Captain Kelly reel

Also known as Captain Kelly’s, The Indian On The Rock.

There are 41 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Green Mountain (a few times), The Bush In Bloom (a few times), Kitty In The Lane (a few times), A Rainy Day (a few times) and The Holly Bush (a few times).

Captain Kelly has been added to 6 tune sets.

Captain Kelly has been added to 123 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Captain Kelly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GBAF G2 ge | dBAc BGEF | GBAF G2 ge | dBAc BGGF |
G2 Bd g2 ge | dBAc BGEF | GBAF G2 ge | dBAc BG G2 |
dgbg agbg | egdg egde | g2 bg agbg | egfa g3 e |
dgbg agbg | egdg eg de | g2 gd edBd | egfa gedB |
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: Captain Kelly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
||b~g3 g2 bg | eg dg eg dg | b~g3 g2 bg | egfa ~g3z |
b~g3 g2 bg | eg dg eg de | gzga gfed| egfa ~g3z ||

Nine comments

Captain Kelly

Not a reel I’ve heard played much, but it’s been recorded by at least three prominent flute players.

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Do you know a Scottish flute player called…

Kenny Hadden?

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That’s me

Howzaboutye, cos ? Hope all is well. Long time no see.

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Very long time ,no see

about 28 years to be correct!I`ve still got the tape of Shetland fiddle music you sent me.

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Conal O’Grada, Top of Coom

Second part on Conal’s recording seems to go:
||b~g3 g2 bg | eg dg eg dg | b~g3 g2 bg | egfa ~g3z |
b~g3 g2 bg | eg dg eg de | gzga gfed| egfa ~g3z ||

Re: Captain Kelly

Here is an interesting version of Geraldine & Eamonn Cotter, Maeve Donnelly & Charlie Harris :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYeNxZlqeII


X:1
T:Captain Kelly
T:Captain Kelly’s
Z:Pierre LAÏLY
D:Video de Eamonn Cotter Maeve Donnelly Charly Harris
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:Gmaj
GBAB G2 ge|dBGB AE~E2|GBAB G2 ge|dBAd BGGF|GBAE G2 ge|dBGB AE~E2|GBAB G2 ge|dBAd BGBd||
g2bg agbg|defg agfa|g2 bg agbg|defg agfa|g2bg agbg|defg afdf|gfeg fdd2|eaaf gedB||

Re: Captain Kelly

Kenny
No offence, but this sounds to me like Bill McNamara maybe?

I studied under both Bill and Seamus.
Tell me to p** off if you like , just wondering
Pat

Re: Captain Kelly

No Pat - 100% certain it was Seamus MacMathuna, not Bill MacNamara. I was very meticulous about recordings in those days, and have just checked both the tape and the track list of contents which I would have made very soon after. I did realise that the recording wasn’t from the Flute & Whistle recital of that year, but was made when Seamus was invited in to our class as a guest to play a few tunes for the students. I have amended the notes accompanying the "Youtube" clip accordingly.
I would say that Seamus has more of the "Leitrim rush", John McKenna-style in his playing than Bill Mac, which is fairly evident in that recording.
Bill MacNamara isn’t nearly as well known as he should be, a great player, and a real character. I did a flute class with him in 1982, which was very entertaining as well as musically informative. I doubt if very many people here have either heard, or heard of him. I will try to post an example of his playing on "Youtube" soon, as he never was recorded commercially, as far as I know.
All the best, Kenny.

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