Joe Cant’s reel

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Joe Cant’s appears in 1 other tune collection.

Joe Cant's has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Joe Cant's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
AB cA e2dB|(3.G.G.G BG dGBG|ABcA e2dB|cABG EAA2 :|
Aa2g e2ed|cdef g2fe|Aa2g e2ed|cABG EAA2|
Aa2g e2ed|cdef g2fe|agfe gfed|edef g2ea|]
2
X: 2
T: Joe Cant's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
AB (3cBA e2 dB|~G BG dGBG|AB(3cBA e2 dB|cABG EAA2 :|
~a3g e2 ed|cdef g2 fe|~a3g e2ed|cABG EAA2|
a2 ag e2 ed|cdef g2 fe|agfe gfed|edef ~g3|]

Ten comments

French/Breton band Gwendal recorded it in the 70s. Like many of those bands around then it lapsed into a jazz section before returning to the reel. (I really dislike mixing folk with jazz! Can’t stand Eileen Ivers’ stuff). Nice tune this. I like the little syncopation in the second part. Oh no, maybe I do like jazz!

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I’ve been enjoying playing this morning, though it feels nicer if I end with a low G to lead back into the first part - whatever. But is not the key of the 1st part in A dorian?

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Joe Cant’s Reel

Francis O’Neill: "The Dance Music of Ireland" (1907) no. 568

Gwendal / Joe Cant’s

Gwendal plays it more like that:
K: Gmaj
AB (3cBA e2 dB|~G BG dGBG|AB(3cBA e2 dB|cABG EAA2 :|
~a3g e2 ed|cdef g2 fe|~a3g e2ed|cABG EAA2|
a2 ag e2 ed|cdef g2 fe|agfe gfed|edef ~g3|]

Personally, I prefer ending on A, but each to their own. The whole tune is A dorian, so the key signature should, and does, have one sharp.

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Gwendal version

I´ve heard Gwendal playing this tune. It´s wonderful!!
About folk and jazz..Have you heard Deiseal??

Your various comments have got me wondering about how to conclude the B part. How about E and C instead of E and A? And for the last time 4 eights GEDB and a sustained A? I think it would have to be the last tune in a set.

Joe Cant’s reel

If the tune is A dorian, the key signature could just as easily have no sharps (or flats) and an F sharp accidental. This is more obvious if you’re playing an accompaniment. I like this tune a lot — my band follows it with Castle Kelly, which (for us) solves the question of how to end it.

In O’Neill’s it is written with no sharps in the key signature and accedentals when there are F#s. Either way it is not in Gmaj and there is a A dorian option when submitting a tune.

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