Lose The Head reel

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Lose The Head has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Lose The Head
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3Bcd eg ~f2~f2|g2gf gfed|(3Bcd eg fa~a2|1 gfeg fedA:|2 gfeg fedf||
|:a2^ga ~f2~f2|agfa gb~b2|a2^ga ~f2~f2|1 gfeg fedf:|2 gfeg fede||
|:fedf edce|dBcd cA~A2|BAGB AF~F2|1 EFGE FEDe:|2 EFGE FEDA||
2
X: 2
T: Lose The Head
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Bdeg f2ed|Aggf ~g3e|(3Bcd eg ef~f2|1 g2eg fedA:|2 g2eg fedf||
|:a2^ga ~f2~f2|afdf g2fg|a2^ga ~f2~f2|1 g2eg fedf:|2 g2eg fede||
|:fedf fece|dBBA ~c3A|BAGB BAFD|1 EFGE FEDe:|2 EFGE FEDA||
3
X: 3
T: Lose The Head
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3Bcd eg ~f3a|~g3f gfed|(3Bcd eg ~f3a|~g3e fedz:|
|:a2^ga ~f3z|agfa gb~b2|ba^ga fzaf|~g3e fedg:|
|:fedf edce|dc (3Bcd cBAc|BAGB AGFG|1 EF (3GFE FEDz:|2 EF (3GFE FEDA||
DFAd ~f3B|eGBg gfed|FAde faaf|gbeg fedz||
dfa^g =gafg|adfa gb~b2|ba^ga fzaf|gBeg fedf||
fafa eaec|dcdB cAcA|BdBd AdAd|~G3E FEDz||

Five comments

Got this tune from a recording of a session. A flute player and visiting fiddler both knew the tune but when I asked the name all they said was that there was that the source was Garry Shannon. Does anyone know what album it’s come from and can tell me the correct title? The transcription is of the flute player’s setting. The fiddler’s setting was slightly different:

X: 1
T: Garry Shannon’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
Bdeg f2ed|Aggf ~g3e|(3Bcd eg ef~f2|1 g2eg fedA:|2 g2eg fedf||
|:a2^ga ~f2~f2|afdf g2fg|a2^ga ~f2~f2|1 g2eg fedf:|2 g2eg fede||
|:fedf fece|dBBA ~c3A|BAGB BAFD|1 EFGE FEDe:|2 EFGE FEDA||

Two years later…

Two years later, here’s the story. Gary calls the tune "Lose the Head." It’s the 3rd. tune in the1st. medley on his first album, "Lose the Head."
It is also the 3rd. tune in a medley played by the great Breton flautist, Michel Bonamy, on a mid-80s Ceili Bandits tape. The only name I have for the medly is "Tricia Shannon’s/Jerry Doyle’s." I don’t know to which tunes this refers, but I assume it is to the first two in the medley, since Michel would know that the 3rd is probably Gary Shannon’s composition.

Lose The Head

Cocusflute, thanks for the info. On his homepage @ http://www.irish-flute.com/irish-flute/asp/page.asp?p=17, Garry says "I know absolutely nothing about Lose The Head. It caught my ear among a rake of other reels recorded at some mad session Milltown" which suggests that it’s not his composition. I wonder if it’s Michel Bonamy’s…

Lose The Head

Over 3 years later and I finally get to hear it on the recording:

X: 1
T: Lose The Head
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
S: Garry Shannon
K: Dmaj
(3Bcd eg ~f3a|~g3f gfed|(3Bcd eg ~f3a|~g3e fedz:|
|:a2^ga ~f3z|agfa gb~b2|ba^ga fzaf|~g3e fedg:|
|:fedf edce|dc (3Bcd cBAc|BAGB AGFG|1 EF (3GFE FEDz:|2 EF (3GFE FEDA||

Examples of some of his funky variations are as follows

A-part: |DFAd ~f3B|eGBg gfed|FAde faaf|gbeg fedz||
B-part: |dfa^g =gafg|adfa gb~b2|ba^ga fzaf|gBeg fedf||
C-part: |fafa eaec|dcdB cAcA|BdBd AdAd|~G3E FEDz||

Commonalty

I’m pretty sure this is a track on the eponymous Commonalty recording featuring Joanne and Paul McSherry, Davy Maguire and Milo Crossan. It came out in 1989.
Davy, the flute player, makes frequent trips to Brittany so maybe he got it from Michel or vice versa.