AD F2 ABcA | (3Bcd GA BGdB | cAFG AG G2 |
(3Bcd GA BGdB | AD D2 ABcA | G2 (3Bcd g3e | fdcA AG G2 |
|: G2 (3Bcd g3e | f3d ABcA | G2 (3Bcd g3e | fdcA DBcA |
G2 (3Bcd g3e | f3d ABcA | g3a bgag |1 fdcA AGGF :|2 fdcA AGGA ||
|: (3BcB Gd (3BcB Gd | (3AcA Fd (3AcA Fd | (3BcB Gd (3BcB Gd | cAFG AGGA |
(3BcB GA BGdB | AD F2 ABcA | G2 (3Bcd g3e |1 fdcA AGGA :|2 fdcA AG G2 ||
# Added by JACKB .

Fourteen comments

West Wind

Comment later - off to hear Sharon Shannon.

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West Wind

Thought to be an older version of "Colonel Fraser", the similarities are obvious. I first heard it played by Finbar Furey, but a recording I particularly like is by John & James Kelly along with Mick Crehan on pipes, and Mick Gavin on flute.

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West Wind

I always hear this tune played with no repeat in each part. I wonder if this is really Kenny’s transcription. Claire Keville recently recorded the unusual Paddy Fahy version with only 2 parts.

A great piping friend of mine always played this in sessions, and I ended up learning it. Now it’s one of my favourite tunes, and I’ll probably keep playing it while he’s away for months.

You wonder whether it’s really Kenny’s transcription? :-)

I’d say it probably is. It looks like his normal transcription style - neat and accurate, with no ornamentation.

Kenny, please inform who recorded this tune with all the repeat in each part.

I can’t remember, "slainte" - it was 3 years ago | posted this. I know I have 2 transcriptions, from different sources, and I’ll need to take a look at them. My initial thought is to agree with you, certainly Willie Clancy plays it "single" - I listened to a recording of him playing it this morning. Incidentally, he plays it 3 times, but only plays all 3 parts the third time round, which is strange. This is on one of the "The Piping of Willie Clancy" LPs. I’ll get back to you on this.

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Ronan Browne and Peter O’Loughlin recorded it "single" but the sleeve notes don’t mention the source. Probably W. Clancy, though. John and James Kelly play it the same way with Mick Gavin and Michael Crehan as you know, and John Kelly Sr. is cited as the source with his opinion: this is "more traditional and unspoilt" version of the tune.

I don’t see the problem. It works fine both as a single and as a double. If that’s the way Kenny plays it, who cares if it’s different to recorded versions? Settings from recordings don’t have to be definitive you know, Slainte.

Don’t tease me, Dow. I just tried to clarify who were the sources of the "single" settings, and the reference to recordings is incidental.

Paddy Fahey Version

Here’s a unique version of the tune learned from the fiddle playing of Breda Keville.

K: Gmaj
B/c/d GA BGBd|cAFG ABc2|B/c/d GA BGBd|cAFA G2GA|
B2BG c2cA|d2dB cdef|g3a gfdg|fdcA BGAF||
G2Bd gfde|=f2af ABcA|G2Bd gfdg|fdcA BGAF|
G2Bd gfde|=f2af ABcA|~g3a bgag|fdcA BGG2||

Sláinte, Seamus Tansey recorded this tune as a double on ‘King of the…

The West Wind, X:3

A version I play

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