The Old Dudeen reel

Also known as An Dúidín, Dudeen, Hanley’s, McGann’s, The Old Duidin, The Tailor’s Thimble.

There are 33 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Cashmere Shawl (a few times), Andy McGann’s (a few times), Bonnie Anne (a few times), The Humours Of Castlefin (a few times) and The Rose In The Gap (a few times).

The Old Dudeen has been added to 15 tune sets.

The Old Dudeen has been added to 147 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Old Dudeen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:fe|dBBA FEFA|dcde fgfe|dBBA ~F3 A|BdcA B2:|
Bc|:d2 Bc dcde|fbbf afef|dBBc dcde|fbaf e2 de|
fB~B2 dcde|fbbf a2 fa|bfbf abaf|bf~f2 eafe:|
# Added by errik .
X: 2
T: The Old Dudeen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
fe|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|dcde fgfe|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|BdcA B3 c|
|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|dcde fgfe|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|BdcA B3 g||
|fdBc ~d3 f|a2 a^g afe=g|fdBd A/B/A de|fbaf [e3e3] g|
|fdBc ~d3 e|fbbf a2 fa|b3 f a2 fa|bfaf egfe||
# Added .
X: 3
T: The Old Dudeen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
fedc BAFA|~d3e fdef|dBcB BAFA|BdcA ~B3c|
dBBA ~F3A|~d3e faef|dBcB BAFA|BdcA ~B3c||
d2Bc dcde|f2bf afeg|fdBc ~d3e|fbaf edeg|
fdBc dcde|f2bf afef|bf~f2 af~f2|bfaf edeg||
X: 4
T: The Old Dudeen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
fe|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|dcde fgfe|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|(3Bcd cA B3 c|
|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|dcde fgfe|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|(3Bcd cA ~B2 eg||
|fdBc ~d3 e|ffbf afeg |fd (3Bcd ABde|fbaf e3 g|
|fdBc ~d3 e|ffbf a2 fa|b3 f a2 fa|bfaf egfe||
X: 5
T: The Old Dudeen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
dBBA F3B | DA B/c/d egfe | dBBA F3 A | B/c/d cA B3c |
d2 BA F3A | DA B/c/d egfe | dBBA F3 A | B/c/d cA B3g |
fdB2 d3e | f2bf afeg | fdBd A3d | fbaf e3g |
fdB2 d3e | f2b2 a3f | b3c' a2fa | bc'af egfe |
X: 6
T: The Old Dudeen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
fe|dcBA BAFA | dcde fgfe | dcBA FDFA | BdcA B2:|
de|fedc defg | afbf afeg | fedc defg | afdf e2 de |
fedc defg | afbf a2a2 | bfbf afaf | bfaf e2|]

Thirteen comments

Gerry O’Connor’s version

On his Journeyman cd, fiddler Gerry O’Connor calls this McGann’s after Andy McGann. Gerry says he got the tune from a private tape of McGann’s playing.

Transcribed from Gerry O’Connor’s playing, it goes like this:

X:1
T: McGann’s
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Journeyman, Gerry O’Connor
K:Bm
fe|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|dcde fgfe|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|BdcA B3 c|
|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|dcde fgfe|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|BdcA B3 g||
|fdBc ~d3 f|a2 a^g afe=g|fdBd A/B/A de|fbaf [e3e3] g|
|fdBc ~d3 e|fbbf a2 fa|b3 f a2 fa|bfaf egfe||

There’s no small resemblance to the Otter’s Holt, especially in the A part.

Posted .

The Old Dudeen

My submission belongs here in the comments. Go here for an mp3 and some more info about early recordings http://www.cranfordpub.com/tunes/Irish/OldDudeen.htm. I think the Tailor’s Thimble title might be a mistake, and there’s another reel that goes by that name anyway.

X: 1
T: Tailor’s Thimble, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
S: Danu: Think Before You Think
K: Bmin
fedc BAFA|~d3e fdef|dBcB BAFA|BdcA ~B3c|
dBBA ~F3A|~d3e faef|dBcB BAFA|BdcA ~B3c||
d2Bc dcde|f2bf afeg|fdBc ~d3e|fbaf edeg|
fdBc dcde|f2bf afef|bf~f2 af~f2|bfaf edeg||

It sounds so D major…

Posted by .

It sounds so B minor…

Composed by John McGrath.

Paddy Killoran recorded this during the fifties and I have always thought it could well have been the inspiration for the Otter’s Holt, many local musicians including Junior Crehan met and played with Killoran on his 1958 and 1960 visits to Miltown Malbay.

Posted .

I confirm, it’s a Bm tune.

Nice tune anyway, my students will suffer next year !

Mcsherry

X:1
T: McGann’s
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Journeyman, Gerry O’Connor
K:Bm
fe|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|dcde fgfe|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|(3Bcd cA B3 c|
|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|dcde fgfe|dB{d}BA ~F3 A|(3Bcd cA ~B2 eg||
|fdBc ~d3 e|ffbf afeg |fd (3Bcd ABde|fbaf e3 g|
|fdBc ~d3 e|ffbf a2 fa|b3 f a2 fa|bfaf egfe||

The Old Dudeen, X:6

Jackie Daly’s setting, learned from Andy McGann in person.