The Whistler Of Rosslea reel

Also known as Burke’s, The Hidden Ground, The Whistler From Rosslea, The Whistler Of Rosleigh.

There are 11 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Whistler Of Rosslea has been added to 1 tune set.

The Whistler Of Rosslea has been added to 60 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Whistler Of Rosslea
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GABc dBcA | fdcA BGGE | FGAB c2 Bc | dBcA BGGF |
GBAc Bdce | dgfa gfdc | Bdgf dcAF | [1 DGGF G3 D :| [2 DGGF G2 Bd||
|: g2 dg Bgdg | gbag fdde | =f2 cf Afcf | =fedc AG^FD |
Gggf gfdc | Bcde fdcd | gfde fdcA | [1BGAF DGBd | [2 BGAF G4||
X: 2
T: The Whistler Of Rosslea
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GABc (3dcB (3cBA | "*"=fdcA BGGE | =FGAB c2Bc | (3dcB (3cBA BGAF |
GBAc Bdce | dgfagfdc | (3Bcd =fdc2 A^F |1 G2AF DGGF :|2 G2AF DGG2 |
|:g2dg Bgdg | gbag fdde | =f2cf Afcf | =fedc AG"*"=FA | Gggf gfdc |
Bcde fdcd | gfde "*"=fdcA |1 GBAF DGG2 :|2 GBAF DGGF ||
P: F natural notes marked with an asterisk were played sharp by Carty/Tully and J Burke.
"Last Time" GBAF !fermata!G2 |

Nine comments

Maybe somebody out there will know the name of this. I got it off a tape that just said jigs & reels.

This is the Whistler of Rosslea, a Reavy tune. It’s already here but this is the more usual key.


Oh, sorry about the duplication. I checked for these note combinations, but forgot to check other keys.
Thanks for the name, too.

The Kane sisters refer to this as The Whistler of Rosslea, rather than FROM Rosslea.

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John G. Walsh calls this tune Burke’s on his "Galway Rambler" album. Maybe he learned the tune from Joe Burke because he does play a few of Joe’s tunes/versions of tunes on the album.

Whistler Of Rosslea

X:2 as actually written out by Ed Reavy; I included marks where Paddy Carty and Conor Tully played F# instead. Joe Burke plays much the same setting on his recent instructional book/CD, and likely learned this second or first hand when he was in NYC. They dispense with a few of the legato triplets here and there too.

That Martin Hayes "setting"…ugh, no comment. Well, I guess this is a comment…

Re: The Whistler Of Rosslea

Mary Custy plays it on her album "Barr Tra" with Quentin Cooper and calls it "The Hidden Ground".