Caha Mountains reel

By John Dwyer

Also known as The Caha Mountains, Finbar Dwyer’s, Finbarr Dwyer’s, John Dwyer’s.

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

Caha Mountains appears in 1 other tune collection.

Caha Mountains has been added to 27 tune sets.

Caha Mountains has been added to 80 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Caha Mountains
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:~d2dc AcGc|AGEF GEBd|~c3d ~c3A|GEAG EAGE|
D2dc AcGc|AGEF GEag|fage d2AF|GEAG FDD2:|
|:fdd^c defd|g2ga bgag|f2df ~a3f|~g3a fdde|
fdd^c defd|g2ga bgag|fage d2AF|GEAG FDD2:|
X: 2
T: Caha Mountains
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:~d3c AcGc|AGEF GEBd|~c3d ~c3A|GEAG EAGE|
D2dc AcGc|AGEF GEag|fage d2AF|GEAG FD~D2:|
fdd^c defd|~g3a bgag|f2df ~a3f|~g3a fd~d2|
fde^c defd|~g3a bgag|fage d2AF|GEAG FD~D2|
fgef defd|~g3a bgag|fadf ~a3f|gceg fd~d2|
fde^c defd|~g3a bgag|fage d2AF|GEAG FD~D2||
X: 3
T: Caha Mountains
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:d2dc AcGc|AGEF GABd|~c3d ~c3A|GEAG EAGE|
D2dc AcGc|AGEF GEag|fage d2AF|1 GEAG FD fe:|2 GEAG FDD e||
|:fdd^c defa|g2ga bgag|f"="adf ~a3f|"="gceg fdde|
fdd^c defa|g2ga bgag|((3fga) ge d2AF|1 GEAG FDD e:|2 GEAG FD fe||
X: 4
T: Caha Mountains
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d2dc AcGc|AGEF G2Ad|~c3d ~c2cA|GEcG EDD2|
d2dc AcGc|AGEF G2ag|fage d2AF|GEAG EDD2:|
|:~f3e defd|g2ga bgag|f2fe defd|gbeg fdd2|
f2fe defd|g2ga bgag|(3fga ge d2AF|GEAG FDD2:|
X: 5
T: Caha Mountains
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A2AG EGDG|EDB,C D2ed|cedB A2EC|DB,ED B,A,A,2:|
|:~c3B ABcA|d2de fded|c2cB ABcA|dfBd cAA2|
c2cB ABcA|d2de fded|(3cde dB A2EC|DB,ED CA,A,2:|

Twelve comments

This is the second tune in the Finbar Dwyer’s set on Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn’s album. The sleeve notes say that this is a composition by Mr Dwyer himself, and a mighty tune it is too.

I am pretty sure that this tune named on Matt Molloy’s CD Shadows on Stone is actually the tune Richard Dwyer’s, just to note. On the CD however, it says Finbar Dwyer’s.


This is a great tune -- it’s the first tune in Angelina and Martin’s set

Love it!

On the record I have it’s actually the first tune in the set named “Finbar Dwyer’s”. And, based on what I heard on a TG4 programme honouring Finbar and his brothers, this is in fact a composition by John Dwyer called “Caha Mountains”. John played it on the TV show, said that it was one of his, and gave the name.

Aililiu Na Gamhna

From Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn
Someone was asking about it in the comments to the recording.
There are two tunes in this set. I just assumed that this is the title for the first tune.
BTW, the title means “Calling Home the Calves”.

Finbar Dwyer’s / John Dwyer’s / Caha Mountains

Sorry about messing things up.
The track listing on Spotify is wrong!
The tune I just submitted is called “Finbar Dwyer’s” or “John Dwyer’s” or “Caha Mountains”.
It was already on thesession :

Re: Finbar Dwyer’s

Not to nitpick, but isn’t this Dmix rather than Ador?

Not that it matters, being a great tune in any event.

Caha Mountains, X:3

This version should be close to the first playing of the second tune of that set by Nasc (Pádraig Rynne - Concertina ; Tara Breen - Fiddle ; Jim Murray - Guitar) recorded live in Ennis as part of the Consairtín festival in April 2021.

Part B start with “fdd^c”| but instead that Pádraig play a roll on B’. So mind my unusual notation (to be short) that sound weird when you play audio with MIDI.

According to the set’s note, these are three reels which Nasc have been playing together for some time. Nollaig Casey composed the first one and named it after a well known beach “Silver strand” in Salthill, Co. Galway.
“Caha Mountains” was composed by Nollaig’s uncle, John Dwyer and is sometimes referred to as Finbar Dwyer’s.
The final reel “Mc Govern’s” is a very old tune which Nasc learned from Matt Molloy.

These three reels is #1 taken from their 2021 release Nasc:…​​
I am expecting it soon 🙂

Note for fiddlers : as you may know = means to put your finger over 2 strings at the same time when playing only the first note (here play an “a” first and prepare to play next “d”, or play “g” and prepare next “c”)

Played by John Dwyer, Neill Byrne & Lia Byrne at the Gradam 2010

According to John Dwyer’s own words, this tune is actually his composition that he called The Caha Mountains.
Listen here (at 1’43)

Caha Mountains, X:5

Transposed to A mixolydian, suitable for single row melodeon in D
(provided that you have a low B -- you often have to retune that from a low A).