Simple but effective
I first learned this reel from the dots, browsing through Breandan Breathnach’s "Ceol Rince na hEireann" Book 1 (it’s no.115), and I was taken by it’s pleasing simplicity. There’s a nice change between E minor and G major between the A and B music, and it makes a good tune to start off a set of reels; you can disappear into an A minor/major or D major tune after it with great lift. I reckon any tune with Dowd in the title is worth a look! Pete Coe (Ripponden) says the same about any tune with Jackson in the title…
Drag her round the road?
A version of this tune would appear to be in the data base already as the E minor reel `Drag her round the road`also known as Andy McGann`s No 42 or The Bunratty reel.
Drag her round the road!
Well, "Tom Dowd’s Favourite" at least doesn’t have the vaguely (or not so vaguely) misogynistic overtones of "Drag her round the road," allowing of course for personalization of inanimate objects as female, blabbity blah, etc.
Did you ever get that job in a museum?
I`m sure Andy McGann wouldn`t consider dragging a female around with him at his age…
Drag her round the road… maybe!
Thanks for that enlightening connection between these two tunes; I’d never spotted that the A music is similar, despite knowing the other tune well. I would say that the B music’s substantially different, but they’re no doubt of the same family. My mate Andy P. reckons there’s only one Irish tune, and all the others are just variants. Anoraks please discuss. But maybe not here or Jeremy might complain!
Tom Dowd’s Favourite (reel)
This version of "Drag Her Round the Road" is on Paul McGrattan’s "Frost Is All Over" and Angelina Carberry’s recent album "An Traidisiun Beo." It seems Breathnach collected from the flute playing of John Egan, and in fact Paul McGrattan recorded it as "John Egan’s."
Tune with similarities here https://thesession.org/tunes/5478
This is on the Mulcahy Family’s Notes From The Heart as "John Egan’s", track 4, middle tune of the 3.
“John Egan’s reel” from “The frost is all over” by Paul McGrattan
According to "John Egan’s reel" from "The frost is all over" by Paul McGrattan is equal to "Tom Dowd’s favourite", I would prefer to transcribe Paul McGrattan’s version as follows (the latest 2-3 bars are quite different):
T:John Egan’s reel
GA|BEED GEDE|GEDE G3 A|BEED GE D2|1 BddB A2:|2 BddB AcBA|
!|:~G3 G GBdB|~G3 B AEEF|G2 GF GBdg|1 e2 dB AcBA:|2 e2 dB A2||
Tom Dowd’s Favourite
Here’s a great version I found on youtube as played by Kevin Crawford.
T: Tom Dowd’s Favourite
|: DGGG GBdB | GBdB AGED | DGGG G2 Bd | ~e2 dB ABdB |
DGGG GBdB | GBdB AGED | GGGB d2 (3Bcd | ~e2 dB (3ABA GA ||
BEEE (3GFE DE | (3GFE DE GGGA | BEEE (3GFE DE | (3Bcd dB (3ABA GA |
BEEE (3GFE DE | (3GFE DE GG G2 | AGBG EBGE | DGBG ABdB ||
Terrible audio quality but you’ll get the idea. It starts about 1.50 He’s playing it on a C whistle
this is link on you tube, where davy maguire teached us this reel at san benedetto festival as thomas duddy’s reel.
i am person on right corner ………
Diarmuid O’Brien & Donie Nolan
Here is the version played on the album "Cairde Cairdìn" by Diarmuid O’Brien. He is joined on this track by Donie Nolan.
B~E3 GEDE|GEDE G2GA|B~E3 GEDE|GABG A2GA|
B~E3 GEDE|GEDE G2GA|B~E3 GEDE|GABG A2BA||
G2GF GBdB|GBdB A2BA|G2GF GABd|gedB A2BA|
G2GF GBdB|GBdB A2BA|G2GF GABd|gedB A2GA||