Delia Keane’s reel

Also known as The Old Man’s Blackthorn Stick.

Delia Keane's has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Delia Keane's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
DEFG AFGF | EFGF EA, A,2 | D2 FD ABcA |1 GE E2 D2 DE :|2 GE E2 D2 D2 |
A2 d2 dcAG | FGAB c2 Bc | d2 Ad dcAB | cAGE ED D2 |
Adde dcAG | FGAB cABc | dBcA BGAB | cBcd ed d2 |
# Added by Kenny .

Seven comments

Delia Keane’s

From the playing of Sean Keane, singer,piper, flute & whistle-player from Galway. [ And good at them all ! ].

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Really good tune Kenny. Thanks for posting it.

Do you know who wrote it?

Delia Keane’s

Sorry, Geoff, I don’t have an answer to that. My guess would be traditional, because it doesn’t sound "recent" to me. It came from a double CD that Sean Keane made a few years back. Someone had it in the house in Mullagh during the Willie Clancy week , I think 3 years ago, and I learned it from that. It’s the only time I’ve come across the tune. Sounds a bit Northern to my ears. It’s not the "Delia Keane’s" on the connected recordings by "Bakerswell" and John Kelly - I think that tune, in both cases, is a jig, which is also posted here. Delia Keane is quite possibly a relative of Sean ?

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I believe this reel is traditional. I’m sure a relatively well-known tune in a different key has a virtually identical second part. Back from a session, I’m too drunk to think of the name of it.

"Right, this is a variant of "The Eel in the Sink""

Slainte - I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say "a variant of…". But it undoubtedly lies somewhere not too far along the melodic spectrum from The Eel. The B-parts are, as you say, very close - perhaps more a case of recycling than evolution.