Grandpa Tommy’s Ceili Band reel

Also known as Grampa’s Ceili Band, Granpa’s Ceili Band, Mulhaire’s #4, Mulhaire’s No. 4.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Green Gates (a few times) and Mulhare’s (a few times).

Grandpa Tommy’s Ceili Band has been added to 2 tune sets.

Grandpa Tommy's Ceili Band has been added to 43 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Grandpa Tommy's Ceili Band
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GB~B2 dB~B2|GABG ABGE|DEGA BABd|eaaf gedB|
GB~B2 dB~B2|GABG ABGE|DEGA Bdge|dBAF G4:|
|:~g3a gfed|Bd~d2 edBd|g2af gfed|eaab agef|
~g3a gfed|Bd~d2 edBd|~c3B cBAG|FDEF G4:|
X: 2
T: Grandpa Tommy's Ceili Band
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GB~B2 dB~B2|GABG ABGE|DEGA Bd~d2|eaaf gedB|
GB~B2 dB~B2|GABG ABGE|DEGA Bgfg|ecAF G4:|
|:~g3a gfed|Bd~d2 Bdef|g2af gfed|eaag ea~a2|
~g3a gfed|Bd~d2 gdBd|~c3B cBAG|FGAF G4:|
X: 3
T: Grandpa Tommy's Ceili Band
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GB~B2 dB~B2|GABG ABGE|DEGA Bd~d2|ea~a2 gedB|
GB~B2 dB~B2|GABG ABGE|DEGA Bgfg|ecAF G4:||
~g3a gfed|Bd~d2 edB/c/d|g2af gedg|eaag agef|
~g3a gfed|Bd~d2 edBA|B2dB cBAG|FDEF G4:||
X: 4
T: Grandpa Tommy's Ceili Band
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GB (3BAB dB (3BAB|GB (3BcB ABGE|DEGA Bd (3ded|ea (3aba gedB|
GB (3BcB dB (3BAB|GABG GAGE|DEGA Bgfg|ecAF G4:||
|:dggf gfed|Bd (3ded Bdef|(3gfg af gfed|ea (3aba ea (3aba|
dggf gfed|Bd (3ded gdBd|(3cdc dB cBAG|FDEF G4:||
X: 5
T: Grandpa Tommy's Ceili Band
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 BB d2 BB | GABG ABGE | DEGA BABd | egaf gedB |
G2 BB d2 BB | GABG ABGE | DEGA Bgfg |[1 ecAF G3 :|[2 ecAF G2 ||
g3 f gfed | B2 dd Bdef | g2 ag gfed | eaag eaaf |
g2 ba gfed | B2 dd gdBd | c2 dB cBAG |[1 FDEF G2 :|[2 ecAF G3 |]

Nine comments

Grandpa Tommy’s Ceili Band

Composed by Martin Mulhaire. Transcribed from a session recording.

I have it slightly differently:

M: C|
L: 1/8
K: G
GB~B2 dB~B2|GABG ABGE|DEGA Bd~d2|eaaf gedB|
GB~B2 dB~B2|GABG ABGE|DEGA Bgfg|ecAF G4:|
|:~g3a gfed|Bd~d2 Bdef|g2af gfed|eaag ea~a2|
~g3a gfed|Bd~d2 gdBd|~c3B cBAG|FGAF G4:|

This is not a transcription of any particular performance, just how it sounds in my head. However, I think I first heard it on a record of the Mulhaire Ceili Band, so it is probably close to the version on there.

Here’s the way I play it that differs a bit here and there. It’s based on what Gerry Harrington and Eoghan O’Sullivan play on their first recording before Smokey Chimney called, "Scéal Eile."

X: 1
T: Grandpa Tommy’s Ceili Band
M: 4/4
S:Gerry Harrington and Eoghan O’Sullivan "Scéal Eile"
C:Martin Mulhaire
Z:Jack Gilder
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
GB~B2 dB~B2|GABG ABGE|DEGA Bd~d2|ea~a2 gedB|
GB~B2 dB~B2|GABG ABGE|DEGA Bgfg|ecAF G4:||
~g3a gfed|Bd~d2 edB/c/d|g2af gedg|eaag agef|
~g3a gfed|Bd~d2 edBA|B2dB cBAG|FDEF G4:||

Oh bugger! Cross post. Looks like yours is very close to mine Goat.

Jack - It’s the minute differences that make this music so appealing.

That would be true if it weren’t for the fact that most of my contributions are minute errors.

It’s the minute errors that make it a living tradition.

Another variation.

Courtesy of Josephine Keegan, from the collection "A Drop In The Ocean". She has the title as "Granpa’s Ceili Band".

X:1
T:Granpa’s Ceili Band
M:4/4
R:Reel
C:Martin Mulhaire
K:G
|:GB (3BAB dB (3BAB|GB (3BcB ABGE|DEGA Bd (3ded|ea (3aba gedB|
GB (3BcB dB (3BAB|GABG GAGE|DEGA Bgfg|ecAF G4:||
|:dggf gfed|Bd (3ded Bdef|(3gfg af gfed|ea (3aba ea (3aba|
dggf gfed|Bd (3ded gdBd|(3cdc dB cBAG|FDEF G4:||

“Grandpa Tommy’s Ceili Band” ~ another rescued duplication

Father Kelly’s (Chris Droney Version)
Also known as Martin Mulhaire’s.
Key signature: G Major
Submitted on April 17th 2009 by Reelyconkored.
~ /tunes/9538

With corrections made to the ABCs ~

X: 1
T: Grandpa Tommy’s Ceili Band
C: Martin Mulhaire
N: Chris Droney’s version
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: GMaj
|: D |\
G2 BB d2 BB | GABG ABGE | DEGA BABd | egaf gedB |
G2 BB d2 BB | GABG ABGE | DEGA Bgfg |[1 ecAF G3 :|[2 ecAF G2 ||
|: Bd |\
g3 f gfed | B2 dd Bdef | g2 ag gfed | eaag eaaf |
g2 ba gfed | B2 dd gdBd | c2 dB cBAG |[1 FDEF G2 :|[2 ecAF G3 |]

I learnt this tune off Chris Droney. This tune goes really well after The Green Gates.

A nice flick to do on the concertina regards this tune is to flick off on the high f
| g2 gf gfed |
in the second line of the turn.

Hope ye like it.

# Posted on April 17th 2009 by Reelyconkored

NOTE: For bars 1 & 5 of the A-part of the tune Chris tends to play them ~ | GBBB dBBB | ~
You can find the set of reels "The Green Gates" / "Grandpa Tommy’s Ceili Band" on Chris Droney’s excellent recording "The Fertile Rock", track 18…
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/723