The Galway reel

Also known as The Galway, Ironing Board, The Ironing Board, Larry Bedican’s, Larry Redican’s, Rattigan’s, Redican’s, Redigan’s.

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Galway has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Galway has been added to 128 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Galway
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B|:AGEG DG,B,D|BAGA BedB|AGED B,DA,D|
|B,~A,3 B,EED|E2 DE GEDB,|D2 CE DG,B,D|
|~E3G DEGA|1 BdAB G3 B:|2 BdAB G2 Bc||
|:d~G3 EGDC|B,G,B,D GBdf|e~c3 AcGE|
|DFAd fedc|BG(3GGG EGDC|B,G,B,D GBdf|
|e~c3 efge|1 dBAB G2 Bc:|2 dBAB G3 B||
# Added .
X: 2
T: The Galway
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B|AGEG DG,B,D|BAGA BedB|AGED B,DA,D|B,A, (3A,A,A, B,EED|
(3EFE DE GEDB,|(3DED B,E DG,B,D|E2GE DEGA|(3Bcd AB G3:||
|:B|dG (3GAG (3EFG DG|B,DGB dGBd|ec (3cdc AcFA|DFAd fed^c|
dG (3GAG (3EFG DG|B,DGB dGBd|ec (3cdc ecfe|dBAB G3:||
X: 3
T: The Galway
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B|AGEG DGBD|BAGA BedB|AGED BDAD|
|G~E2B GEED|E2 DE GEDE|D2 GE DGGD|
|~E3G DEGA|1 BdAB G3:|2 BdAB G3 B||
|:d~G3 EGDG|EGGD GBdf|e~c3 AcGE|
|DFAd {a}fedc|BG(3GGG EGDG|EGGD GBdf|
|e~c3 ef{b}ge|1 dBAB G3 B:|2 dBAB G3||
# Added by RickR .
X: 4
T: The Galway
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B|AGEG DG (3Bcd|BAGA BedB|AGED BDAD|
B~A3 BEED|E2DE GEDE|D2EG D2EG|
EDEG DEGA|(3Bcd AB G3:||
|:B|d~G3 EGDc|BGBd gdeg|ecBc (3BAG FA|
DFAd fed^c|d~G3 EGDc|BGBd gdeg|
ecBc efge|dBAB G3:||
X: 5
T: The Galway
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2 | AGEG DG, (3B,CD | BAGA BedB| AGED (3B,CD A,D | B,A,(3A,A,A, B,E{G}ED |
E2 EF GEDB, | D2 B,E DG,B,D |EDEG DEGA |(3Bcd AF G2:|
Bc | dG (3GGG FGDC | B,G,B,D GBdg |ec (3ccc AGFE | DFAd fed^c |
dG(3GGG FGDC | B,G,B,D GBdg |ec (3ccc efge | dBBA G2 :||
X: 6
T: The Galway
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B|:AGEG DG,B,D|BAGA BedB|AGEC B,DA,C|B,~A,3 B,EED|
E2 EF GEDB,|D2 B,E DG,B,D|~E3G DEGA|1 ~B2AB G3 B:|2 ~B2AB G2 Bc||
|:d~G3 EGDC|B,A,B,D GABd|e~c3 AcGE|DEFA fed^c|
dG ~G3 EGDC|B,A,B,D GABd|e~c3 afge|1 dBcA G2 Bc:|2 dBcA G3 B|]

Eighteen comments

The Galway Reel

Judging from the way the discussion thread on the Galway Reel has gone, I’m hoping this is the sought after tune. I think I pulled it off a Liz Carroll recording. It’s a different tune from the Galway Reel listed in Krassen’s O’Neill’s.

On fiddle, this takes a bit of gymnastics to play cleanly—lots of string crossings and busy lefthand fingers…a typical G major tune, eh?

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I know this tune was recorded by The Cheiftans as a set followed by Up Against The Bachlavaughns/Glass of Beer/and another one after that which i can’t remember the name of. It could well be a Redican tune, but I thought this one had a different name.

Galway reel

Aye - this is the first tune on the "Northern Lights" recording.
My apologies - I may have set it into the wrong set of reels by the Chieftains.

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First recorded by..

I think Brendan McGlinchey, on his Music of a champion album in 1974.He called it the Galway reel but I have heard it called` the Ironing Board`and Fahey`s reel.

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In Josephine Keegan’s recent book, A Drop In The Ocean, this tune (the second in the collection) goes by the name The Ironing Board.

Ooops …

Meant to post her setting.

Here it is:

X:1
T:The Ironing Board
M:4/4
R:Reel
K:G
|:B|AGEG DG,B,D|BAGA BedB|AGED B,DA,D|B,A, (3A,A,A, B,EED|
(3EFE DE GEDB,|(3DED B,E DG,B,D|E2GE DEGA|(3Bcd AB G3:||
|:B|dG (3GAG (3EFG DG|B,DGB dGBd|ec (3cdc AcFA|DFAd fed^c|
dG (3GAG (3EFG DG|B,DGB dGBd|ec (3cdc ecfe|dBAB G3:||

Shaskeen titles

Shaskeen called the tune The Galway Reel when some accordion player played it solo on one of their albums but on another album "Atlantic Breeze" (I think), it was called Paddy Fahey’s when Kevin Rohan did a fiddle solo and played the tune.

Larry Redican

I think this is a Larry Redican tune. It is played by Finbarr Dwyer before another of Larry’s compositions "The Culfadda" in a set called "Larry Redican’s Reels" on his album The Star of Ireland.

A nice set of Larry’s tunes is:

The Galway Reel / Forget Me Not (in D) / The Culfadda

Flute friendly setting?

Thanks, slainte for the comhaltas link. I love this tune. John Brady’s flute playing blends so nicely with the fiddle, I’m having difficulty understanding what he is doing when the tune goes out of range. Can someone post a flute friendly setting?

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Re: Flute friendly setting?

Since no one responded, I gave it a shot myself. Take it for what it’s worth - a newbies attempt to figure it out. By itself it’s a bit monotonous, but it blends well with fiddle - and perhaps is in the ballpack of what John Brady was doing on the above comhaltas link.

X: 1
T: Galway, The
C: Larry Redican
N: Adapted for flute
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
B|AGEG DGBD|BAGA BedB|AGED BDAD|
|G~E2B GEED|E2 DE GEDE|D2 GE DGGD|
|~E3G DEGA|1 BdAB G3:|2 BdAB G3 B||
|:d~G3 EGDG|EGGD GBdf|e~c3 AcGE|
|DFAd {a}fedc|BG(3GGG EGDG|EGGD GBdf|
|e~c3 ef{b}ge|1 dBAB G3 B:|2 dBAB G3||

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Matt Molloy flute version

This is my transcription of how Matt Molloy played this reel with Sean Keane on the first track of the "Best of the Chieftains" album.

X:1
T:the Galway Reel
C:transcribed by James Peeples
M:4/4
R:Reel
K:G
|:B|AGEG DG (3Bcd|BAGA BedB|AGED BDAD|
B~A3 BEED|E2DE GEDE|D2EG D2EG|
EDEG DEGA|(3Bcd AB G3:||
|:B|d~G3 EGDc|BGBd gdeg|ecBc (3BAG FA|
DFAd fed^c|d~G3 EGDc|BGBd gdeg|
ecBc efge|dBAB G3:||

I’ve half-way known this tune for years & I just transcribed this from a recording of Larry Reddican.

X: 1
T: The Galway Reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: G
B2 | AGEG DG, (3B,CD | BAGA BedB| AGED (3B,CD A,D | B,A,(3A,A,A, B,E{G}ED |
E2 EF GEDB, | D2 B,E DG,B,D |EDEG DEGA |(3Bcd AF G2:|
Bc | dG (3GGG FGDC | B,G,B,D GBdg |ec (3ccc AGFE | DFAd fed^c |
dG(3GGG FGDC | B,G,B,D GBdg |ec (3ccc efge | dBBA G2 :||

Played by the Glackin brothers in Horo Gheallaidh - Series 5 -
Episode 11 on the BBC - they call it "Larry Redican’s"

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Also I think b.maloney may have meant "Up Against The Buachalawns" way back in 2002.

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A strange tune..hard to play right…..it`s as if there was a part to much in it….the Chieftains, mainly Matt Molloy and Sean Keane, do a great job of it.

Re: The Galway

This tune always confuses me