Killoran’s reel

Also known as Paddy’s Highland Fling.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

Killoran’s appears in 2 other tune collections.

Killoran’s has been added to 3 tune sets.

Killoran's has been added to 24 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Killoran's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2DB ADFA|BFAF EDB,E|D2DB ADFA|1 Bdec dBAF:|2 Bdec d2dB||
ABde fd~d2|gefd edBd|ABde fd~d2|gfed BddB|
ABde fd~d2|gefd edBc|d2dc dfaf|gfec dBAF||
X: 2
T: Killoran's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A>F|(3DDD D>B A>D (3FGA|B>FA>F E>DB,>E|D>CD>B A>DF>A|(3Bcd e>c d2:|
|:(3dcB|A>Bd>e f>d (3ddd|g>ef>d e>d (3Bcd|1 A2 d>e f2 (3def|
g>fe>d (3BcB:|2 A>dd>c d>fa>f|g>fe>c d>B||

Nine comments

Killoran’s Reel

Learned from Kevin Burke and Jackie Daly’s swinging duet. I don’t know anything about this reel, but the title probably refers to the Sligo fiddler. Simple yet effective tune!

Nice 🙂

Lovely reel

I don’t know why we haven’t heard more of this tune (I haven’t heard it before anyway) which I imagine would really swing at a session. It’s like a lot of single reels (Boyne Hunt, Shannon Breeze, Red Haired Lass, Mountain Road ……etc, etc) which are simple but so effective.

Great tune–I remember this from sessions in Oregon 25 years ago. The name doesn’t gibe, but I can’t recall what anyone called it back then. Good one, Kieran.

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I actually recorded K. Burke and J. Daly playing this reel from a radio programme a couple of years ago. It’s obviously from their album “Eavesdropper.” The sleeve notes of the recording might mention the source of the tune. It’s followed by another two single reels: the Boys on the Hilltop and Miss McGuinness. Conal O’Grada joins them for the last one.

“Paddy’s Highland Fling”

Thanks for the heads up ‘slainte’, yes, it makes a lovely highland, but more so, it is familiar, but you know the tricks the mind can play with one. It is familiar as a highland, but I haven’t done a search for it yet. I decided first to give it as it pretty much came to me, but doing justice, hopefully, to this transcription first, then a few variations, the first with your flutes and whistles in mind:

R: highland fling
K: D Major
|: A>F |
(3DDD D>B A>D (FGA | B>FA>F E>DB,>E |
D>CD>B A>DF>A| (3Bcd e>c d2 :|
|: (3dcB |
A>Bd>e f>d (3ddd | g>ef>d e>d (3Bcd |
1 A2 d>e f2 (3def | g>fe>d (3BcB :|
2 A>dd>c d>fa>f | g>fe>c d>B ||

For those with limitations here’s a variation on Part-A, bar 2:


Alternate take on the B-part’s second ending:

2 gefd ecdB | gfec (3dcB (3AGF ||

~ and the occassional ‘snap’ wouldn’t go amiss…

Another alternate take on the B-part’s second ending:

2 a>fg>e f>d (3Bcd | g>fe>d B2 ||

Yeah, this is nicer as a highland. I’ll do a bit of experiment tomorrow though my interpretation won’t be as inventive as yours.

Killorans church by John Doyle waltz

does anyone have the sheet music for killorans church by John Doyle. Could someone write it out??