Little Katie Kearney reel

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Little Katie Kearney has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Little Katie Kearney
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
ed|:cAAG EAAB|cBcd efed|cAAG EAAc|dBGB d2 ed:|
~c3 d efed|cAcd eaae|[c2e2] cd efge|dBGB d2 ed|
[c2e2] cd efed|cAce a2 e/f/g|afbg afge|dBGB d2 ed|
# Added .
X: 2
T: Little Katie Kearney
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
ed|:c/2A3/2AG E/2A3/2AB|c/2A3/2Ae a^gae|c/2A3/2AG E/2A3/2Ac|BAGB dged:|
~=c2c2 gedB|=cBAg aged|=c2 cd efge|dBGB dged|
~=c2c2 gedB|=cBAg a2 ga|(3bag (3agf gage|dBGB (3fga ed|
X: 3
T: Little Katie Kearney
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ed|:cA~AG EAAB|~cBcd (3efg ed|cA~AG EG (3GFG |dBGB d2 ed|
cA~AG EAAB|~cBcd (3efg ed|(3cBA (3BAG DG(3GFG|dBGB d2 dB|
~cBcd eged|cBce a4|cBcd (3efg fe|dBGB d2 dB|
~c~c/2 B/2 cd (3efg ed|cBce a2 ~ab|(3c'ba (3bag af (3gfe|dBGB d2 ed|
# Added by KJM .

Twelve comments

Little Katie Kearney

This tune is in O’Neill’s (both the original and Krassen’s edition), but the setting posted here is a bit different, aiming to stay truer to a Northern style. And I’ve been pairing it with The Watchmaker (very similar A part but in A dorian, an interesting change).

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Lovely tune! Thanks for posting it, Will.

Thanks H, except it’s obviously a fiddle setting. I should’ve included a more flute/whistle-friendly setting as well. I suppose you could simply play "cBc" in the B part, in place of the c roll and [c2e2] doublestops.

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So, where did you get it, Will?

It’s my own setting, after scanning both O’Neill’s sparked a fuzzy memory of hearing this played by, I think, Altan.

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Isn’t this recorded by Altan somewhere?
When playing it with Cnat instaed of C# it looses all its northern touch - and it is ainteresting tune, too.

Boxty ?

I don’t think “Altan” did ever record this. The reel you’re thinking about is “The Three Scones Of Boxty” [ or Baxty”]. The 2 tunes are very similar.

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…. or not ?

……..then again, it might be “The Monaghan Twig” I,m thinking about. One of them has similarities to this. I also seem to remember that John Skelton recorded this in 2 different keys, I think G and then up to A. A nice tune in its’ simplicity - thanks, Will.

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Highland version

Hi,

This seems to be a reel version of a popular highland. Here’s a highland version

X: 1
T: ?
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: highland
K: Amix
ed|:c/2A3/2AG E/2A3/2AB|c/2A3/2Ae a^gae|c/2A3/2AG E/2A3/2Ac|BAGB dged:|
~=c2c2 gedB|=cBAg aged|=c2 cd efge|dBGB dged|
~=c2c2 gedB|=cBAg a2 ga|(3bag (3agf gage|dBGB (3fga ed|

Jim

Little Katie Kearney, X:3

An interesting setting of this tune from Leo Rowsome. It’s in the Leo Rowsome Collection of Irish Music and a snippet of a recording of Leo playing it can be heard in the following documentary at around 14:15, after Paddy Maloney finishes speaking.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eqzs7m3JS7c

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Re: Little Katie Kearney

Another widespread tune. It’s played in Scotland as a Strathspey called "Alasdair MacAlister".

Altan did indeed record it on their 1989 album Horse with a Heart, as "Con Cassidy’s Highland" and there are two other Donegal settings in The Northern Fiddler (1979): an untitled Highland from Con Cassidy, and as "The Canamine Highland" from Simon Doherty. There are also echoes of the tune in "The Green Cottage Polka" - although if it is related, it’s distantly.