Loch Altan reel

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

Loch Altan has been added to 2 tune sets.

Loch Altan has been added to 38 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Loch Altan
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A,B,CD (3EEE EC|DCEC DCB,C|A,B,CD (3EEE EC|DB,G,A, B,A,A,2:|
CE~E2 CE~E2|DCB,C A,B,G,B,|CE~E2 CE~E2|DB,G,A, B,A,A,2|
CE~E2 CE~E2|DCB,C A,B,G,B,|A,B,CD (3EFG EC|DB,G,A, B,A,A,2||
# Added by errik .
X: 2
T: Loch Altan
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
EFGA ~B3G | AGBG AGFG | EFGA ~B3G | AFDE FEED |
EFGA ~B3G | AGBG AGFG | EFGA BddB | AFDE FEE2 ||
eB-~B2 GB-~B2 | AGFG EFDF | eB-~B2 GB-~B2 | AFDE FEE2 |
eB-~B2 GB-~B2 | AGFG EFDF | EFGA ~B3G | AFDE FEED ||
# Added by gone .

Twelve comments

Loch Altan

A very mysterious-sounding reel I learned from Altan, composed by Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh.

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Woke up one morning …

… and this was going round and round in my head. I was pretty sure it’s a reasonably common tune … except that none of my sessions mates know it, and they’re normally a pretty knowledgeable bunch.

If it’s here already, I apologise, but I have looked, even using the Reverend’s techniques for searching the site and the net.

If anybody has a name, I’d be grateful.

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In my half-waking state, it followed The Man of the House.

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… and my feeble brain has just realised that it was probably originally in Ador rather than Edor …

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Can this be moved to the comments of that other tune?

Yep, you’re right, Merry-Hielander. Well, at least I’ve got a name for it now.

I think it’s worth keeping this version, in that it’s different enough to be interesting. But not as a separate tune. It’s clearly the same tune.

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“Loch Altan” C: Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh

C: Mairéad Ni Mhaonaigh

Note the unusual, limited melodic range: up to a 5th above the A + the low G only. That makes it suitable to play in E, e’ and b also.

If you repeat the first 4 bars of the 2nd part twice, instead of rising to g as given here, the tune stays within the interval of a 6th.
This narrow compass is commonplace in Brittany and many other parts of the continent but is rare indeed in Ireland, except in children songs.