The Irish American reel

Also known as Deirdre Shannon’s, Irish-American, The Narrowback, Reel Des Moissonneurs.

There are 16 recordings of this tune.

The Irish American appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Irish American has been added to 1 tune set.

The Irish American has been added to 41 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Irish American
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|:c2|fage fcaf|bgeg fdcB|AFcF dFcF|A(G{A}G^F) G2 (3cde|
fage fcaf|bgeg fdcB|ABcd efga|bgeg f2:|
|:fg|afcf Acfg|afcf Acfa|bag^f ~g3 =f|egfd cefg|
afcf Acfg|afbg ecde|fcdB cABG|~F3 G F2:|
# Added by edl .
X: 2
T: The Irish American
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2|dfec dAfd|gece dBAG|FDAD BDAD|F(E{F}E^D) E2 (3ABc|
dfec dAfd|gece dBAG|FGAB cdef|gece d2:|
|:de|fdAd FAde|fdAd FAdf|gfe^d ~e3 =d|cedB Acde|
fdAd FAde|fdge cABc|dABG AFGE|~D3 E D2:|
X: 3
T: The Irish American
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
de|fage fcae|bgeg fdcB|AFcF dFcF|AGG^F G2de|!
fage fcaf|bgeg fdcB|ABcd efga|bgeg f2:|!
|:fg|afcf Acfg|afcf Acfa|bag^f gdg=f|egfd c2fg|!
afcf Acfg|afbg ecde|fcdB cABG|AFGE F2:|!

Nine comments

This is fairly close to the version in Cole/Ryan’s.

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Reel des Moissonneurs Alternate Title

I was puzzled by the suggestion that Irish American Reel had Reel des Moissonneurs as an alternate title. The version of Reel des Moissonneurs recorded by Québécois fiddler Joseph Allard in 1942 is a quite different tune. I have posted the tune that Allard (and Philippe Bruneau) play under the title as a different tune:

I now know, however, why the title, Reel des Moissonneurs, is a legitimate alternative title for Irish American Reel. In 1936, accordionist Tommy Duschene recorded a tune which was labeled on the record as Reel des Moissonneurs but what he played was the tune displayed here as Irish American Reel. The good folks at the Milne Special Collection at the University of New Hampshire were kind enough to pull Duschene’s 78 from their collection, record it and send me an mp3 and I can confirm that Duschene did indeed record Irish American Reel and call it Reel des Moissonneurs.

It seems curious that in the space of six years, two Québécois musicians who probably knew each other used the same title to record two different tunes in the space of only six years - but it happened.

I think the tune using the title Irish American Reel can be traced back to Ryan’s Mammoth Collection published in 1883.

The Irish American, X:2

Heard this recently in D major, so figured I’d put up a transposed version.


On the Shane Cook album

Re: The Irish American

I see that someone has added the alternative title "The Narrowback". Apparently this was the name given to this tune by fiddler Larry Redican.

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Re: The Irish American

That’s the name of it on the second Solas album "Sunny spells and scattered showers".

Re: The Irish American

I notice there is a separate thesession entry for ‘Irish-American’, which is the same tune, though in Fmaj. So I update the alias list. I leave it to somebody else to delete the duplicate entry named ‘Irish-American’.
There are two additional significant album recordings of this snappy marvelous hornpipey tune:
1) Joe Burke, Andy McGann & Felix Dolan - The Funny Reel
2) Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra · Dudley Laufman

Re: Irish-American

This should be removed, because it is an alias of ‘Irish American’.

Re: The Irish American

I stand corrected ‘Joe Burke, Andy McGann & Felix Dolan - The Funny Reel’ has already been listed. ‘Canterbury Country Dance Orchestra · Dudley Laufman’ is the new additional recording, which I just added.