The Manchester reel

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Dunmore Lasses (a few times), The Castlebar Tramp (a few times) and Corn Riggs (a few times).

The Manchester has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Manchester
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emix
Beed cABG|AF~F2 DEFA|Beed cdBG|1 AFdF E2FA:|2 AFdF E3f||
eB~B2 egbg|fd~d2 fggf|eB~B2 egbg|fedf e3f|
eB~B2 egbg|fddc dfaf|eBBA GBdc|BGAF DEFA||

Four comments

The Manchester Reel

This is a reel I started playing about a year ago after coming across a transcription of it on the net whilst looking for tunes in my favourite key. I recently revisited the tune and discovered that my version has changed considerably over time and become smoothed out and more Irish-sounding. I reckoned it was time I posted it so that other people can have some fun with it. It’s a nice simple tune don’t you think?

Apparently it’s an American tune by someone called Zeke Backus, so I assume that the title refers to the Manchester in New Hampshire.

Manchester Reel in Bmin

Its a nice tune, too when all the Gsharp are played as G, with the exception of the second bar in the second part where a F# sliding into a long G# (3/8) can help to keep whistler happy to stay with almost no strange fingerings.
Character goes then to Bmin slightly B dorian ???

Nice tune. Maybe I’m all wet, but when I read through it imagining G naturals instead of G sharps, it reminded me a lot of "Ships are Sailing".