The Glentaun reel

Also known as Bóthar Na Sop, Denis Murphy’s, Dennis Murphy’s, The Glauntane, The Gleanntán, The Glentown, The Glountane, Lord McDonald’s, O’Keefe’s Dream, O’Keeffe’s Dream, The Road To Glounthane.

There are 25 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Glentaun appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Glentaun has been added to 22 tune sets.

The Glentaun has been added to 124 tunebooks.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: The Glentaun
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AGEG|DGBG ~A3 B|~d3 c B~G3|
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AGEG|~B3 A ~G3 E|DEGA B~G3:|
Bdde ~d3d|(3Bcd gd B~A3|Bdde d2 gd|B2 Ac B~G3|
Bdde ~d3d|(3Bcd gd B~A3|B~d3 edgd|dBAc B~G3|
Bdde ~d3d|(3Bcd gd B~A3|Bdde d2 gd|BdAc B~G3|
BddB ~d3d|(3Bcd gd B~A3|B~d3 edgd|BdAc B~G3||
2
X: 2
T: The Glentaun
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AGEG|DGBG ~A3B|dged BAGE|
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AGEG|DGBG ~A3B|dged BGGd||
~B3c dgef|g2fg eA~A2|B/c/d ef gage|dBAc BGGd|
~B3c dgef|g2fg eA~A2|B/c/d ef gage|dBAc BAGE||
3
X: 3
T: The Glentaun
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AE~E2|DGBG AGAB|d2ed BGG2:|
BddB d2ef|g2fg eA~A2|B/c/d ed Bdgd|BdAd BGG2|
BddB d2ef|g2fg eA~A2|B/c/d ef g3e|dBAd BGG2||
4
X: 4
T: The Glentaun
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AE~E2|DGBG ~A2AB|dged BG~G2:|
Bdd^c d2ef|gbfa eA~A2|(3Bcd ef ~g2ge|dBAc BG~G2:|
5
X: 5
T: The Glentaun
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AGEG|DGBG AGAB|d2ed BGG2:|
BddB d2ef|g2fg eA~A2|B/c/d ef g3e|dBAc BGG2:|
6
X: 6
T: The Glentaun
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AEE2|DGBG A2 Bc|1 d2 ed BGGE:|2 d2 ed BGG2||
Bdd^c d2ef|g2fg eAA2|Bdd^c dege|dBAc BGGA|
Bdd^c d2ef|g2fg eAA2|Bdef g2 ge|dBAc BGGE||

Eleven comments

Bothar Na Sop

I found this to be similar to Dennis Murphy’s Reel: ?Same tune.
What’s a "Sop"?

Sop

The Sweet Sop and Sour Sop are fruits of the genus Anona, native to S. America, and commonly known as ‘custard apples’. I doubt, however, whether a road in Ireland would be named after one of these.

The Glentaun

Source: Alan & John Kelly
Transcription: g.m.p.

This sounds like a cousin of Lord McDonald’s:
https://thesession.org/tunes/507

Sliabh Luachra fiddler, Denis Murphy played a typically ‘straight up’ version of this tune, something like this:

M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
DGBG AGBG|DGBG AE~E2|DGBG AGAB|d2ed BGG2:|
BddB d2ef|g2fg eA~A2|B/c/d ed Bdgd|BdAd BGG2|
BddB d2ef|g2fg eA~A2|B/c/d ef g3e|dBAd BGG2||

Well, while you are pointing out the tune being the same as Lord MacDonald’s, the word ‘sop’ means a wisp, as in a bundle of straw. A well known character in Scotland was ‘Ailean nan Sop’ (Allan MacLean ) who apparently got his name from his pyromaniacal antics, using a wisp of straw.

Not a duplication…

of the tunes mentioned above, as this was posted first! 🙂

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Setting #3

is as played by Catherine McEvoy at Cuisle Cheoil. She likes to hold those bottom Ds in the A part for another quaver, which of course is always a nice blast on the flute.
Like D2BG AGBG|DGBG AE~E2|D2BG ~A2AB|dged BG~G2:|

The Glentaun, X:5

Simplified version, close to the Denis Murphy / Julia Clifford version. As played here at sessions in Austin.