The Merry Days Of Easter reel

Also known as The Aughrim Slopes, Garry Hastings’, Gary Hasting’s, Jim Erwin’s, McKeigue’s.

There are 9 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Merry Days Of Easter has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Merry Days Of Easter has been added to 41 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Merry Days Of Easter
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BG G2 DG G2 | Bdgd cA A2 | BG G2 DGBG | Bdgd BGGA |
B2 BG c2 BA | Bdgd cA A2 | BG G2 DG G2 | Bdgd Bdga |
bgaf g2 ag | eaag ea a2 | bgaf gfed | Bdef g2 ga |
bgaf gefd | eaag eaab | c'2 ba agfd | g2 gf gedc |
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The Merry Days Of Easter
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BG~G2 cBAc | BdGB c2cA | BG~G2 DGcA | Bdgd BGGA | B3d c3A | Bdgd cA~A2 |
BG~G2 DGGA | Bdgd Bdga ||
bgaf (3ggg fg | (3eee ag a2ac' | bgaf gfed | (3Bcd ef g3a | ~b2ab g2fg |
~e2ag a2ab | c'eac' bgef | gbaf gedc ||
X: 3
T: The Merry Days Of Easter
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
c|B~G3 DEGA|Bdgd cAAc|B~G3 DEGA|Bdgd BGGA|
~B3d ~c3A|Bdgd cAAc|B~G3 DEGA|Bdgd BGG2 ||
bgaf ~g4|e~a3 eaga|bgaf gfed|^cde=c B/c/d ga|
bgaf gbfg|ea a/a/a eaab|{c'}babe agef|gbag {a}gedc||
# Added .
X: 4
T: The Merry Days Of Easter
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGEG DEGA|Bdgd cA A2 |BGEG DEGA|Bdgd BGGA|
B2 BG c2 cA|Bdgd cA A2|BGEG DEGA|Bdgd Bdga||
bgaf g2 fg|eaag a2 ga|bgaf gfed |egfa g2 ga|
bgaf g2 fg|eaag eaab|c'abg agef|g2 gf gedc|]

Five comments

Gary Hastings’

From Harry Bradley’s 1st recording - a great flute tune, which he got from Gary Hastings, another Belfast player. According to the sleeve notes, Gary associated the reel with the late Peg McGrath, so it’s flute-players all round. [And it’s got a high "c".]

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The following setting comes from Micheal O Raghallaigh’s ‘The Nervous Man’, bearing the title, The Merry Days of Easter. A setting by this name appears in O’Neill’s, but is somewhat less reminiscent of the tune poseted here by Kenny.

M:4/4
K:G
BG~G2 cBAc | BdGB c2cA | BG~G2 DGcA | Bdgd BGGA | B3d c3A | Bdgd cA~A2 |
BG~G2 DGGA | Bdgd Bdga ||
bgaf (3ggg fg | (3eee ag a2ac’ | bgaf gfed | (3Bcd ef g3a | ~b2ab g2fg |
~e2ag a2ab | c’eac’ bgef | gbaf gedc ||

Aka Jim Erwin’s

Fiddler Gerry O’Connor calls this Jim Erwin’s, and says it’s also known as Mick McKeigue’s from the playing of P.J. Hernon. On Gerry’s Journeyman cd, it goes as follows:

X: 1
T: Jim Erwin’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: G
c|B~G3 DEGA|Bdgd cAAc|B~G3 DEGA|Bdgd BGGA|
~B3d ~c3A|Bdgd cAAc|B~G3 DEGA|Bdgd BGG2 ||
bgaf ~g4|e~a3 eaga|bgaf gfed|^cde=c B/c/d ga|
bgaf gbfg|ea a/a/a eaab|{c’}babe agef|gbag {a}gedc||
[B3D3] G DEGA|….

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Yet another title; perhaps the original?

I found a lovely field recording of a young Seamus Connolly playing this very same tune here: www.comhaltasarchive.ie The title given for the tune there is "The Aughrim Slopes". As I recall from a conversation with a friend who knows Seamus, he is VERY good with names of tunes…

The Merry Days Of Easter, X:4

This is a merry tune.

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