Ferny Hill reel

Also known as Henry Hill, Little Molly.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

Ferny Hill has been added to 82 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Ferny Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B3 B BAFE | D2EF DEFA | BEED ~B3 c | dBeg fedc |
~B3 B BAFE | D2EF DEFA | BEED BABc | dBeg fedc :|
dfff e2 fe | d2fd edBA | dfaf e2fe | dBAF FE E2 |
dfff e2fe |d2fd edcd | BBBB BAFA | dBAF FE E2 |
dfff e2fe | d2 fd edBA |dfaf e2fe | dBAF FE E2 |
~a3 f e2fe | d2fd edcd | BBBB BAFA | dBAF FE E2 |
|: FAAA A2BA | FAAd BcdA | FAAA A2BA | GEFD EEEG |
FAAA A2BA | FAAd BcdA | FAAA A2BA | GEFD EEEA :|
|: Beed e2ef | gbaf gfeg | fddc d2Ad | fAaA bAaf |
fged (3Bcd ef | gbaf gfeg | fddc dBAF | GBAF GEEE :|
|: ~G2GF GABc | dcde dBAF | G2BG FGA=c | BGAF GEED |
~G2GF GABc | dcde dBAF | G2BG FGA=c | BGAF GEED :|
X: 2
T: Ferny Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: B3 B BAFE | D2EF DEFA | BE ~E2 B3 c | dfeg fedc |
~B3 B BAFE | D2EF DEFA | BE ~E2 BABc | dfeg fedc :|
dfaf egfe | defd BAFB | dfff (3efg fe | dBAF E2 (3efg |
a3f egfe | defd edcd | B3A BAFA | dBAF E3z :|

Eight comments

Ferny Hill

This is a nice 5-part reel. The book in the Long Black Veil CD give say it’s by Matt Molloy and Sean Keane.

Please note that the signature should be C| (2/2), not 4/4. The notes would still look the same. This is played "not too fast" in the CD, say the 1/4 note at about 140 bpm.

Ooops, try 1/4 note at 180 bpm.

Ferny Hill

Hi glauber,

thanks for the notation of that nice tune.
I wouldn’t say it is a 5part reel, because the Chieftains play it like that
with the 5 parts named as A,B,C,D,E

AABB AABB AABB
CDDE CDDE CDDE

so I would sya it’s kinda two reels, played 3 times each.
The second one has a non traditional pattern.
The 180bpm are true for the start, but the tune ends up much faster.

Urs

urs, you’re right, it is two different reels: Ferny Hill and Little Molly. The Chieftains have both of them listed on their Wide World Over compilation. Was there a goof up in the Long Black Veil?

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It’s a really nice tune and it’s much fun to play on the violin!
There are plenty of options to place a top or cut and it never gets boring^^

Names etc.

Just had a concert here with Fingal last night, and had a wonderful conversation with James Keane. The first reel was written by Matt Molloy, and the second was written by Sean Keane. James mentioned the name of the tune as "Pretty Molly". Quite the interesting story how that tune came about… =)

Ferny Hill

What a great tune. Here’s the version by Cian from their Rolling Waves album. They play it at normal reel speed.

X: 1
T: Ferny Hill
S: Cian - The Rolling Waves
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Edor
|: B3 B BAFE | D2EF DEFA | BE ~E2 B3 c | dfeg fedc |
~B3 B BAFE | D2EF DEFA | BE ~E2 BABc | dfeg fedc :|
dfaf egfe | defd BAFB | dfff (3efg fe | dBAF E2 (3efg |
a3f egfe | defd edcd | B3A BAFA | dBAF E3z :|

last but one part has this interesting run of notes:
… d2Ad | fAaA bAaf | …

in fact I should call it the last part because the last part here feels more like an add-on