Harvest Storm reel

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Harvest Storm has been added to 3 tune sets.

Harvest Storm has been added to 91 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Harvest Storm
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|e3f eAce|fAgA agfa|(3eee ef eAcA|GABc dfaf|
|e2 ef eAce|fd (3ddd agfa|(3eee ef eAcA|GABc defg|
|a2 gb aece|aA (3AAA eAce|(3aba gb aecA|GABc defg|
|a2 gb aece|aA (3AAA eAce|aAgA fAec|dcBc dfaf|
# Added .
X: 2
T: Harvest Storm
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: "D"A3 B ADFA | "G"BDcD dcBd | "D"(3AAA AB ADFD | "A"CDEF GBdB |
"D"A2 AB ADFA | "G"BG (3GGG dcBd | "D" (3AAA AB ADFD |1 "A"CDEF GABG :|2 "A"CDEF GABc ||
|: "D"d2 ce dAFA | dD (3DDD ADFA | (3ded ce dAFD | "A"CDEF GABc |
"D"d2 ce dAFA | dD (3DDD ADFA | dDcD BDAF |1 "A"GFEF GABc :|2 "A"GFEF GBdB ||

Three comments

Harvest Storm

As requested, this tune comes off of Altan’s Best cd, track 15, in a set with the Donegal version of Drowsy Maggie, then Rakish Paddy, and finally Harvest Storm. I transcribed this from a taped copy, so I don’t have the liner notes. Maybe someone could fill in any info on this tune, particularly the composer, if that’s given.

Yet another fine example of a Donegal reel in A, played by Altan with their trademark fire and sparkle. Ciaran Tourish and Mairead Mhaonaigh play twin fiddles on this, and they veer around one another, one playing triplets, say, while the other hits a big drone note. This tune lends itself to that, and Ciaran heads for the lower octave the second time through the first half for a rich accompaniment to Mairead on the high end.

To get that Donegal sound, bow all the triplets (no slurring), and don’t slur when crossing strings either.

Other variations:
Part A, 2nd measure, can be played without string crossings: |fege agfa|
Part B, last 2 measures can be played: |aAgA fAeA|GABc dfaf|

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According to the notes, this tune is composed by Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy of Altan.


Harvest Storm, X:2

Learned this tune in an online session during the pandemic in 2020, thought a version in D could be helpful for some instruments 😉.