The Irish Tradition reel

There is 1 recording of this tune.

The Irish Tradition has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Irish Tradition
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bd(3ddd edBe|dBAB AGED|B,EDB, ~B,2~B,2|GBAG EFGA
Bd(3ddd edBe|dBAB AGED|B,EDB, ~B,2~B,2|GBAF GAcA:|
Bd(3ddd edBd|gb(3bbb agef|~g3e dBGB|cABG AE(3EEE
GEDB, ~B,2A,B,|G,B,DG cABG|cA(3Bcd gedc|(3BcdAc BGG2:|

Two comments

Like the Commodore, this is another tune written by Billy McComiskey and Brendan Mulvihill (the Lennon and McCartney of the 70’s Washington DC trad scene.) I tried to get this down as accurately as I could to they way they play it on Catchin’ the Tune, but they really were zipping through it so I probably missed some details. By banjo player brain is no doubt responsible for the number of trebles (i.e. (3ddd ) in there - more likely it’s some other type of ornament. The double roll on the low B in the first part may actually be that stutter roll that Brendan came up with, but I’m not sure and wouldn’t know how to notate it if it were.
Anyhoo, it’s a great tune!

Re: The Irish Tradition

I recently had the good fortune of acquiring the album this tune came from. Fiddle players: the funny double quarter note "b’s" are executed simply as two successive rolls, NOT the signature stutter rolls Mulvihill is known for. In fact, it’s interesting, he doesn’t appear to do them at all on this album. The album is absolutely incendiary. It’s a crime that so few are able to have access to its myriad delights!

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