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 this tune.

The Merry Days Of Easter appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Merry Days Of Easter has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Merry Days Of Easter has been added to 47 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
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 .
2
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||
3
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 .
4
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||
5
X: 5
T: The Merry Days Of Easter
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B~G3 D~G3|(3Bcd gd cAAc|B~G3 D~G3|Bdgd BGGA|
BzBG c2BA|(3Bcd gd cA Ac|B~G3 DGGz|Bdgd (3Bcd ga|
bgaf gbag|e~a3 eaab|c'baf gbfd|(3Bcd ef~g3z|
bgaf gbag|e~a3 eaab|c'zba agfd|~g3z gedc|
B~G3 D~G3|(3Bcd gd cAAc|B~G3 D~G3|(3Bcd gd BGGA|
BzBG c2BA|(3Bcd gd cAAz|B~G3 DGBD|(3Bcd gd Bdga|
bdad gbag|e~a3 eaab|baaf gbfd|(3Bcd ef gzga|
bgaf ~g3b|e~a3 eaab|c'zba agfd|~g3z gedc|
BDAD ~G3z|BDAD cAAc|B~G3 D~G3|(3Bcd gd BGGA|
BzBG c2BA|(3Bcd gd cAAc|B~G3 D~G3|(3Bcd gd Bdga|
bzaf gbag|e~a3 eaab|c'baf gbfd|(3Bcd ef~g3z|
aggf (3gfe ed|e~a3 eaab|c'zba agfd|~g3z gedc|
B~G3 D~G3|(3Bcd gd cAAc|B~G3 D~G3|Bzgd BGGA|
B2BG c2BA|(3Bcd gd cAAz|B~G3 DGBD|(3Bcd gd Bdga|
bzaf gbag|e~a3 eaab|c'baf gbfd|(3Bcd ef~g3z|
aggf (3gfe ed|e~a3 eaab|c'z ba agfd|g2za gedB|G3||
# Added by Sarge .

Seven 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:5

Artist: Harry Bradley
Album: Bad turns and Horseshoe Bends

One of my favourite flute tunes. The rhythm , pulse and groove of this tune is something else. You can’t help but rock your head or tap your foot when you listen to this. Unfortunately, alot of modern flute playing, with it’s smooth, fluid style and fancy finger work lacks this amazing, hypnotic rhythm. I know what I prefer to listen to anyway, give me this anyday.

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