Lovely Bannion barndance

By Ed Reavy

Also known as The Lovely Bannion Highland Fling, The Lovely Bannion.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Lovely Bannion appears in 1 other tune collection.

Lovely Bannion has been added to 1 tune set.

Lovely Bannion has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Lovely Bannion
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Adde fdec|Adde f2 ec|Adde fdec|AB=cA G2 FG|
Adde fdec|Adde f2 fg|(3agf ge fdec|AB=cA G4|
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: Lovely Bannion
R: barndance
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
ABAG FGAB|cdcA cdcB|ABAG FGAg|fde^c Ad d2:|
defg afge|fdcA FGAc|defg afge|fed^c Ad d2|
defg a2 ge|(3fga ge f2 df|afge abag|fde^c Ad d2||

Eight comments

Highland ?

This was played by a flute/whistle player from the USA at the Willie Clancy week flute and whistle recital in 1986. Never did find out who he was, although we were in the same flute class.
A good player, who chose some very good tunes. This is possibly a Highland rather than a reel, because he paired it with what I’ve only recently discovered is one of 6 highlands composed by Ed Reavy. A nice simple tune. Anyone heard it before ?

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A twist on Within a Mile of Dublin, eh?

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Kenny, it’s called the Lovely Bannion. Check out online tune indexes for details.


Good man, Dow. I did wonder if it was another Reavy tune, even though it seems it might not be one of his actual compositions. And it is a Highland, not a reel.

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Ed Reavy claimed it wasn’t one of his, though he took it in his way, in his own style…

“The Lovely Bannion” ~ highland fling

X: 2
T: Lovely Bannion, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: highland fling
|: F>G |\
A>BA>G F<DF>G | A>BA>G A<dd>c |
A2 (3BAG F2 (3GAB | c>AF>A (3GAG :|
c>B |\
A<dd>e f>de>c | A<dd>e f2 e>c |
A<dd>e f2 (3edc | A>B (3cBA G2 c>B |
A<dd>e f>Ae>c | A<dd>^c d2 (3efg |
a2 (3gfe f>de>c | A>Bc<A G2 |]

Lovely Bannion (barndance)

There are echoes of this in a tune from Waifs and Strays:

T:Joyful Hour, The
S:Book-O’Neill, Waifs & Strays
Z:Nigel Gatherer
ABAG FGAB | cdcA cdcB | ABAG FGAg | fde^c Ad d2 :|
defg afge | fdcA FGAc | defg afge | fed^c Ad d2 |
defg a2 ge | (3fga ge f2 df | afge abag | fde^c Ad d2 |]