Kathleen’s Wedding reel

By Josie McDermott

Also known as Kathleen Lawrie’s Wedding.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Kathleen's Wedding has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Kathleen's Wedding
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FGAF GFEF|D2 (3DDD DEGA|=c2 ec dcAB|=cAGE D4:|
f3 a ge e2|f2 ef dcAG|EG G2 =cAGc|Ad=cA G2 FG|
Adde f2 fg|afgf dcAB|=c2 ec dcAB|=cAGE D4:|
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: Kathleen's Wedding
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FEFA GFEF|D2 D2 DEGA|=cA A2 f3e|dcAF GBAG|
FGAF GFEF|D2 D2 DEGA|=c2 ec dcAB|=cAGE ED D2:|
|:f3 a ge e2|f2 ef dcAG|EG G2 =cAGc|Ad=cA G2 FG|
Adde f3g|afge dcAB|=c2 ec dcAB|=cAGE ED D2:|
# Added by JACKB .

Six comments

Kathleen’s Wedding

Composed by Josie McDermott. From his playing at the 1978 Ballisodare Folk Festival in Co. Sligo. Don’t know why this isn’t better-known - the only recorded version I’m aware of is by Marcas O’Murchu. His version is slightly different with a lot of his own variations.
Josie played this on a C-whistle, as does Marcas.

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Kenny, you might be interested to know that Marcas has a new CD coming out in the next couple of weeks! I’ll bring one to Campeltown, just in case.

Thanks , Dick - hoping to get to Cambeltown.
I meant to say that Josie McDermott plays those single-note D triplets in the first part of the tune with stacatto tongueing which was a feature of his whistle-playing.

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Kathleens Wedding. Kathleen Lawries Wedding

I learnt this tune a few years ago when a friend of mine found it on The session. The main reason being that I happen to know Kathleen who’s surname became Boyle after the wedding. I have just borrowed a book of 50 tunes from her husband Tommy Boyle called "Forget me Not" which has been complied by Seamus Connolly. This tune is in the book and there are quite a few differences between the two versions. Anyone wishing to learn the tune could do well to have a look at the other version if they can get hold of the book

Kathleen’s Weeding

Pumpkinseed - could you photocopy and bring to next Horse and Jock or scan and email this other version?
Mad Mike