The Connemara Stockings reel

Also known as Boston Rattlers’, Connamara Stockings, The Connemara Stocking, The Galway, Hobb’s Favourite, Kilrush Races, The North West, Redican’s, Úlla Geimhridh, Winter Apples.

There are 46 recordings of this tune.

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The Connemara Stockings appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Connemara Stockings has been added to 27 tune sets.

The Connemara Stockings has been added to 184 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Connemara Stockings
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
g2fg edBA|GABG AGED|GABd eaag|1 fdef gbaf:|2 fdef gdef||
gbef gbe2|fade fad2|gbef gfed|Bded Bded|
ebba b2ag|faab ~a3f|gbag fagf|edef gdef||
X: 2
T: The Connemara Stockings
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2 cd BAFE|DE{FG}FD {EF}EDB,A,|DEFA {c}BAed|1 cABc dABc:|2 cABc d2 Bc||
{d}cBFB dBfB|cAEA cAec|dBFB {d}cBfB|dcAc ~B3 c|
d2 {g}fe fded|caec ABcA|~d3 A ~c3 A|~B3 c dAFA||
X: 3
T: The Connemara Stockings
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:g2fg edBA|GABG AGEF|G2Bd eaag|1 fdef gaba:|2 fdef ~g3f||
gbef gbeg|fade fadf|gbef gbeg|fedf e2ed|
ebba b2ag|faab afdf|gabg f2af|edef gfef||
X: 4
T: The Connemara Stockings
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3def|g2 fd edBA|GABG AGEF|GFGA BABd|(3efg af gfed|
g2 fd edBA|GABG AGEF|GFGA BABd|(3efg af g2 ef||
(3gab eg b2 ag|(3fga df a2 gf|(3gab eg b2 ag|(3fga df e2 ef|
g b2 b b2 ag|f a2 a a2 gf|(3gag bg (3fgf af|edef gbaf||
X: 5
T: The Connemara Stockings
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
g2fg edBA|G2BG AGED|GABd eaag|1 fdef gbaf:|2 fdef g2ef||
gbef gbeg|f2df f2df|gbef gfeg|fedf e3f|
ebba b2ag|faag afdf|~g3g faaf|edef gfef||
# Added by DomW .
X: 6
T: The Connemara Stockings
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
c2Bc AGED|C2EC DG,B,D|C2EG Addc|BGAB cedB|
c2Bc AGED|C2EC DG,B,D|C2EG Addc|BGAB c2ed||
ceAe ceAd|BdGd BdGd|ceAe ceAd|BGdB A2AG|
Aeed e2dc|Bdde dGAB|c2ec BgdB|AGAB cedB||

Sixteen comments

This is the Tune that is played under the names Redican’s & The Galway Reel around my way. To avoid more confusion i listed under the name that it shows up as in Bulmer & Sharpley’s. Will are you sure you didn’t mean to post this tune?

Hey Brad,
This is the tune in O’Neill’s (I like your setting better). I’ve never gotten this one solidly into my bag of tunes because I’d rather play Ships Are Sailing (essentially the same B Part).

I’ve seen a slew of tunes that go by “The Galway Reel,” and almost as many under Redican’s. Maybe we could post them all. The “Galway Reel” I posted earlier is one of the more unusual tunes by that name, which is why I gave it.

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Connemara Stockings

This is the first reel in the Kilfenora Reel set which is very popular in Clare down the years; the set was played by the great Kilfenora Ceili Band of the fifties (they took 3 successive All-Ireland titles in 1954, 1955 & 1956) and is also a favourite with the pesent Kilfenora Band who took the All-Ireland title in 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Similar Tune

A vaiation of this called The Cunnamulla Stocking Jig is used in Australia for the dance the Flying Pieman.

to make it slightly less like Ships are Sailing in the Bpart try this variation “gfcd gfcd” instead of “fade fad2”

Randal Bays setting in D

Just got back from three days of workshops at the Goderich Festival, and took a class on guitar/fiddle with Randal Bays & Daíthí Sproule. Randal played this tune down in D (Daíthí was in DADGAD) and here’s a bit transcribed from my recordings. Some interesting twists but staying true to a lovely tune.

T: Connemara Stockings
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: D
S: Randal Bays, Goderich Ontario 2007
|: d2 cd BAFE | DE{FG}FD {EF}EDB,A, | DEFA {c}BAed |1 cABc dABc :|2 cABc d2 Bc |
{d}cBFB dBfB | cAEA cAec | dBFB {d}cBfB | dcAc ~B3 c |
d2 {g}fe fded | caec ABcA | ~d3 A ~c3 A | ~B3 c dAFA |]

An older source

Actually, this tune appears (set in the key of D) twice in the 1883 “Ryan’s Mammoth Collection” under the no-longer-familiar titles ‘Hobb’s Favorite’ and ‘Boston Rattlers’. It was apparently a well-known tune back in the nineteenth century. Many of the tunes in the Ryan book were picked up by O’Neill and retitled to become the tunes as we know them today.

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Blackthorne reels

me and my buddy play this as the second in the blackthorne reels set on past masters of irish dance…

The Kilfenora Set

Gary Shannon & Musicians / Dancers in Tokyo:

Gary comments: “An interesting night for me. Surreal - a session in Tokyo in an Irish bar with 13 Japanese musicians and 8 Japanese doing the Plain Set while Willie Week happens 6,000 miles away! I hope to go back!”

It’s a great shame that I can’t tell you which musician I am and which girl I fancy….

The Quebecois play it too

Finally, a few years ago we found the name to this cheerful tune which has been completing several French Canadian bands’ tune sets at least since we first heard Eritage play it….Now it’s in our repertoire as well. Cheers to the Kilfenora Ceili Band!

The Connemara Stockings, X:6

Paddy O’Brien’s setting in C, on his album Mixing the Punch. This reel is never played in C in sessions but I love the setting of the second part and I was too lazy to transpose it in G ^^ (also, it sounds really well on the fiddle or on the concertina when reaching the lower notes.)