Cavan Potholes reel

By Dónal Lunny

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

Cavan Potholes has been added to 4 tune sets.

Cavan Potholes has been added to 135 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Cavan Potholes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
G2Bd BAGB|A2de dABd|e2~e2 defd|e2BA (3Bcd ef|
gfef gfeg|fedB ABdf|eBBA BedB|ABdB ADFD|
|:A (3Bcd ef|g3a gfeg|fedB ABdf|eBBA BdeB|BAGA (3Bcd ef|
~g3a gfeg|(3fed ag fefd|ebaf g2Bg|fde2 (3Bcd ef|
gaba gfeg|fgfe de (3fed|egfa gedg|(3efg fd BdAF|
X: 2
T: Cavan Potholes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3DEF|:"Am9"G2Bd BAGB|"D7" AD~D2 ADFD|"Em7" EFGE AGFA|"Em7" GABd edBA|
"Am9"G2Bd BAGB|"D7" A2de dABd|"Em" e2~e2 defd|"Em7" e2BA (3Bcd ef|
"Am9"gfef gfeg|"D7" fedB ABdf|"Em" eBBA BedB|"Em7" ABdB ADFD|
"Am9"E2Bd BAGB|"D7" AGFE DEFD|"Em" EFGE "D"FEDF|1 "Em7" E4 z2 (3DEF:|2 "Em7" E4 z2 (3def||
|:"Am9"g3a gfeg|"D7" fedB ABdf|"Em7" eBBA BdeB|BAGA "Em7" (3Bcd ef|
"Am9"~g3a gfeg|"D7" (3fed ag fefd|"Em7" ebaf g2Bg|"Em7" fde2 (3Bcd ef|
"Am9"gaba gfeg|"D7" fgfe de (3fed|"Em7" egfa gedg|"Em7" (3efg fd BdAF|
"Am9"G2Bd BAGB|"D7" AGFE DEFD|"Em7" EFGE AGFG|1 "Em7" E4 z2 (3def:|2 "Em7" E4 z2 (3DEF||

Ten comments

A mighty tune

This infectious tune, written by Donal Lunny, comes from the playing of Sharon Shannon.

great transcription! I’ve been looking for this tune for the longest time!

Great Tune for a Great Box Player….Love it!
However, is it triplets or rolls what Sharon does in this tune?

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My Favourite Piece

This is one of my favourite tunes at the moment so catchy!!

Could be my favorite too!

So good, it’s also the Fiddle I listen for because I may get to learn how to play this but the Accordian is so ideal and rhythmic.

Dmaj? Surely not?

Seems to me it’s in Eminor. Correct me if I’m wrong, please!

The structure is mainly hexatonic, but where there are ‘c’ notes in the triplets, they are played sharp. It would be closer to say that it is in E dorian. I tend not to take too much notice of the key entry in the text. It is often there just for convenience in transcription.

Slight changes

I couldn’t quite get jdicarlo’s great transcription to fit my befuddled fingers so I made some minor changes and threw in some reasonable chords. There are a bunch of guitar chord positions that fit this song so what I’ve added are just the very most basic ones that might make sense.

Chords on Sharon Shannon recording sound something like:

I’ve got at least 5 different chord forms at each chord change I could use and they’d all sound fine regardless of their actual chord name but the guitar player I play with would get lost in about 4 seconds if I asked him to play them, hence the very simple selection. The Cmaj7 or Am9 stuff and so all sound just fine and I’m good with letting the guy on the guitar do his thing while my fingers trip over themselves trying to play the melody well on the mandolin. I’ve a ways yet to go on that score.