The Old Pensioner reel

Also known as Collins’ Choice, Delaney’s, Hickey’s, Hickey’s No. 2.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Anderson’s (a few times), Bobby Casey’s (a few times) and Teampall An Ghleanntáin (a few times).

The Old Pensioner has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Old Pensioner has been added to 64 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Old Pensioner
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2 cA BE E2 | FDAD FA A2 | d2 dc BAFA | Beed cABc :|
d2 fd Adfd | d2 fd edef | d2 fd edef | dBAF E2 Bc |
d2 fd Adfd | d2 fd edBc | defd edef | dBAF E2 Bc |
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The Old Pensioner
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3ABc||d2 cd BE E2|EDAD EDFA|dBed BEEB |EBed cABc|
|d2 cA BE E2|EDAD EDFA|dBed BEEB |EBed cABc||
d2 fd adfd | de fd BAFA | d2 fd adfd | Beed BAFA |
d2 fd adfd | de fd BAFA | d2 fd c2ec | B3c dAFA |
X: 3
T: The Old Pensioner
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3FGA||B2 AB GC C2|CB,FB, CB,DF|BGcB GCCG |CGcB AFGA|
|B2 AF GC C2|CB,FB, CB,DF|BGcB GCCG |CGcB AFGA||
B2 dB fBdB | Bc dB GFDF | B2 dB fBdB | GccB GFDF |
B2 dB fBdB | Bc dB GFDF | B2 dB A2cA | G3A BFDF |
X: 4
T: The Old Pensioner
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3ABc|:!segno!d2 (3cBA BEEG|(3FED (AD) FABc|dB (3cBA BEEA|1 Bged cABc:|2 Bgec d2||
(3ABc|d2 (fd) adfd|ddfd cdec|d2 (fd) adfd|dBAF EFAc|
d2 (fd) adfd|(3ddd (fd) cdec|defd cdec|cBAF EF (3ABc!segno!||
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 5
T: The Old Pensioner
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2 cA BE E2 | FDAG FD FA | d2 ed BEE2 | Eeed cABc :|
d2 fd adfd | d2 fd BAFA | d2 fd adfd | B2Bc dAFA |
d2 fd adfd | d2 fd BAFA | d2fd c2ec | B2Bc dAFA ||

Thirteen comments

Sherlock’s

This reel comes from Roger Sherlock’s “Memories of Sligo” recording. It isn’t listed at all on the sleeve notes, coming after “Fred Finn’s” and “Sailor On The Rock”. I tried an advanced search and it hasn’t come up with anything. I’ve a feeling I’ve heard it played by “Danu”, but I could be confusing it with something else. Anyone have a name for it?
I’m inclined to name it as “Sherlock’s”, [ rather than yet another “Gan Ainm” ], because he’s the only person I’ve ever heard playing it. I can change it if anyone comes up with an alternative title.

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I always wondered who Sherlock was.

I don’t read ABC very well, only sheet music, but I think this is the same tune as I found in "A Trip to Sligo" small hardbound green tunebook. This is called either "Sherlock’s Fancy" or "Sherlock’s Favorite" in there (I’d have to go home and look it up). I started playing it, and discovered that a couple of the large-repertoired fiddlers in my area knew it too, though I didn’t ask them their name for it.

Oops.

I take it back - it’s probably the same Sherlock, but the more I look at the ABC, the less it seems like it’s the same tune. Nevermind!

Roger Sherlock

Roger Sherlock is a flute player originally from Sligo, but who lived much of his life in London, being much involved in the Irish music scene there. He is probably best known for his recordings with the late Sean McGuire. He recorded a solo record on the London “Inchecronin” label called “Memories Of Sligo”, and that’s where this reel came from. I’m pretty sure that the reel called “Sherlock’s” in the “Trip To Sligo” book is actually a tune which I call “Jack McGuire’s”, he being the father of Sean McGuire. Roger did in fact record that particular reel on his solo LP under that very title.

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The Old Pensioner

In O’Neill’s, this is "The Old Pensioner." I wish someone would reissue "Memories of Sligo," which is one of the greatest flute recordings of all time.

The Old Pensioner

Well spotted "blarneystar". They’re not identical, but I think you’re right. I’ve changed the title.

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This is on track 2 of Mick O’Brien & Caoimhin O’Raghallaigh’s Kitty Lie Over as "Hickey’s". Their version has elements of both the setting given here and the one in O’Neill’s.

Mick O´Brien version (aprox.)

X: 1
T: Hickey’s
S: Mick O´Brien
L: 1/8
M: 4/4
R: reel
K: D
(3ABc||d2 cd BE E2|EDAD EDFA|dBed BEEB |EBed cABc|
|d2 cA BE E2|EDAD EDFA|dBed BEEB |EBed cABc||
d2 fd adfd | de fd BAFA | d2 fd adfd | Beed BAFA |
d2 fd adfd | de fd BAFA | d2 fd c2ec | B3c dAFA |

Mick O´Brien version, Bb

X:1
T:Hickey’s
S:Mick O´Brien
L:1/8
M:4/4
R:reel
K:Bbmaj
(3FGA||B2 AB GC C2|CB,FB, CB,DF|BGcB GCCG |CGcB AFGA|
|B2 AF GC C2|CB,FB, CB,DF|BGcB GCCG |CGcB AFGA||
B2 dB fBdB | Bc dB GFDF | B2 dB fBdB | GccB GFDF |
B2 dB fBdB | Bc dB GFDF | B2 dB A2cA | G3A BFDF |

The Old Pensioner, X:4

Here is the version published by O’Neill in Dance Music of Ireland - 1001 Gems (1907), p. 106, no. 577.

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Re: The Old Pensioner

I love this tune. It’s obviously a major tune but the first part has something of a minor feel which I really enjoy. That Paddy Cronan version is marvelous.

The Old Pensioner, X:5

As played at sessions in Austin, TX