The Cameronian reel

Also known as Camaronian, Cameronians, The Cameronion, Carey’s Dream, Roger’s Fancy.

There are 52 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Lady Of The House (lots of times), Casey’s Pig (lots of times), The Doon (a few times), Crowley’s (a few times) and The Belles Of Tipperary (a few times).

The Cameronian has been added to 19 tune sets.

The Cameronian has been added to 375 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Cameronian
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|:A2 FA DAFA|GFEF GBdB|BAFA DAFA|GBAG FDdB|
|AF (3FFF DF (3FFF|GFEF GBdB|BAFA DAFA|GBAG FDDB:|
|:Addc [d3D3] d|cdef gfed|(3cBA eA fAed|(3Bcd ef gfeg|
|faeg faeg|fedc defg|(3agf ge fdec|dBAG FDDB:|
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X: 2
T: The Cameronian
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2 FA DAFA|GE~E2 GBdB|A2 FA DAFA|GBAG FDD B|
AF~F2 DF~F2|GE~E2 GBdB|A2FD ADFA|GBAG FDD B|
A2 FA DAFA|GE~E2 GBdB|A2 FA DAFA|GBAG FDD B|
A2dA eAdA|GE~E2 GBdB|A2FD ADFA|GBAG FDD B||
Addc [d2D2] ed|B/c/d ef gfed|c/B/A eA fAeA|B/c/d ef gfeg|
faea faea|fdec defg|af ge fdec|dBAG FDD B:||
X: 3
T: The Cameronian
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2 FA DAFA|GE~E2 GABd|A2 FA DAFA|GBAG FDD F|
|1 A2 FA DAFA|GE~E2 GABd|~A3 B ADFA|BdAG FDD F:|
|2 A ~F3 dFAF|GE~E2 GABd|~A3 B ADFA|BdAG FDD F||
|:A2dc dedA|(3Bcd ef gfed|(3cBA eA fAeA|(3Bcd ef ~g3e|
faeg faeg|fdec defg|af ge fdec|dBAG FDD B:|
X: 4
T: The Cameronian
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
||A2 FA DAFA|GE~E2 GBdB|A2 FA DAFA|GBAG FDD B|
| A ~F3 D~F3|G~E3 GBdB|A2FA DAFA|GBAG FDD F||
|: A ~F3 D~F3|G~E3 GBdB|A2FA DAFA|GBAG FDD B:|
|:Addc dddA|(3Bcd ef gfed|(3cBA eA fAeA|(3Bcd ef gfeg|
faeg faeg|fdec defg|af ge fdec|dBAG FDD B:|
X: 5
T: The Cameronian
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|:A2 FA DAFA|GFEF GBdB|BAFA DAFA|GBAG FDdB|
|AF F2 DF F2|GFEF GBdB|BAFA DAFA|GBAG FDDB:|
|:Addc d3A|(3Bcd ef gfed|(3cBA eA fAed|(3Bcd ef gfeg|
|faeg faeg|fedc defg|(3agf ge fdec|dBAG FDDB:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Cameronian
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2AF DFAF|GFEF GBdB|A2 AF DFAF|GBAG FDdB|
A2 AF DFAF|GFEF GBdB|ABAF dcdA|GBAG FD D2||
d4 d2 ed|cdef gfed|cAeA fAeA|cdef gfed|
faeg afge|cege d>efg|afge fdec|dABG FAdB||"Final"dBAF D2 D2||
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 7
T: The Cameronian
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2FA DAFA|GE (3EDE GEdB|A2FA DAFA|1 GBAG FDdB:|2 GBAG FD (3EFG:||
|:Addc d3A|(3Bcd ef gfed|(3cBA eA fAef|defd gfed|
fgaf bage|dfec defg|(3agf ge fdec|dABG FAdB:||

Twelve comments

The Cameronian

Another widely played session tune, and rightfully so.

Watch for those back to back Bs when going from measure 2 to 3 and again from 6 to 7. On fiddle, I do these with on one bow stroke with a cut note (flick of the ring finger) to separate them into the two eighth notes. This helps keep the flow going.

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Odd b

Sorry, Jeremy. That b in the opening two notes is supposed to be "B," the next octave down. I fixed the abc…hope it isn’t too big a job to repair the sheet music and midi….
Thanks,
Will

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Rant

I think this tune has is origins (don’t they all) in an old Scottish tune, the Cameronian Rant, found in the Atholl Collection. It was obviously adapted to the Irish reel structure, and transposed to D from its original key of F.

Here’s De Dannan’s setting

X:1
T:Cameronian
S:De Dannan "Mist Covered Mountain"
Z:Jack Gilder
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:Dmaj
A2 FA DAFA|GE~E2 GBdB|A2 FA DAFA|GBAG FDD B|
AF~F2 DF~F2|GE~E2 GBdB|A2FD ADFA|GBAG FDD B|
A2 FA DAFA|GE~E2 GBdB|A2 FA DAFA|GBAG FDD B|
A2dA eAdA|GE~E2 GBdB|A2FD ADFA|GBAG FDD B||
Addc [d2D2] ed|B/c/d ef gfed|c/B/A eA fAeA|B/c/d ef gfeg|
faea faea|fdec defg|af ge fdec|dBAG FDD B:||

Variation to Last 2 Measures of A Part

A2 FA BCdB|CAGE FDDB|

To my knowledge, that’s how most of the people in B-more play it, so I guess it’s only a variation depending on how you normally play it.

This tune is in the Gunn Book (Fermanagh 1865) as The Pidgeon on the Gate

I love the -very different- sets Mick O’Brien plays and Mary Bergin’s recorded w this tune.

Mick O´Brien version

X:1
T:Cameronian
S:De Dannan "Mist Covered Mountain"
Z:Jack Gilder
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:Dmaj
|:A2 FA DAFA|GE~E2 GABd|A2 FA DAFA|GBAG FDD F|
|1 A2 FA DAFA|GE~E2 GABd|~A3 B ADFA|BdAG FDD F:|
|2 A ~F3 dFAF|GE~E2 GABd|~A3 B ADFA|BdAG FDD F||
|:A2dc dedA|(3Bcd ef gfed|(3cBA eA fAeA|(3Bcd ef ~g3e|
faeg faeg|fdec defg|af ge fdec|dBAG FDD B:|

John McSherry “Six days in Down”

X:1
T:Cameronian
S:John McSherry "Six days in Down"
Z:Manuel Novo
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:Dmaj
||A2 FA DAFA|GE~E2 GBdB|A2 FA DAFA|GBAG FDD B|
| A ~F3 D~F3|G~E3 GBdB|A2FA DAFA|GBAG FDD F||
|: A ~F3 D~F3|G~E3 GBdB|A2FA DAFA|GBAG FDD B:|
|:Addc dddA|(3Bcd ef gfed|(3cBA eA fAeA|(3Bcd ef gfeg|
faeg faeg|fdec defg|af ge fdec|dBAG FDD B:|

The Cameronian, X:6

This version appears in P.W. Joyce’s Old Irish Music and Songs (1909), vol. 1, p. 114-115, No. 236, as Carey’s Dream.
Joyce wrote that he copied it from two very old well-written manuscripts lent to him in 1873 by Mr J. O’Sullivan, of Bruff, Co. Limerick.

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