The Barnes Mor reel

Also known as Biddys, Biddys Of Barnes, Old Peter Street.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Barnes Mor has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Barnes Mor has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Barnes Mor
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
(3ABA GA FAED|CEAc dcdf|ecea fdfa|(3fga eg a3 g||
aA (3ABA eAcA|dcBA GBEg|aA (3ABA eAce|(3fga gb aefg|
aA (3ABA eAcA|dcBA GBEd|ecea fdfa|(3fga eg afec||
# Added by JD .
X: 2
T: The Barnes Mor
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
cB|:A/B/A (GA) FAEc|BEcE dEcB|A/B/A (GA) FAEc|BEGB AdcB|
A/B/A (GA) FAED|CEA(c dc)df|e^de(=g fd)fa|1 ^gbe(g af)ec:|2 ^gbeg aefg||
|:aA A/A/(A e)Ac(A|dc)BA GBBg|aA A/A/(A e)AcA|GABc defg|
a/a/(a g)(b ae)ce|f(dBA) GBed|ceAc dfBa|1 gbeg aefg:|2 gbeg afec||

Nine comments

A bit about the tune.

While on work-experience in Wards music shop, Donegal town, i meet a great box player - Martin Wilson. Martin is a relative of Johnny Doherty and has a huge collection of his tunes on old recordings but mostly in his head and its unbelievable the amount of tunes that i have learned by ear from his lilting.

On my last day, he gave me a tape that he recorded of the radio in the early 70’s and on it i found this tune along with a load of others including the highland “the millroad devil” which im going to post shortly.
I have never heard this tune being played before and i assume that it hasnt been recorded.
it was named after the pub “biddies of barnes” on the road from donegal town to Ballybofey.
Nothing left to say now apart from: Hope you enjoy it, and let me know what you all think of it!


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Great tune Martin, and a good story to go with it. I really appreciate that you’ve shown us the chain of people who’ve passed this tune along. Especially playing tunes here in Montana, it adds a sense of connectedness to the tradition to trace them back to the likes of John Doherty. More, we want more! 🙂

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A lovely tune …. as far as I can see in this early phase of trying out in slow motion mode

Old Peter Street

Noticed that this tune had not been previously submitted (at least by this title). Taken from Paddy Glackin’s “In Full Spate”. Some suggested bowings included.

This is a great tune…thebowing will be a good challenge which i will undertake me thinks!

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this seems like the contradiction reel in a short version

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This is brilliant. Anyone know more about the tune?

This sounds a bit like a scottish proto-type of Music in the Glen..

If you’re interested in finding similar sounding tunes, I remember coming across something similar at least in parts in Robin Williamson’s fiddle book?
or was it on The Battlefield’s version of the Hurricane?
or on Teada’s rendition of The Stoney Steps
Somewhere in that vague region…