Grant’s reel

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

Grant's has been added to 28 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Grant's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
|:e2 BA GBEB|GBEB GBEB|B,EGF EGB,E|DFB,D FDB,D|
e2 BA GBEB|GBEB GBEB|a2 ga gfed|f2 e2 e2 (3Bcd:|
|:efga bgeg|gffe dfBd|efga bgeg|gedc Bc =d2|
cAce BGB=d|AFA=d F=DFA|EGBa gbfd|1e2 g2 e2 (3Bcd:|2e4 E4||
X: 2
T: Grant's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2 AG FADA|FADA FADA|A,DFE DFA,D|CEA,C ECA,C|
d2 AG FADA|FADA FADA|g2 fg fedc|e2 d2 d2 (3ABc:|
|:defg afdf|feed ceAc|defg afdf|fdcB AB =c2|
BGBd AFA=c|GEG=c E=CEG|DFAg faec|1d2 f2 d2 (3ABc:|2d4 D4||
X: 3
T: Grant's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
(3Bcd|:e2 BA GBEB|GBEB G~E3|B,EGE B,EGB|AGFG ABcd|
e2 BA G~E3|B~E3 GAB=d|ceag fe^df|e2 df eBcd:|
|:efga bgeg|~f3 e d~B3|eBeg b~g3|fe=dc ~B3 d|
cAce BG (3GGG|A2 F=D A,DFD|E2 ag fe^df|(3efe df eBcd:|
# Added by errik .
X: 4
T: Grant's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Ac|:d2 AG FADA|FADF A2A,/A,/G,|A,DFD A,DFD|CEA,C EA,Cc|
d2 AG FADA|FADF ADFA|~B2 gf edcd|1ed{e}dc de{a}fe:|2ed{e}dc d2 (3ABc||
|:defg afdf|{a} gfed ceAc|defg af{a}gf|edcB A2 A=c|
BGBd AFAF|G2ED =CDEC|D2 (3efg fdec|1d2 {e}dc dBAc:|2d2 {e}dc de{a}fe||
X: 5
T: Grant's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
|(Bcd)|:e2 BA GBEB|GBEB GBEB|B,EGF B,EGF|DFB,D FB,DF|
e2 BA GBEB|GBEB GBEB|Aaga gfed|f2 e2 e2:|
|(Bcd)|:efga bgeg|(agf) (agf) dfBd|efga bgeg|ge=dc BcdB|
cAce BGBe|AFA=d F=DFA|EGBa gbfd|e2 e2 e2:|

Thirteen comments

Grant’s Reel

Found this one on Natalie MacMaster’s CD. I was able to transcribe it, but I think it will be a while before I actually learn how to play it!

It’s also on Sharon Shannon’s "The Diamond Mountain Sessions." On the last track Kane Sisters, Mary & Sharon Shannon, Jesse Smith, and Sean Smyth all play this tune together on the fiddle, backed by Donogh Hennessy.

Widely played in D.

Jim

Sandy Macintyre the geat compiler of Cape Breton tunes calls The Grants’ a hornpipe.

I suppose there could be different songs all called "Grant’s," but I just checked Natalie’s website, and it definitely lists it as a reel. I don’t know if this is the same tune for the other recordings, but this is how it sounds on Natalie’s CD, and it does sound like a reel. But that’s the beauty of these tunes—they allow for a lot of flexibility.

Use *tune*, not song! I used to play it years back as a reel myself. An awful lot of these tunes are flexible.

Grant’s in D

X: 1
T: Grant’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K:Dmaj
|:d2 AG FADA|FADA FADA|A,DFE DFA,D|CEA,C ECA,C|
d2 AG FADA|FADA FADA|g2 fg fedc|e2 d2 d2 (3ABc:|
|:defg afdf|feed ceAc|defg afdf|fdcB AB =c2|
BGBd AFA=c|GEG=c E=CEG|DFAg faec|1d2 f2 d2 (3ABc:|2d4 D4||

Siobhan Peoples taught me a nice version of this tune a few months ago:

T:Grant’s
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:E
(3Bcd|:e2 BA GBEB|GBEB G~E3|B,EGE B,EGB|AGFG ABcd|
e2 BA G~E3|B~E3 GAB=d|ceag fe^df|e2 df eBcd:|
|:efga bgeg|~f3 e d~B3|eBeg b~g3|fe=dc ~B3 d|
cAce BG (3GGG|A2 F=D A,DFD|E2 ag fe^df|(3efe df eBcd:|

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Tommy Doucet plays this on both of his LPs (which have a lot of duplication), on I Used To Play Some Pretty Tough Tunes it’s Joanne’s Reel, on Down East Star it’s Irish Reel. Good to find the score.

I first heard this on a pub recording of Sean McGuire, he does a crazy slide up to the third octave E at the end of the first part.

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There’s a President Grant’s Hornpipe in Ryan’s but it isn’t this tune.

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Grant’s in D from Kevin & Seamus Glackin

Picked this up from Kevin & Seamus Glackin "Northern Lights" Album. The notes say they got it from Sean McGuire. Appears to be a variation on the version in D submitted by swisspiper

T: Grant’s Reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K:D
Ac|:d2 AG FADA|FADF A2A,/A,/G,|A,DFD A,DFD|CEA,C EA,Cc|
d2 AG FADA|FADF ADFA|~B2 gf edcd|1ed{e}dc de{a}fe:|2ed{e}dc d2 (3ABc||
|:defg afdf|{a} gfed ceAc|defg af{a}gf|edcB A2 A=c|
BGBd AFAF|G2ED =CDEC|D2 (3efg fdec|1d2 {e}dc dBAc:|2d2 {e}dc de{a}fe||

Grant’s Reel

Makes sense that it’s from Sean McGuire

Angus Chrisholm’s Version

Played here by Jerry Holland - (starts at 0:33) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfmKET5cpus


"Angus Chrisholm introduced this to Cape Breton sometime during the ’60s. Apparently he learned it from a recording of Sean Maguire. Angus write the tune out for Cape Breton pianist Doug MacPhee who recorded it on his influential 1976 solo LP. Jerry associates the tune with Winston Fitzgerald." - Paul Cranford