Big John’s reel

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Big John's has been added to 30 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Big John's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2FA d2AF|GEBE GEBE|D2FA d2 (3efg|1 faeg fddB:|2 faeg fddf||
a2fa afdf|gebe gebe|a2fa gfed|cdeg fddf|
a2fa afdf|gebe gebe|fgaf bged|cdeg fddB|]
X: 2
T: Big John's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2FA d2AF|GEBE GEBE|D2FA d2eg|1 faeg fddB:|2 faeg fddf||
||a3a afdf|gebe gebe|a2fa gfed|cdeg fddf|
a2fa afdf|gebe gebe|fgaf bged|ceag fdAF||

Four comments

Big John’s: Fermanagh Reel

This is a little gem from "Hidden Fermanagh Vol.1," on which fiddler John McManus himself plays it with his son Pat on fiddle and Cathal McConnell. My transcription is mostly based on their trio playing but has some subtle changes to suit my fancy. A slightly different setting of the tune is on the Hidden Fermanagh Book. It informs us John got it from his uncle, and Cathal named it after John.

The very first time around they play like this: *D2FA* d2AF|GEBE GEBE|….

Re: Big John’s

Goodman had this reel (Goodman 4/79f) as "Fanny". [See Shields, Hugh and Lisa, Tunes of the Munster Pipers 2, (Dublin, 2013), No. 1009, page 190]

Big John’s, X:2

This is how Gerry O’Connor plays it on his album "Last Night’s Joy", track 3a.