Twilight In Portroe reel

By Sean Ryan

Also known as The Countryman’s, The Dawn, Michael Reilly’s, Sean Ryan’s Dream.

There are 25 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Twilight In Portroe appears in 1 other tune collection.

Twilight In Portroe has been added to 24 tune sets.

Twilight In Portroe has been added to 137 tunebooks.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: Twilight In Portroe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A,2CE DEFD|E2GB ABcA|df~f2 edcA|BAcA BAFE|
A,2CE DEFD|E2GB ABcA|df~f2 edcA|1 B2AB cAA2:|2 B2AB cAAB||
|:c2ec fcec|ABcA BAFA|~E3F ABcA|defg aefe|
c2ec fcec|ABcA BAFA|~E3F ABcA|1 dfed cAAB:|2 dfed cAA2||
2
X: 2
T: Twilight In Portroe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2FA G2Bd|A2ce d2fd|edfd gdfd|egfe dBAF|
D2FA G2Bd|A2ce defg|a2af c'bag|1 fgef d2AF:|2 fgef d3A||
d2dA BAFA|B2ec dcBA|(3ABA eA fAeA|dfAd fABc|
d2dA BAFA|B2ec dcBA|(3ABA eA fdAG|FGEF D3A|
d2dA BAFA|B2ec dcBA|(3ABA eA fA eA|dfAd fgbc'|
d'2c'd' bc'ab|gafg efde|cd Bc ABGA|FGEF D4||
3
X: 3
T: Twilight In Portroe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:A,2CE D2FA|E2GB A2ce|(3ddd df ecAc|(3BBB AB cAFD|
A,2CE D2FA|E2GB A2ce|(3ddd df ecAc|(3BBB AB cAAB:|
|:c2 ec fcec|AAcA BAFA|EFAB cAce|fefg afed|
c2 ec fcec|AAcA BAFA|EFAB cAce|fefg a4:|
4
X: 4
T: Twilight In Portroe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:A,2CE D2FA|E2GB A2ce|(3ddd df ecAc|(3BBB AB cAFD|
A,2CE D2FA|E2GB A2ce|(3ddd df ecAc|(3BBB AB cAAB:|
|:c2 ec fcec|AAcA BAFA|EFAB cAce|fefg afed|
c2 ec fcec|AAcA BAFA|EFAB cAce|fefg a4:|
5
X: 5
T: Twilight In Portroe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|A,2CE DEFD|EFGB ABcA|dfaf edcA|B2cB BAFE|
A,2CE DEFD|EFGB ABcA|dfaf edcA|1 BcAB cAAE:|2 BcAB cfed||
cAeA fAec|ABcA BcAF|E2EF ABcA|defg afed|
c2ec fcec|ABcA B2AF|E2EF ABcA|1 dfed cfed:|2 dfed cAFE||
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6
X: 6
T: Twilight In Portroe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:A,2CE D2FD|E2GB A2Ac|dff2 edcA|B2cA BAFA|
A,2CE D2FD|E2GB A2Ac|dff2 edcA|1 BBAB cAA2:|2 BBAB cAAB||
|:c2ec fcec|A2Ac BAFA|E2EF Acec|defg a2ae|
c2ec fcec|A2Ac BAFA|E2EF Acec|1 dfed cAAB:|2 dfed cAA2||

Seventeen comments

Twilight In Portroe

A Sean Ryan tune that has often been mistaken for “The Dawn” https://thesession.org/tunes/167. Note that only the 1st two bars are similar, and then they diverge into completely different tunes. The B-parts do not resemble each other at all. I think the reason that this tune started getting called The Dawn is that De Danann mistakenly recorded it under that title on their album “The Mist-covered Mountain”, but there may well be earlier recordings of it with that title, I’m not sure. This transcription is based on the De Danann recording, but I first heard the tune played in a session in Cambridge (UK) played as The Dawn, and presumably learnt from the afore-mentioned album. I have a recording of that session on tape, and there is an amusing conversation afterwards along the lines of “that’s not the Dawn I know!” and “that’s not how so-and-so plays the Dawn - the B-part’s completely different!”.

I’ve already added “The Dawn” as an alternative name, so save yourself the effort of adding it again.

Alias Martin Reilly’s

See “Martin Reilly’s” - already posted in the key of “G”.

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Ah well spotted Kenny. Even my advanced search didn’t pick that up. But, “Martin Reilly’s”? ’,😏

Do you mean Michael Reilly’s?

I’ve seen the version in G called “Michael Reilly’s” several times, never “Martin Reilly’s”. It’s “Michael” on Music from the Coleman Country, The Mountain Road, and Trip to Sligo. It’s on Peter Horan and Fred Finn’s album as well – I don’t have liner notes for that but I’m guessing they also call it “Michael Reilly’s”.

Perhaps “Martin” comes from the fact Music from the Coleman Country paired the tune with one of Martin Wynne’s?

It’s a great tune, at any rate. Though having the low first notes makes it hard to get other people playing along with the tune on whistle….

BTW, I don’t know how these things usually working around here, but the “recordings of a tune by this name” thing is really misleading in this case, as some (most?) of those recordings are of the “real” “The Dawn”.

Also, we were just wondering the other day if Sean Ryan’s name might be a deliberate reference to the other tune – twilight versus dawn.

The Dawn (reel in D)

This version in D was brought to my attention recently in a session and doesn’t appear to be on this database. It appears to be sufficiently different to merit its own slot.

Hmm.. third octave notes… seems like my kind of thing…

The Dawn (reel in D)

Some fiddlers may feel concerned that this tune means they’ll have to shift up into the 4th position, and if they’ve never gone out of the 1st position - this tune is one of those very rare occasions in Irish fiddle music where you need to - then those high notes are naturally going to feel as inaccessible as the far side of the Moon.

This isn’t really the proper part of this forum to discuss technique, but I’ll just say that a few lessons with a teacher (maybe a classically-trained teacher) will show that getting up to the 4th position, staying there, and coming back down again really isn’t all that difficult.

An alternative for the fiddler is to play the tune in G, one string down. This will keep everything comfortably in the 1st position. Unfortunately, this will cause problems for those instruments that can’t reach below D or C, like the normal flute and most whistles …

Another dawn in A

the version i have;

X: 1
A version

T: The Dawn
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel

K:Amaj
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | (3ddd)df ecAc| (3BBB)AB cAFD|
A,2CE D2FA | E2GB A2ce | (3ddd)df ecAc| (3BBB)AB cAAB :|
c2 ec fcec | AAcA BAFA | EFAB cAce | fefg afed |
c2 ec fcec | AAcA BAFA | EFAB cAce | fefg a4 :|

simple, without ornaments, none of this fancy position shtuff, but a great setting .learnt from a friend.

The Dawn, X:5

This version is what I heard Kevin Griffin playing on “Across The Pond”.
It’s also known as “Twilight in Portroe”.

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