The Hurricane reel

By James Scott Skinner

Also known as Skinner’s.

There are 27 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Hurricane has been added to 16 tune sets.

The Hurricane has been added to 172 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Hurricane
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
d|:cABG A2ED|CEAc BB,B,d|cABG Aaga|1 (3fga ed cAAd:|2 (3fga ed cAAa||
|:gaea cAAa|gaea fBBa|gaea ABcd|1 (3edc dB cAAa:|2 (3edc dB cAAe||
ac'e'c' aecA|GBEB GBEe|ac'e'c' aecA|defg aAAe|
ac'e'c' aecA|GBEB GBEd|cABG Aaga|(3fga ed cAA2|
|:cfaf cfaf|efge Bege|fgaf cfaf|gbeg affc|
fgaf cfaf|efge Bege|aefd ceaf|1 ecdB cAAB:|2 ecdB cAAd||
X: 2
T: The Hurricane
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
ac'e'c' aecA|GAEA GBBg|ac'e'c' aecA|defg aAAe|
ac'e'c' aecA|GAEA GBBd|(3cBA (3BAG A.a.g.f.|ecdB cAA||
fgaf ^efcf|efge ^deBe|fgaf ^efcf|gabg affc|
fgaf ^efcf|efge ^deBe|aefd ceAa|ecdB cAA||
X: 3
T: The Hurricane
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:d|"A"cABG A2 ED|CEAc "E"BB,B,d|"A"cABG "D"Aagf|"E"ecdB "A"cAA:|
|:a|"A"gaea cAAa|gaea "Bm"fB"E"Ba|"A"gaea "D"ABcd|"E"ecdB "A"cAA:|
e|"A"ac'e'c' aecA|"E"GBEB GBEe|"A"ac'e'c' aecA|"E"defg "A"aAAe|
"A"ac'e'c' aecA|"E"GBEB GBEe|"A"agfe "D"fedc|"E"defg "A"a2 "E/G#"a||
g|"F#m"fgaf ^efcf|"E"efge ^deBe|"F#m"fgaf ^efcf|"E"gbeg "F#m"af f/f/f|
"F#m"fgaf ^efcf|"E"efge ^deBe|"A"aefd ceaf|"E"ecdB "A"cAA||
# Added by Tate .
X: 4
T: The Hurricane
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
d|:cABG A2ed|cEAc B3d|cABG Aaga|1 fa ed cAAd:|2 f2 ed caaa||
|:GAeA caaa|GAeA f3a|GAeA ABcd|1 e2ed caaa:|2 e2ed caag||
ac'e'c' aecA|GABA G2bg|ac'e'c' aecA|defg gaag|
ac'e'c' aecA|GAeA G2bg|c'abg aaga|f2ed cAag|
efff efff|efge ^deb2|c'zaf cfc'z|gabg afff|
f2af =f^faf|efge ^deBe|aefd ceAa|ecdB cAA||

Sixteen comments


I learnt this tune from the playing of Natalie MacMaster, on disk 1 of her ‘Live’ Cd. Please Post the composer’s name if you know it!

Typical Scott Skinner tune?

The Hurricane

Yes, it’s a Skinner tune.

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The Hurricane

Thankyou, I didn’t know who it was composed by

The Hurricane

This always goes down a storm!

C section

I’ve heard/used slightly different notes in the C/D section many times.
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
e | a c’ e’ c’ a e c A | G A FAa G b b e | a c’ e’ c’ a e c A | d e f g a A A e | a c’ e’ c’ a e c A | G A F A G b b e d| c2/3 b2/3 A2/3 b2/3 A2/3 G2/3 A a g f | e d c b c a a

I’m far too lazy to ABCiate the D section, see

“The Hurricane Reel” ~ Scott Skinner

R: reel
K: A Major
|| D.C. (Da Coda ~ “repeat 1st strain”)
P: C
e |
ac’e’c’ aecA | GAEA GBBg | ac’e’c’ aecA | defg aAAe |
ac’e’c’ aecA | GAEA GBBd | (3cBA (3BAG A.a.g.f. | ecdB cAA || D.C.
P: D
c |
fgaf ^efcf | efge ^deBe | fgaf ^efcf | gabg affc |
fgaf ^efcf | efge ^deBe | aefd ceAa | ecdB cAA || D.C.


Colyn Fischer recorded it on his first album. It’s on track 2.

Play in G on Flute

Anyone tried playing this in G on the flute? A is Ok, but in G it fits the scale of the (keyless) flute a bit better. No one around here plays it anyway, so the problem of playing it with others probably won’t arise. Although I suppose I should learn it in both keys - it’s not the sort of tune I can transpose on the fly.

In G, I get to use my nice low D a bit more, and don’t have to go over the high D - which is already one tone more than most of my session companions like to play up to.

The Hurricane, X:3

This is a mix between the Beaton and MacMaster version. Learned from Andrea Beaton.

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Re: The Hurricane

I’m having a go at this one just now.

It’s actually a lot easier than I thought it might be, althugh not “at speed” obviously.