The Controversial reel

Also known as Ríl Na Conspóide.

There are 25 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Miss Johnstone’s (a few times), The Boogie (a few times), Jim Coleman’s (a few times) and The Macroom Lasses (a few times).

The Controversial has been added to 9 tune sets.

The Controversial has been added to 75 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Controversial
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B3 e dB B2 | gabg abge | d2 Bd gedB | A2 GB ABGA |
Bdde dB B2 | gabg abge | dGBd gedB | GBAF G2 GA :|
BddB A2 BA | GEDE GABd | eaaf gedB | GBdB A2 GA |
BddB AdBA | GEDE GABd | bgaf gedB | GBAF G4 :|
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The Controversial
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~d3e dB ~B2 | g2bg abge | d2 Bd gedB | BAGB ABce | ~d2Be dB ~B2 |
gabg abge | d2 B/c/d gedB |1 AGFA G3 e :|2 AGFA G3 A ||
B3 d ~A2 BA | GEDE GA B/c/d | egab gedc | BAGA BAA2 | BedB A2BA |
GEDE GA B/c/d | egab gedc |1 BGAB G3 A :|2 BGAB G3 e ||
X: 3
T: The Controversial
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A3 B AF F2 | d2 Bd efdB | AF F2 dBAF | FEDF EFGB |
A3 B AF F2 | d2 Bd efdB | AF F2 dBAF |1 EDEF DEFG :|2 EDEF D2 z2 ||
|: F2 GF E2 FE | DB,A,B, DEFA | BABc dBAF | FEDF E2 Ez |
F2 AF E2 FE | DB,A,B, DEFA | BABc dBAG |1 FDEF D2 Dz :|2 FDEF DEFG ||
X: 4
T: The Controversial
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~B3 d ed (3Bcd) | ~g3 b abge | dGBd gedB | BAGB ~A2 GA |
~B3 d ed (3Bcd) | ~g3 b abge | ed (3Bcd) gedB | AGFA G3 A :|
BddB AcBA | GEDE ~G3 d | ~e3 d gedB | BAGB ~A3 G |
BzdB AcBA | GEDE ~G3 d | egfa gedB | AGFA G2 :|

Six comments

The Controversial

One of many great compositions by button-accordion player Billy McComiskie. There are several versions with minor variations of this tune going round. This was transcribed by Ged Palmer, a fine fiddle-player who lived for a while in Aberdeen. I think this particular transcription came from a recording of the tune made by the fiddle-playing brothers Seamus and Manus McGuire .

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The Hostile Winds of Controversy

I couldn’t resist.

At the End of the Day

Here’ the setting Dervish recorded. Of course each instrument plays it slightly different from the other, and each instrument plays it different each time through, but I tried to establish a consensus — more or less. So if you happen to be looking for what’s on that recording… here ya go.

X: 1
T: Controversial
S: Dervish (At the End of the Day)
C: B. McComiskey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
~d3e dB ~B2 | g2bg abge | d2 Bd gedB | BAGB ABce | ~d2Be dB ~B2 |
gabg abge | d2 B/c/d gedB |1 AGFA G3 e :|2 AGFA G3 A ||
B3 d ~A2 BA | GEDE GA B/c/d | egab gedc | BAGA BAA2 | BedB A2BA |
GEDE GA B/c/d | egab gedc |1 BGAB G3 A :|2 BGAB G3 e ||

Here’s a version in D

X: 1
T:The Controversial
M:C|
L:1/8
C:Billy McComiskey
R:Reel
D:Dervish Live - WBGH
Z:John Norvel
K:D
|: A3 B AF F2 | d2 Bd efdB | AF F2 dBAF | FEDF EFGB |
A3 B AF F2 | d2 Bd efdB | AF F2 dBAF |1 EDEF DEFG :|2 EDEF D2 z2 |
|: F2 GF E2 FE | DB,A,B, DEFA | BABc dBAF | FEDF E2 Ez |
F2 AF E2 FE | DB,A,B, DEFA | BABc dBAG |1 FDEF D2 Dz :|2 FDEF DEFG |

“The Controversial Reel” ~ brought back from the future

Submitted on July 8th 2006 by biotech_cowboy.
https://thesession.org/tunes/5946

K: G Major
~B3 d ed (3Bcd) | ~g3 b abge | dGBd gedB | BAGB ~A2 GA |
~B3 d ed (3Bcd) | ~g3 b abge | ed (3Bcd) gedB | AGFA G3 A :|
BddB AcBA | GEDE ~G3 d | ~e3 d gedB | BAGB ~A3 G |
BzdB AcBA | GEDE ~G3 d | egfa gedB | AGFA G2 :|

~ As Turlach Boylan plays it on "The Tidy Cottage". It’s notated as how he plays each part the first time through, but of course he goes on to add nice variation with the repeats. It’s a bit different from Dervish’s recording. Boylan plays it with a nice lilt. A great tune, no matter who plays it or how.

# Posted on July 8th 2006 by biotech_cowboy

Re: The Controversial

Love John McCann’s youtube clip setting, especially the tempo.