Sligo Creek reel

By Danny Noveck

Also known as The Ballad Of Fred And Wilma, Sam’s, Sam’s Reel #1, Sams.

There are 20 recordings of this tune.

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Sligo Creek appears in 1 other tune collection.

Sligo Creek has been added to 12 tune sets.

Sligo Creek has been added to 127 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Sligo Creek
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
|:f2ef dB~B2|f2ef defg|a2ed cAAF|EFAB cAde|
f2ef dB~B2|f2ef defg|a2ed cAec|ABBA B2 z2:|
|:=GBBA Bcde|fdec defd|eA~A2 cAFA|EFAB cABA|
=GBBA Bcde|f2ec defd|ea~a2 efec|ABBA B2 z2:|
X: 2
T: Sligo Creek
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
f2 ef dBBf|f2 ef defg-|a2 ed cAAA|EAAB cBce|
f2 ef dBBf|f2 ef defg-|a2 ed cAAA|1 B4-Bcde:|2 B4-BcBA||
FBBB Bcde|f2 ef defd|eA (3AAA cBAF|EFAB- BcBA|
GBBB Bcde|f2 ef defd|eaga f2 ec|ABBA B3 A:|

Eight comments

Written by Danny Noveck. I first heard this tune from the New England contradance band Wild Asparagus.

Original setting?

Is this Danny’s original concept?

Mike Hoban’s

Altan have recorded a reel called after and attributed to a Mayo box player Mike Hoban, which sounds not unlike this.

Contra Dance Tune

This tune is enjoying a resurgence in the contra repetoire. I think I’ve heard it at nearly every dance I’ve been to this summer.

Another great take on it is from the Seattle band KGB on their recording “Volga Notions”.

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The first of Sam’s reels

This is the simplest form of the reel as played by Yvonne Casey of the Ceili Bandits, as heard on track 1 of their album “Hangin’ at the Crossroads.”

Formerly known as “The Ballad of Fred and Wilma”, but subsequently legitimized by giving it a more “traditional” sounding name. However, the creek in question is in Silver Spring, Maryland, USA, not County Sligo, Ireland. Danny mentioned that he was trying to channel the spirit of Tommy Peoples when he came up with this tune.

The source of Sligo Creek

A clarification: I was talking to Danny the other day and he said that actually the Tommy Peoples connection just has to do with the way he plays the tune (leading off with a Peoples-esque jittery cran on the F#), and he wasn’t actually thinking of anything in particular when he wrote it.
I’m sure there are some tune-makers who start with some image or place they want to evoke, and then try to build the tune around that, but I suspect the best tunes come when the mind is essentially a blank slate. In a good way, of course!