Sporting Paddy reel

Also known as Castle Guillou, Clare, The Clare, The Cranley, Irish Pat, John Doherty’s, The Maid In The Apple Tree, Padai Sportmhar, Paddy On The Railroad, Spoil The Dance, Sportin’ Paddy, Sporting Nell, Sporting Paddy’s, The Sporting Paddy, Sporting Pat, Springsteens.

There are 265 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Fermoy Lasses (a few times) and John Doherty’s (a few times).

Sporting Paddy has been added to 866 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: Sporting Paddy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: EAAB GABG | EAAB G2ED | EAA2 GABd | edge dBAG |
EAAB GABG | EAAB G2ED | EAA2 GABd | edge d2 ||
ef | geee gede | geee a2ba | gee2 ged2 | efge d2ef |
geee gede | geee a2ga | bgab gabg | efge dBAG :|
X: 2
T: Sporting Paddy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ge~e2 gede|ge~e2 a2ga|bgaf gedg|efge dBAG||
g2fg edBd|ge~e2 a2ga|bgaf gfed|efge dBAG||
X: 3
T: Sporting Paddy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EAAF GABG|EAAG E2DG|EAAF GABd|1 egdB BAAG:|2 egdB BAAa||
geeg dBBa|gefg a2ba|geeg dBBf|~g3e dfef|
geeg dBBa|gefg a2ga|bgaf gfed|egdB cBAG||
X: 4
T: Sporting Paddy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EA (3AAA GABG | EAAB GEDF | EAAB GABd |edge dBAG |
EA (3AAA GABG | EAAB GEDF | EAAB GABd |edge d3 ||
e | ge (3eee gede | ge (3eee a2 ba | ge (3eee gedg| efge d3
e | ge (3eee gede | ge (3eee a2 ga | (3bag af gedg | efge dBAG |]
X: 5
T: Sporting Paddy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EA{G}}AA GA{G}}BG|EA{G}}AA {A}GEED|EA{G}AA GA{A}Bd|ed{f}ge dB{B}AG|
EA{G}AA GA{B}AG|EA{G}}AA {A}GEED|EA{G}AA GA (3B^cd|efge d2 z (f||
g)eeg d.B.B.B|geee aeba|geeg dB{^c}BB|edge d2ef|
geeg dB{^c}BB|gefg ~a2ga|b2af {f}g>fed|edge dB{B}AG||
DE~E2 GAAG|DE~E2 FGGF|DE ~E2 GA (3B^cd|ed{f}ge dB{B}AG|
EA{G}AA GA{G}AA|gA{G}AA gAfA|eA{G}AA GABd|efge d2 (3efg||
geeg dBBB|gefg a3b|geeg dBBB|edge d2ef|
geeg dBBB|gefg ~a2ga|b2af gede|fgge dBAG||
{D}+slide+E>E (3.E.E.E GAAG|{D}+slide+E>E (3.E.E.E FGGF|{D}+slide+E>E (3.E.E.E GA (3B^cd|ed{f}ge dB{B}AG|
EA{G}AA GA{G}AA|gA{G}AA gAfA|eA{G}AA GABd|efge d2 z f||
geeg dBBB|gefg a3b|geeg dBBB|edge d2ef|
geeg dBBB|gefg ~a2ga|b2af gede|fgge dBAG|]
X: 6
T: Sporting Paddy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:EAAB GABG | EAAB GE D2 | EAAB GABd |edge dBAG |
EAAD GABG | EAAB G2 ED | EAAB GABd |efge d2 ef ||
|:ge e2 gede | ge e2 a2 ba | ge e2 gedg| efge d2 ef |
ge e2 gede | ge e2 a2 ga | bgab ge d2 | efge dBAG||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: Sporting Paddy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EAAB GABG|EAAB G2ED|EAAB GABd|gfge d2BG:||
geef defd|geeg a2ab|geef defd|efge d2cd|
geef defd|geeg a2ga|bagf gfed|efge d2BG|]
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 8
T: Sporting Paddy
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:BEEF DEFD | BEEF DB A2 | BEEF DEFA |BAdB AFED |
BEEA DEFD | BEEF D2 BA | BEEF DEFA |BcdB A2 Bc ||
|:dB B2 dBAB | dB B2 e2 fe | dB B2 dBAd| BcdB A2 Bc |
dB B2 dBAB | dB B2 e2 de | fdef dB A2 | BcdB AFED||
# Added by JACKB .

Nineteen comments

Sporting Paddy

This tune is also played on Cormac Breatnachs whistle album "Musical Journey" A great album for Low whistle enthusiasts.

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…And it’s also played by John Whelan, in button accordion. He adds to it "John Dwyer’s" and "Galtee Rangers".
lovely set!

:)

Donogh Hennessy’s arrangement

Does anyone know the chords Donogh uses on this tune? It’s teamed with Rathlin Island on The Kinnitty Sessions. He also played it on Sharon Shannon’s Each Little Thing album—done a few years earlier.

I love the chord progressions—I just can’t figure out what they are. Any clues would be greatly appreciated!!

Thanks
Gena

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The liner notes on "Each Little Thing" indicate that Sharon Shannon herself play the whistle on this tune.

Variations

The latter half of the second part is usually played like this:

ge~e2 gede|ge~e2 a2ga|bgaf gedg|efge dBAG||

or

g2fg edBd|ge~e2 a2ga|bgaf gfed|efge dBAG||

John Doherty’s

There’s a different version of this on Altan’s "Blackwater", which came from John Doherty:

X: 1
T: John Doherty’s
T: Sporting Paddy
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
S: Altan - Blackwater
K: Ador
EAAF GABG|EAAG E2DG|EAAF GABd|1 egdB BAAG:|2 egdB BAAa||
geeg dBBa|gefg a2ba|geeg dBBf|~g3e dfef|
geeg dBBa|gefg a2ga|bgaf gfed|egdB cBAG||

Isn’t the second part almost exactly like Spoil The Dance?

Yeah. It’s just obvious, so nobody mentions that.

Sporting Paddy

I love this version I heard on the radio once:

X:285
T:Sporting Paddy
S:Played by Burke, Cooney & Corcoran on Radio Scotland, 1995
Z:Nigel Gatherer
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:A dorian
EA (3AAA GABG | EAAB GEDF | EAAB GABd |edge dBAG |EA (3AAA GABG | EAAB GEDF | EAAB GABd |edge d3 ||
e | ge (3eee gede | ge (3eee a2 ba | ge (3eee gedg| efge d3 e | ge (3eee gede | ge (3eee a2 ga | (3bag af gedg | efge dBAG|]

sportin paddy

Does anyone know who wrote this tune? thanks for any replies

Sporting Paddy

Good tune and goes well with Mulqueen’s as a follow on. Any ideas for ‘the third man’ here? Thanks.

Sporting Paddy

I have a version on Craig Duncan CD in Ador following on from Cooley’s & Star Of Munster. Cracking!

Tiarnan O Duinnchinn’s version

Here’s a pretty exact transcription from that recording:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihq0dbwFQsE


I love that version, maybe somebody will find it useful.

T: Sporting Paddy
S:Tiarnan O Duinnchinn (Monaghan), pipes
Z:Łukasz Potoczny
M:C|
L:1/8
K:Ador
(!fermata!A2 G)||\
EA{G}}AA GA{G}}BG|EA{G}}AA {A}GEED|EA{G}AA GA{A}Bd|ed{f}ge dB{B}AG|
EA{G}AA GA{B}AG|EA{G}}AA {A}GEED|EA{G}AA GA (3B^cd|efge d2 z (f||
g)eeg d.B.B.B|geee aeba|geeg dB{^c}BB|edge d2ef|
geeg dB{^c}BB|gefg ~a2ga|b2af {f}g>fed|edge dB{B}AG||
DE~E2 GAAG|DE~E2 FGGF|DE ~E2 GA (3B^cd|ed{f}ge dB{B}AG|
EA{G}AA GA{G}AA|gA{G}AA gAfA|eA{G}AA GABd|efge d2 (3efg||
geeg dBBB|gefg a3b|geeg dBBB|edge d2ef|
geeg dBBB|gefg ~a2ga|b2af gede|fgge dBAG||
{D}+slide+E>E (3.E.E.E GAAG|{D}+slide+E>E (3.E.E.E FGGF|{D}+slide+E>E (3.E.E.E GA (3B^cd|ed{f}ge dB{B}AG|
EA{G}AA GA{G}AA|gA{G}AA gAfA|eA{G}AA GABd|efge d2 z f||
geeg dBBB|gefg a3b|geeg dBBB|edge d2ef|
geeg dBBB|gefg ~a2ga|b2af gede|fgge dBAG|]

Lost of twists in version s

my first reel to learn , version among the group there somewhere

Sporting Paddy, X:7

This setting appears in O’Neill’s Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody, 1922, no. 246, as “Irish Pat”.

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