Sarah Kelly’s Delight reel

Also known as Sarah Kelly’s, Sarah’s Delight.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Sarah Kelly’s Delight has been added to 1 tune set.

Sarah Kelly's Delight has been added to 41 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Sarah Kelly's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3DEF | G2Bd GdBd | GdBd cAFA | D2FA DAFA | defd cAFA |
|G2Bd GdBd | GdBd cAFA | DEFG ABce |1 dcAF G2 :|2 dcAF G3 ||
|:E | DGBd gfag | fd~d2 afd2 | DFAB c3d | ed^cd =cAFA |
|DGBd gfag | fd~d2 afde | =f3a g^fdc |1 BGAF G3 :|2 BGAF G2||
2
X: 2
T: Sarah Kelly's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2Bd GdBd|G2Bd cAFA|D2FA DAFA|defd cAFA|
G2Bd GdBd|G2Bd cAFA|DEFG ABce|1 dcAF GDEF:|2 dcAF G2FE||
|:DGBd gfag|fd~d2 afdB|DFAB ~c3d|ed~d2 cAFA|
DGBd gfag|fd~d2 afde|=f2af gfdc |1 BGAF G2FE:|2 BGAF GDEF||

Six comments

I apologise once again for submitting a tune without a name. I learnt it from Ciar

This tune appears on the LP record "SPRING IN THE AIR" - Shanachie #29018 by PADDY O’BRIEN, JAMES KELLY, and DAITHI SPROULE, where it is given the name "SARAH’S DELIGHT".

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Paddy O’Brian made this tune, and it is named after Sarah Kelly, James Kelly’s daughter:

In his collection he writes "During the time I was trying to make this reel, I was startled out of my concentration by tiny ticling fingers at my feet. When I looked down I saw this joyful child of one year looking up at me. As I continued to play more, she began to jump and prance on the boarded floor"

Sarah’s Delight

Here’s a transcription from the actual recording. It’s very close to how Spoon has it with a few minor differences, mainly the 2nd to last bar where it stays on Fnat for the whole bar (I think I prefer the way Spoon has it).

X: 1
T: Sarah’s Delight
C: Paddy O’Brien
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
G2Bd GdBd|G2Bd cAFA|D2FA DAFA|defd cAFA|
G2Bd GdBd|G2Bd cAFA|DEFG ABce|1 dcAF GDEF:|2 dcAF G2FE||
|:DGBd gfag|fd~d2 afdB|DFAB ~c3d|ed~d2 cAFA|
DGBd gfag|fd~d2 afde|=f2af gfdc |1 BGAF G2FE:|2 BGAF GDEF||

Originally in F

Paddy O’Brien recorded it in F with James Kelly and Teada play it in F too so I presume that’s the original key. Not easy on the banjo in F but it does sound nice.

Sarah’s Delight

I must say that this tune sound very swedish, at least the first few bars. Quite a wonderful tune.