The Doon reel

Also known as The Cavan, The Flowing Bowl, Leather Buttons, The Mason’s Men, Ríl An Dúin.

There are 59 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Doon appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Doon has been added to 40 tune sets.

The Doon has been added to 324 tunebooks.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: The Doon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DFAF BFAF|DEFD E3F|DFAF BFAF|(3Bcd ec dBAF|
DFAF BFAF|DEFD E3F|DFAF BFAF|(3Bcd ec d2AF:|
|:d2fd Adfd|d2fd edBA|d2fd Adfd|g2fg edBA|
d2fd Adfd|d2fd e3f|gefd ecdA|BABc dBAF:|
2
X: 2
T: The Doon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFAF BFAF|DFAF E2FE|D2FA BAFA|1 (3Bcd ec dBAF:|2 (3Bcd ec d3A||
d2fd Adfd|Adfd BABc|d2fd Adfb|afea fddA|
d2fd Adfd|Adfd ~e3f|gfec dcBA|(3Bcd ec dBAF||
3
X: 3
T: The Doon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFAF BFAF|DFAF E2FE|DFAF BFAF|B/c/d ec dBAF|
DFAF BFAF|DFAF E2FE|DFAF BFAF|1 B/c/d ec d2AF:|2 B/c/d ec d2Bc||
d2fd Adfd|defd BABc|d2fd Adfa|afed B2AB|
d2fd Adfd|defd e2ef|gfec dcBA|1 B/c/d ec dBAB:|2 B/c/d ec dBAF||
4
X: 4
T: The Doon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DDDd BAAA|DFAF E2FE|D2FA BAFA|1 (3Bcd ec dBAF:|2 (3Bcd ec d3A||
d2fd Adfd|(3ddd fd BABc|d2fd Adfg|aaeg fd (3ddd|
d2fd Adfd|Adfd ~e3f|gfec dcBA|(3Bcd ec dBAF||
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5
X: 5
T: The Doon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2FA BFAF|DFAF E2~E2|D2FA BAFA|(3Bcd ed dBAF|
D2FA B2AF|DFAF EA,CE|D2FA BAFA|1 (3Bcd ec d2d2:|2 (3Bcd ec dBAB||
|:d2fd Adfe|d2fd BdAB|d2fd Adfa|afed ~B2AB|
d2fd Adfd|d2fd e3f|g3e dBAB|1 f3e dBAB:|2 (3Bcd ed dBAF||
6
X: 6
T: The Doon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DEFA B2AF|DFAF E2FE|DEFA BAFA|dfec dBAF|
D3A B2AF|DFAF E2FE|DEFA BAFA|Bdec (d2 d2)|
D3A B2AF|DFAF EDB,C|D2 DA BAFA|dfec dBAF|
DEFA B2AF|DFAF E2FE|DEFA BAFA|Bdec d2 (3ABc||
d2 fd Adfd|d2fd B2AB|d2fd Adfg|afed B2AB|
d2 fd Adfd|defd edef|g2ge dBA2|fgfe dBAB|
d2 fd Adfd|d2fd B2AB|d2fd Adfg|afed B2AB|
d2 fd Adfd|defd edef|gfec dcBA|Bdec dBAF||

Twenty comments

Joining tunes

The Doon reel goes well into The Congress Reel as a set.

Glenn Owen?

Hey you guys, the Doon Reel on John William’s recording is different than the one on the CD I believe. (I don’t have my copy) Does anyone have the abcs of John’s version of the tune? I think its also called "Glenn Owen".

We always play the Cameronian before this tune. Don’t know if that’s one of those standard combination of tunes or not, but it seems to work well for us regardless.

Ah, posting the link. Good idea. Thanks for picking me up on my "Comments" fumble. 😉

Shall I do it for you?

Disregard my now apparently awkward previous post

Yeah, it seems I can’t read. I had posted comments today on both the pages for the Cameronian and the Doon. When I saw you had linked to a tune, I didn’t read your header and for some reason forgot what tune’s comment page I was on. Long story short, I thought you were posting the link to the Cameronian, the tune I had mentioned. Oy it’s been a long day.

The Doon

I get bored with this tune when played double. I prefer it as a single:

X: 1
T: The Doon
T: Leather Buttons
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: D
DFAF BFAF|DFAF E2FE|D2FA BAFA|1 (3Bcd ec dBAF:|2 (3Bcd ec d3A||
d2fd Adfd|Adfd BABc|d2fd Adfb|afea fddA|
d2fd Adfd|Adfd ~e3f|gfec dcBA|(3Bcd ec dBAF||

"The Doon Reel" ~ as a single:

I also think this tune has the structure of a single reel instead of a double, and that it works better that way…

Agree with all that’s been said about playing this tune single. It’s a bit like the Mountain Road (another great tune) which is totally ruined when played double.

It goes well before the Mountain Top also.

single reels like this one are a nice entrée en matière, a nice introductory tune, to a session; say, a laid back one on a sunny afternoon… (hwen thengs are lookin oop, not doon!)

Kevin Burke playing The Doon Reel

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJ4kkGAkAEs


Below is what I transcribed that I can play along on the flute with.

X: 1
T: The Doon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFAF BFAF | DFAF E2FE | DFAF BFAF |B/c/.d ec dBAF |
DFAF BFAF | DFAF E2FE | DFAF BFAF |1 B/c/d ec d2AF :|2 B/c/d ec d2Bc ||
d2fd Adfd | defd BABc | d2fd Adfa | afed B2AB |
d2fd Adfd | defd e2-ef | gfec dcBA |1 B/c/d ec dBAB :|2 B/c/d ec dBAF ||

Retitled

Josephine Keegan includes a version of this tune as Reel #13 in her 2004 tunebook "A Drop in the Ocean". However, as often for settings in her book, she gives it a new title — in this case The Cavan Reel.

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Re: The Doon

A version was collected as ‘A Galway Reel’ from Stephen Ruane, piper, Galway, at the Feis Ceóil sometime between 1897 and 1913. It is number 30 in the Darley and McCall collection (from where I got this info.)

The Doon, X:6

This is another Sliabh Luachra setting based on Johnny O’Leary’s playing, recorded and transcribed by Pat Slattery in the mid 70s in Knocknagree. Pat was given an excellent name for it: "Mists of Sliabh Luachra". However there is a similar reel with that name, and I’m not sure it is ever used for this Doon Reel.
Not surprisingly this version is similar to JamesA’s posting from POK’s playing, but developed to give 16 bars to each part. There’s another POK version from the ITMA collection, which again is close to X:5 -
https://www.itma.ie/digital-library/score/padraig_okeeffe_oconnell_ms_108 ITMA has titles Cronin’s Reel / O’Keeffe’s Favourite, but it is not clear if these were on the original manuscript.