Francie Donnellan’s Reel
I heard Conor Keane play this tune in Doolin around 1993 & liked it so much, I got his Tape that night.
To check out the other tracks on his tape, Cooley’s House, go to: https://thesession.org/recordings/display.php/1771
Once again I’m not 100% sure what key this is in, but it appears to be in G Major with a few c #’s so I hope I’m not too far out?
Quick! Before the sheet music appears, there’s a stray comma in the last measure of the first line.
David and not George
cool tune but should the key be D,not G mix?
Funny ursus, I wrote it out first as D mix & then changed my mind cause I had to naturalise so many c’s in the process, so you are probably correct.
Sorry - this mode stuff is not my strong point - to say the least.
Still, hopefully it was better that I tried, than just didn’t bother as I think it’s a good tune.
What about the Fs? Are they mostly natural (D Dorian) or mostly sharp (D Mix)? They feel to me like they could go either way most of the time.
Thanks again for entering it - it is a nice tune and I plan to learn it.
I just found this here already under the titles: East Clare, Charlie Mulvihill’s, The Corn Boy, Galtee Mountains, Johnny McGreevy’s Favourite, McAuliffe’s, McGlinchey’s Fancy, McGreevey’s, McGreevy’s Favourite. Entered by Will Harmon about a year and a half ago.
And now I see on the Connor Keane album that you got it from, that he has a tune called the East Clare on a different track! Presumably it’s a different tune sharing the title.
Well found sir & thanks for that info Gary.
I will now study Will’s ABC & try to learn how it ‘should’ be done!
As for the f’s, sh*t! - your right, he plays them all as naturals!
Yes, the East Clare he plays on the other side is a completely different Reel - a four parter.
How the heck do you track down a similar tune anyway Gary, or is that just down to patience or is it a trade secret? :-D
A great reel! It’s got that lovely modal traditional feel to it. I wonder if it was actually written by Francie?
I just did an advanced search. The first measure matches both versions of this tune and no other tune at this site! Sometimes it’s much harder to find tunes.
You did a fine job with the ABCs here. The only issue is the mode. GMix makes the sharps (none) come out right, but so does DDor, and the latter is correct because the tune resolves to a D at the end of both parts.
Here’s what I have. Some folks double the parts.
DEFA d2 cA | GEED EFGc | Add^c d2 ed | cAGE EDCE |
DEFA d2 cA | GEED EFGc | Add^c dfed | cAGE EDD2 ||
aged c2 cd | ed B/c/d eg~g2 | aged c2cd | cAGE EDD2 |
ed e/f/g aged | c2 cd cAGE | =FEDE FGAB | cAGE EDCE ||
The Key / Mode
This tune is actually in D Dorian, not D major or D minor. If you put it in that, it would have made all your Cs natural and been consistent with the actual key of the tune :) I suggest you change it because I have friends that look for songs to add to their sets based on the mode they’re written in, and Dorian is much different from Mixolydian (one sounds sadder than the other). Thanks for posting!
"I have friends that look for songs to add to their sets based on the mode"
Why don’t they push the boat out a little and perhaps play the tune in two different keys and decide what they like best? Traditional music isn’t that restrictive, and deciding tune simply based on the mode is frankly boring.