Lad O’Beirne’s reel

Also known as Lad O Beirnes, Lad O’ Byrne’s, Lad O’Beirn’s, Lad O’Beirne’s, Lad O’Bierne’s, Lad O’Byrne’s, Lad O’Byrnes, Ladd O’Beirne’s Favourite.

There are 86 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Belles Of Tipperary (a few times), McDermott’s (a few times), The New Century (a few times), Dublin Porter (a few times) and The Foxhunter’s (a few times).

Lad O’Beirne’s has been added to 26 tune sets.

Lad O'Beirne's has been added to 384 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: DGGG DGBG | AB{c}BG AGEG | DGGF G2Bd | egdg edge |
dBBB dBGB | cEEE GEDE | DEGA BABc | dBAc BGG2 :|
|: d2Be d2Bd | ef{g}dg edge | dBBB dBGB | cEEE GFED2 |
Bdd^c d2ef | g2fa gedB | DEGA BABc | dBAc BGG2 :|
X: 2
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG~G2 DG~G2|AcBG AE~E2|DG~G2 DGBd|e2dg edge|
dB~B2 AE~E2|cE~E2 GEDB,|DEGA B2Bc|1 dBAc BGGE:|2 dBAc BGG2|
|:d2Be d2Bd|e2dg edge|dB~B2 dBGB|cE~E2 GED2|
Bd~d2 Bdef|g2fa gedB|DEGA B2Bc|dBAc BGG2:|
X: 3
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bd dB d2 e^f | g2 bg abge | dBB2 dBGB | cEE2 (3G^FE D2 |
Bd dB d2 e^f | g2 bg abg2 | DEGA BABc | dBAc BG G2 ||
X: 4
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGGF G2 BG|c2 BG AGEG|DGGF GABd|e/f/g dg edge|
dB ~B2 GBdB|cE ~E2 GEDB,|DEGA B2 eB|1dBAc BGGE:|2dBAc BGGA|
|:Bdd^c d2 ef|g2 bg abge|dB ~B2 GBdB|cE ~E2 GEDB,|
B/^c/d dc d2 ef|g2 bg abge|DEGA B2 eB|dBAc BGGA:|
X: 5
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG G2 DGBG | BcBG AGEG | DGGF GABd | (3efg dg edge |
dB B2 GBdB | cE E2 GE D2 | DEGA B2 eB | dBAc BG G2 :||
|:Bdd^c d2 ef | g2 fg efge | dB B2 GBdB | cE E2 GE D2 |
Bdd^c d2 ef | g2 fg efge | DEGA B2 eB | dBAc BG G2 :||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DG~G2 DGBG | AdBA AGEG | DGGF GABd | egdg edge |
dB~B2 dBGE | cE~E2 GEDB, | DEGA ~B2 Bc |[1 dBAd BAGE :|[2 dBAc BAGA||
Bdd^c ~d2Bd | egdg edge | dB~B2 dBGE | cE~E2 GEDd |
Bdd^c ~d2ef | ~g2gf gedB | DEGA BABc |[1 dBAd BAGA :|[2 dBAd BAGE|]
X: 7
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG~G2 DGBG|AcBG AGEG |DG~G2 DG (3Bcd|egfg edge|
dB~B2 GBAc|cE~E2 GEDB,|DEGA B3c|1 dBAc BGGE:|2 dBAc BGG2|
|:d3c d2 (3Bcd|edgd edge|dB~B2 GBAB|cE~E2 GED2|
Bddc d2ef|~g2fa gedB|DEGA B2eB|dBAc BGG2:|
X: 8
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGGF G2BG | (3ABc BG AGEG | DGGF GABd | egdg edge |
dB B2 GBdB | cE E2 GEDB, | DEGA B2 eB |1 dBAc BG GE :|2 dBAc BG GA|
|:Bdd^c d2 ef | g2 bg abge | dB B2 GBdB | cE E2 GE DB, |
Bdd^c d2 ef | g2 bg abge | DEGA B2 eB | dBAc BG G2 :||
X: 9
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: DG ~G2 DGBG | AcBG AGEG | DG ~G2 DGBd | egdg edge |
dB ~B2 GBdB | cE ~E2 GE D2 | DEGA BABc | dBAc BG ~G2 :||
|: Bd-dB d2 Bd| egdg edge |dB ~B2 GBdB | cE~ E2 GED2 |
Bd ~d2 Bdef | (3gag fa gedB |DEGA BABc | dBAc BG ~G2:|]

Twenty-one comments

Bar two trouble

bar two of a and b parts have a weirdness. Is there meant to be a triplet in there?
-jon kiparsky

Reply to Bar two trouble

Hmmm…yes, there DOES seem to be a problem there. Yes, there is supposed to be a grace note in there, the second note in each group, to be exact. Thank you for the notification.

Lad O’Beirne’s

Source: Cherish the Ladies_Irish Women Musicians in America
Transcription: g.m.p.

|:DG~G2 DG~G2|AcBG AE~E2|DG~G2 DGBd|e2dg edge|
dB~B2 AE~E2|cE~E2 GEDB,|DEGA B2Bc|1 dBAc BGGE:|2 dBAc BGG2|
|:d2Be d2Bd|e2dg edge|dB~B2 dBGB|cE~E2 GED2|
Bd~d2 Bdef|g2fa gedB|DEGA B2Bc|dBAc BGG2:|

Is it me…

or is this a different "lad o’beirne’s" than the one sharon shannon and patrick street do? I’d REALLY love to learn that one, it’s a gorgeous reel!

Sorry…

Apologies - got confused about which recording we’re talking about. Jeff is right.
Too many tunes called "Lad O’Beirne’s" [ but they’re all good ones . ]

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Lad O’Beirn’s (sic)

This is the tune that is spelt Lad O’Beirn’s on the Inishbofin Ceili Band album. I had posted it as spelt on the CD cover and wondered why there wasn’t a hyperlink - not sure whether this counts as an alternate name or should I change the track listing to suit.
It probably helps to distinguish it from the other tunes of the same name though!

Cferrie…
It’s best to leave track listings for CDs as written on the CD cover, and add alternate names in the tunes database for those tunes that are listed in the database with a different spelling. I’ve added "Lad O’Beirn’s" as an alternate name, and now you’ll find the hyperlink is established for the recording by the Inishbofin Ceili Band.
Cheers

Different key

I learned this one in A from Eleanor Neary and Liz Carroll at a living room session.

Second part variation

This tune sounds great on the Pure Bodhran CD played by Nollaig Casey on fiddle (first tune on the first track). There’s a different second section though, which I prefer as it incorporates more of the high b which makes a nice contrast to the first part. Here’s the second section as it’s played on the CD - the first part is the same as what’s already posted:
X:1
T: Lad ‘o’ Beirne’s, second section only
M:4/4
L:1/8
R: reel
K:G
Bd dB d2 e^f | g2 bg abge | dBB2 dBGB | cEE2 (3G^FE D2 | Bd dB d2 e^f | g2 bg abg2 | DEGA BABc | dBAc BG G2 ||

Lad O’Beirne’s (Reel in G)

A little background I’vew found about Lad O’Beirne (1911-1980). He was born in Co. Sligo and emigrated to the USA in 1928 where he became established in the New York musical scene. His style, like Michael Coleman’s, was a distinctive New York-Sligo style exemplified not only by him and Coleman but also by James Morrison and Paddy Killoran. Lad O’Beirne did not make any commercial recordings, unlike most of his contemporaries (although a few private recordings of his playing are believed to have been made), but for all that his playing was just as influential as that of the others. Ed Reavy was sufficiently impressed to compose and name a hornpipe after Lad O’Beirne. Today, there is a significant number of tunes with "Lad O’Beirne" in the title.

I have a 1977 vinyl LP, "Paddy Killoran’s Back In Town" (Shanachie 33003), a compilation of 78s recorded by Paddy Killoran in the ’30s. On the record sleeve the producer thanks a number of people, including Lad O’Beirne, who would have been aged about 66 then, for their assistance in providing background information about Paddy Killoran and his justly famous New York band The Pride of Erin Orchestra. I wonder if O’Beirne played in that band; I don’t know. The record sleeve also has a group photograph of Paddy Killoran with family and friends, taken c.1938, presumably at a social function or party. In the back row you can see Lad O’Beirne, a young man of about 27, of medium height and build, with thick dark hair, and wearing glasses.

Lad O’Beirne recordings

You can hear a few solo recordings of Lad at comhaltasarchives.org, also a good few duets with another fiddler, Louis Quinn, who did play in the Killoran orchestra, IIRC. Also duets of Louis and Ed Reavy. These are all homemade acetate recordings and thus murky and/or scratchy so don’t expect hi-fi but they do show that Lad was a great musician. John Carty as I recall thinks he’s the best of the old Sligo fiddlers.

Lad and Louis also did make a commercial recording in the 1930s, which may be heard on the compilation Milestone at the Garden, along with two more of their home recordings.

Lad O’Beirne’s recordings

Thank you for that info, Kevin.

Lad O’Bryne’s

I assume that this is one of the many tunes contributed to Sligo fiddler James "Lad" O’Beirne, a contemporary of Michael Coleman. It was learned from the playing of the late Jerry Holland off his "Fiddlesticks Collection" cassette. I am also assuming that the last name is misspelled.

Tremendous reel with nice places for triplets or rolls. For fiddlers it might be a challenge to jump from the high ‘e’ to the low ‘D’ at the beginning of the last phrase of the B part and also around that low ‘B,’ to the B/^c/d triplet at the start of the phrase before that. Get your bow going the right direction to hit them the easiest way for you and you should be alright. Funny how those jumps like that might give an indication of how those old boys used the bow.

Lad O’Beirne’s, X:6

Source: Maybe, Paddy Keenan.
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta

Lad O’Beirne’s, X:7

A version from a fiddler friend.

Lad O’Beirne’s, X:8

I was taught this version by a piano accordion player from South Donegal whose name has slipped my mind. Maybe someone on here will know him. He lived near Finner Camp barracks between Bundoran and Ballyshannon and was a tutor on a trad music FAS course I attended for a few months in Bundoran, sometime around 1995 I think.