The Blacksmith’s reel

Also known as The Blacksmith’s Daughter, The Blacksmith, The Blacksmiths, Ril An Ghabha.

There are 49 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Star Of Munster (a few times).

The Blacksmith's has been added to 112 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Blacksmith's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dB B2 dBGB | dB B2 ABcA | dB B2 dBGB | cABG ABcA :|
G2 BG DGBG | G2 BG ABcA | G2 BG DGBG | cABG ABcA :|
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The Blacksmith's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 GG DGBG | G2 Bd cAFA | G2 GG DGBG | AFDF ABcA |
Gz G2 DGBG | G2 Bd cAFA | d2 cA BGAF | DEED Acdc :|
d2 B2 dBGB | dB B2 deed | dB B2 dBGB | AFDF ABcA |
d2 B2 dBGB | dB B2 deed | d2 cA BGAF | DEED ABcA :|
X: 3
T: The Blacksmith's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
GE E/E/E GEcE | GEEG DEFA | GE E2 GECE | F2 EF DE F/G/A |
GE E2 GEcE | E2 GE DEFD | GE E2 GECE | F/F/F EF DFED ||
C2 EC G,CEC | C/C/C EC B,CDB, | CDEC G,CEC | F/F/F EF DFED |
C2 EC G,CEC | C/C/C EC B,CDB, | C2 EC G,CEC | F2 EF DE F/E/D |]
GE E/E/E GEcE | GEEE DEFD | GE E/E/E GECE | F2 EF DEFD |
GE E2 GEcE | GEEG DEFD | G3 ^F GECE | F/F/F EF DFED ||
C2 EC G,CEC | C/C/C EC B,CDB, | CDEC G,CEC | F/F/F EF DFED |
C2 EC G,CEC | C/C/C EC B,CDB, | C2 CC CEEE | F/F/F EF DEFD |]
GE E2 GEcE | GEEc DEFD | G3 ^F GECE | F2 EF DEFD |
GE E/E/E GEcE | dEcE BEAE | GE E/E/E GECE | F/F/F EF DFED ||
C3 E G,C C/C/C | C/C/C EC B,CDB, | C2 CE G,CCC | F/F/F EF DFED |
C3 C G,C C/C/C | C2 CC B,3 D | C2 CC G,CCC | F/F/F EF DEFD || G8 |]
X: 4
T: The Blacksmith's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB B/B/B dBGB | dBBd ABce | dB B2 dBGB | c2 Bc AB c/B/A |
dB B2 dBGB | B2 dB ABcA | dB B2 dBGB | c/c/c Bc AcBA ||
G2 BG DGBG | G/G/G BG FGAF | GABG DGBG | c/c/c Bc AcBA |
G2 BG DGBG | G/G/G BG FGAF | G2 BG DGBG | c2 Bc AB c/B/A |]
dB B/B/B dBGB | dBBB ABcA | dB B/B/B dBGB | c2 Bc ABcA |
dB B2 dBGB | dBBd ABcA | d3 ^c dBGB | c/c/c Bc AcBA ||
G2 BG DGBG | G/G/G BG FGAF | GABG DGBG | c/c/c Bc AcBA |
G2 BG DGBG | G/G/G BG FGAF | G2 GG GBBB | c/c/c Bc ABcA |]
dB B2 dBgB | dBBg ABcA | d3 ^c dBGB | c2 Bc ABcA |
dB B/B/B dBgB | aBgB fBeB | dB B/B/B dBGB | c/c/c Bc AcBA ||
G3 B DG G/G/G | G/G/G BG FGAF | G2 GB DGGG | c/c/c Bc AcBA |
G3 G DG G/G/G | G2 GG F3 A | G2 GG DGGG | c/c/c Bc ABcA | d8 |]
AF F/F/F AFdF | AFFA EFGB | AF F2 AFDF | G2 FG EF G/F/E |
AF F2 AFdF | F2 AF EFGE | AF F2 AFDF | G/G/G FG EGFE ||
D2 FD A,DFD | D/D/D FD CDEC | DEFD A,DFD | G/G/G FG EGFE |
D2 FD A,DFD | D/D/D FD CDEC | D2 FD A,DFD | G2 FG EF G/F/E |]
AF F/F/F AFdF | AFFF EFGE | AF F/F/F AFDF | G2 FG EFGE |
AF F2 AFdF | AFFA EFGE | A3 ^G AFDF | G/G/G FG EGFE ||
D2 FD A,DFD | D/D/D FD CDEC | DEFD A,DFD | G/G/G FG EGFE |
D2 FD A,DFD | D/D/D FD CDEC | D2 DD DFFF | G/G/G FG EFGE |]
AF F2 AFdF | AFFd EFGE | A3 ^G AFDF | G2 FG EFGE |
AF F/F/F AFdF | eFdF cFBF | AF F/F/F AFDF | G/G/G FG EGFE ||
D3 F A,D D/D/D | D/D/D FD CDEC | D2 DF A,DDD | G/G/G FG EGFE |
D3 D A,D D/D/D | D2 DD C3 E | D2 DD A,DDD | G/G/G FG EFGE | A8 |]
X: 5
T: The Blacksmith's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dB B2 dBGB | dB B2 ABcA | dB B2 dBGB | cABG ABcA |
dB B2 dBGB | dB B2 ABcA | dB B2 dBGB | cABG ABcA ||
|:G2 BG DGBG | G2 Bd cAFA | G2 BG DGBG | cABG ABcA |
G2 BG DGBG | G2 Bd cAFA | GBDG BDGB | cABG ABcA||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Blacksmith's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:ec c2 ecAc | ec c2 BcdB | ec c2 ecAc | dBcA BcdB |
ec c2 ecAc | ec c2 BcdB | ec c2 ecAc | dBcA BcdB ||
|:A2 cA EAcA | A2 ce dBGB | A2 cA EAcA | dBcA BcdB |
A2 cA EAcA | A2 ce dBGB | AcEA cEAc | dBcA BcdB||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: The Blacksmith's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:af f2 afdf | af f2 efge | af f2 afdf | gefd efge |
af f2 afdf | af f2 efge | af f2 afdf | gefd efge ||
|:d2 fd Adfd | d2 fa gece | d2 fd Adfd | gefd efge |
d2 fd Adfd | d2 fa gece | dfAd fAdf | gefd efge||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: The Blacksmith's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
D3 E || F2 CF A,FCF | FEFG EFGE | F2 CF A,FCF | AdcB AFGE |
F2 CF A,FCF | FEFG EFGE | F2 CF A,FCF | AdcB AFAB ||
c/c/c cd cAFA | c/c/c dc BAGB | AF F/F/F FGAc | cdcB AGFG |
Acc=B cAFA | c/c/c dc BAGA | Bcdc BAGF | EFGF ECDE |]

Fourteen comments

“Blacksmith’s”

A simple reel, which I first heard played by the Cork trio “Na Fili” on John Peel’s late night programme sometime in the early 70s.
[ I haven’t listened to him in years, but at that time he was having people such as “Na Fili”, the “Chieftains”, “Planxty”, “Boys Of The Lough” , the JSD Band , the Fureys , and even John Doonan as guests on his programme – on Radio 1, albeit ,in a late night spot. A few years ago, he gave over half of his programme to a live set from Sharon Shannon. Peel’s one of the good guys. ]
“The Blacksmith’s” I would say was made popular in Scotland at that time by Tony Cuffe, who recorded it solo, and also with the group “Alba".

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I like this tune and I don’t know why. I love the way it doesn’t go anywhere. It just keeps going cyclically back into itself. It’d make a good middle tune in a set of 3, maybe with 2 tunes that use a wider pitch range.

Matt Cranitch’s

This feature’s on an album from the Temple House Céilí Band: Music for Sets Vol. 1. They call it Matt Cranitch’s.

London Bridge/The Blacksmith’s

I’ve been enjoying listening to Micho Russell’s "Traditional Irish Music From County Clare". One tune which has taken my fancy is "London Bridge":

X:1
T:London Bridge
S:Micho Russell
Z:Nigel Gatherer
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
G2 GG DGBG | G2 Bd cAFA | G2 GG DGBG | AFDF ABcA |
Gz G2 DGBG | G2 Bd cAFA | d2 cA BGAF | DEED Acdc :|
d2 B2 dBGB | dB B2 deed | dB B2 dBGB | AFDF ABcA |
d2 B2 dBGB | dB B2 deed | d2 cA BGAF | DEED ABcA :|

Having studied the tunes in the database, this would appear to be related to "The Blacksmith’s Reel" although there are significant differences. I’m not sure whether to keep this tune here with its alternative title, or whether it should be entered as a tune on its own. Any opinions?

“The Blacksmith’s Reel” ~ a rough quick catch of Jim McAuley’s U-Tube

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U-Tube ~ fiddle4u / Jim McAuley
http://uk.youtube.com/fiddle4u

"The Blacksmith’s Reel" ~ C Major
http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=w1OMjttWgfQ


X: 3
T: The Blacksmith
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: C Major
GE E/E/E GEcE | GEEG DEFA | GE E2 GECE | F2 EF DE F/G/A |
GE E2 GEcE | E2 GE DEFD | GE E2 GECE | F/F/F EF DFED ||
C2 EC G,CEC | C/C/C EC B,CDB, | CDEC G,CEC | F/F/F EF DFED |
C2 EC G,CEC | C/C/C EC B,CDB, | C2 EC G,CEC | F2 EF DE F/E/D |]

GE E/E/E GEcE | GEEE DEFD | GE E/E/E GECE | F2 EF DEFD |
GE E2 GEcE | GEEG DEFD | G3 ^F GECE | F/F/F EF DFED ||
C2 EC G,CEC | C/C/C EC B,CDB, | CDEC G,CEC | F/F/F EF DFED |
C2 EC G,CEC | C/C/C EC B,CDB, | C2 CC CEEE | F/F/F EF DEFD |]

GE E2 GEcE | GEEc DEFD | G3 ^F GECE | F2 EF DEFD |
GE E/E/E GEcE | dEcE BEAE | GE E/E/E GECE | F/F/F EF DFED ||
C3 E G,C C/C/C | C/C/C EC B,CDB, | C2 CE G,CCC | F/F/F EF DFED |
C3 C G,C C/C/C | C2 CC B,3 D | C2 CC G,CCC | F/F/F EF DEFD || G8 |]

“The Blacksmith’s Reel” ~ Jim McAuley’s comment from the podcast

I got this reel off a young Shane McAleer, fiddler, and his brother, County Tyrone, at a Ballycastle fleadh, County Antrim, many years ago. Yes, it was played down in C Major at the time… Jim

“The Blacksmith’s Reel” ~ Jim McAuley’s take transposed from C to G

No, I know, it’s not perfect, but it is an attempt to get an approximate representation from the U-Tube podcast. Here is a straight transposition of the above for comparison with the usual, the key of G…

X: 4
T: The Blacksmith’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: G Major
dB B/B/B dBGB | dBBd ABce | dB B2 dBGB | c2 Bc AB c/B/A |
dB B2 dBGB | B2 dB ABcA | dB B2 dBGB | c/c/c Bc AcBA ||
G2 BG DGBG | G/G/G BG FGAF | GABG DGBG | c/c/c Bc AcBA |
G2 BG DGBG | G/G/G BG FGAF | G2 BG DGBG | c2 Bc AB c/B/A |]

dB B/B/B dBGB | dBBB ABcA | dB B/B/B dBGB | c2 Bc ABcA |
dB B2 dBGB | dBBd ABcA | d3 ^c dBGB | c/c/c Bc AcBA ||
G2 BG DGBG | G/G/G BG FGAF | GABG DGBG | c/c/c Bc AcBA |
G2 BG DGBG | G/G/G BG FGAF | G2 GG GBBB | c/c/c Bc ABcA |]

dB B2 dBgB | dBBg ABcA | d3 ^c dBGB | c2 Bc ABcA |
dB B/B/B dBgB | aBgB fBeB | dB B/B/B dBGB | c/c/c Bc AcBA ||
G3 B DG G/G/G | G/G/G BG FGAF | G2 GB DGGG | c/c/c Bc AcBA |
G3 G DG G/G/G | G2 GG F3 A | G2 GG DGGG | c/c/c Bc ABcA | d8 |]

& here it is in D too ~

X: 5
T: The Blacksmith
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: D Major
AF F/F/F AFdF | AFFA EFGB | AF F2 AFDF | G2 FG EF G/F/E |
AF F2 AFdF | F2 AF EFGE | AF F2 AFDF | G/G/G FG EGFE ||
D2 FD A,DFD | D/D/D FD CDEC | DEFD A,DFD | G/G/G FG EGFE |
D2 FD A,DFD | D/D/D FD CDEC | D2 FD A,DFD | G2 FG EF G/F/E |]

AF F/F/F AFdF | AFFF EFGE | AF F/F/F AFDF | G2 FG EFGE |
AF F2 AFdF | AFFA EFGE | A3 ^G AFDF | G/G/G FG EGFE ||
D2 FD A,DFD | D/D/D FD CDEC | DEFD A,DFD | G/G/G FG EGFE |
D2 FD A,DFD | D/D/D FD CDEC | D2 DD DFFF | G/G/G FG EFGE |]

AF F2 AFdF | AFFd EFGE | A3 ^G AFDF | G2 FG EFGE |
AF F/F/F AFdF | eFdF cFBF | AF F/F/F AFDF | G/G/G FG EGFE ||
D3 F A,D D/D/D | D/D/D FD CDEC | D2 DF A,DDD | G/G/G FG EGFE |
D3 D A,D D/D/D | D2 DD C3 E | D2 DD A,DDD | G/G/G FG EFGE | A8 |]

“The Blacksmith”

Also recorded as "The Blacksmith" on NicGaviskey’s "Home Away From Home"

The Blacksmith’s, X:8

I’ve submitted a setting by fiddler Aidan O’Rourke from Tabache’s album ‘Waves of Rush’ (1999) because it appears so different from the other settings; so much so in fact that I’m not 100% sure it’s the same tune. However, the feel of it matches the others, and there are lots of similarities so it does seem a variant at least.

Re: The Blacksmith’s

That’s not a "setting", Nigel, it’s a totally different tune, and should be removed from here. I just had a listen to the tune you’ve posted on "iTunes", and it sounds to me as if it’s a version of another tune which I think I posted here a while ago. Watch this space.

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Re: The Blacksmith’s

Cor blimey!!!!!!! (I’ve even contributed to the comments for this tune above and didn’t notice it! I think I’m losing my memory if not my mind…)

Thanks, Kenny.

Re: The Blacksmith’s

(Although I didn’t post any YouTube videos, Kenny.)