Rogha An Ghabha reel

Also known as The Blacksmith’s Fancy, Rogha Na Ghabha.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Rakish Paddy (a few times).

Rogha An Ghabha has been added to 4 tune sets.

Rogha An Ghabha has been added to 57 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Rogha An Ghabha
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2 GE FDDF | G2 E=C G,CEG | AFGE FDDC | DEFG Add=c |
A2 GE FDDF | G2 E=C G,CEG | DEFG Adde | fage fd d2 :|
fddc dfaf | ecAG FD D2 | fddc dfaf | efga fdde |
fddc dfaf | ecAG FDDE | DEFG Adde | fage fd d2 :|
# Added by Kenny .

Four comments

Rogha An Ghabha/The Blacksmith’s Fancy

This Donegal reel was transcribed for me by Malcolm Reavell, from a tape from the Willie Clancy week from some years ago. Subsequently recorded by "Altan" and more recently, "Danu".
In English, the title is "The Blacksmith’s Fancy". I think this was requested a while back.

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Anybody have advice for playing this tune on a flute? Solo, I just transpose the octaves for the low notes, but it isn’t quite the same. I imagine it’s more effective in ensemble.

Wonderful first part. Is it just me or is the second part devoid of anything interesting?

Maybe it will grow on me.

Re: Rogha An Ghabha

Even if you do think the second part is boring (and I could see why) I still think it would be great to play for the first part alone. I would also revise the abc a bit by putting it in Dmix at least to start, modulating to Dmaj mid-tune.
By the way the version on Frank Cassidy’s Níl Gar Ann is killer.