The Shaskeen reel

Also known as Ballinakill Shaskeen, Seas Cinn.

There are 112 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Liffey Banks (lots of times), The Bag Of Spuds (lots of times), Eileen Curran (lots of times) and Morrison’s (a few times).

The Shaskeen has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Shaskeen has been added to 346 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Shaskeen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
E | DG~G2 AGAB | cded cAAc | BG~G2 AF~F2 | GBAG FD~D2 |
DG~G2 AGAB | cded cAAg | f2fe fdcA | BGAF G~G2 :|
B | dggf g2fg | abag fddc | BG~G2 AF~F2 | GBAG FDD |
|1 B| dggf g2fg | abag fddc | BG~G2 AF~F2 | GBAF G~G2 :|
|2 A | BG~G2 cA~A2 | d^cde dcAg | ~f2fe fdcA | BGAF G3 ||
X: 2
T: The Shaskeen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
E|DG~G2 ABcA|dfed cA~A2|BdBG ~A3F|GBAG FDDE|
DG~G2 ABcA|dfed cAAe|f2de fdcA|AGFA ~G3:|
B|dggf g2fg|~a3g fdde|~f3d egfg|abag fddc|
dggf g2fg|~a3g fdde|f2de fdcA|AGFA ~G3B|
dggf g2fg|~a3g fdde|~f3d egfg|abag fddc|
~B3G ~A3F|GBAG FDDe|f2de fdcA|AGFA ~G3||
B|dggf g2fg|abag fddc|BdBG ~A3F|GBAG FDDB|
dggf g2fg|~a3g fdde|f2de fdcA|AGFA ~G3B|
dggf g2fg|abag fddc|BdBG ~A3F|GBAG FDDA|
BG~G2 AF~F2|dfed cAAe|f2de fdcA|AGFA ~G3||
X: 3
T: The Shaskeen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B | dg ~g2 ~g3 f | ~a3 g fd ~d2 | BG ~G2 AF ~F2 | ~G3 A FD ~D2 | ~ :-P
X: 4
T: The Shaskeen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|DG~G2 AB{d}cA|dfed cA~A2|(3.B.c.B BG (3A.c.A AF|GBAF GFEF|
DG~G2 ABcA|dfed cA de|(3.f.g.a eg fdcA|AGFA ~G3B|
|DG~G2 {d}~A2 (3.A.B.c|dzed cA~A2|~B3d (3A.c.A AF|GBAF GFEF|
DG~G2 ABcA|dfed cA de|(3.f.g.f eg fdcA|AGFA ~G2zB||
|dg{a}gf {a}g2(3.e.f.g|abag fdcA|~(3.B.c.B BG (3A.c.A AF|GBAF GFED|
dg{a}gf {a}g2(3.e.f.g|abag fd.d2|(3.f.g.f eg fdcA|AGFA G2 zB|
|dg{a}gf {a}g2(3.e.f.g|abag fdcA|~B3G ~A3 F|GBAF GFED|
BG~G2 ABcA|dfed cA de|(3.f.g.f eg fdcA|AGFA ~G2zB||
X: 5
T: The Shaskeen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DG~G2 ABcA|~d2ed cAAd|B2BG ABAF|~G2AG FDdB|
dG~G2 ABBA|d2ed cAag|~f2fd edcA|1AGFA ~G2G2:|2AGFA ~G2Gc||
dggf g2fg|abag fdde|~f2fa g2fg|abag fddB|
dggf g2fg|abag fdde|~f2fd edcA|AGFA ~G2GB|
dggf g2fg|abag fdde|~f2fa g2fg|abag fddc|
~B2BG ABAF|~G2AG FD (3cde|f2fd edcA|AGFA ~G2Gc||
X: 6
T: The Shaskeen
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG G2 AGAB | cded cAAc | BG G2 AF F2 | GBAG FD D2 |
DG G2 AGAB | cded cAAg | f3e fdcA |1 GBAF G3F :|2GBAF G3B||
|:dggf g2fg | abag fddc | BG G2 AF F2 | GBAG FD D2 |
dggf g2fg | abag fddc | BG G2 AF F2 | GBAF G3B |
dggf g2fg | abag fddc | BG G2 AF F2 | GBAG FD D2 |
BG G2 cA A2 | d^cde dcAg | f3e fdcA | BGAF G3F ||
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty-two comments

This is a tune I learned off "The Mountain Road: A Compilation of Tunes Popular in South Sligo" CD. It’s one of my most favorite tunes.

Shaskeen

I agree with Josh - one of the most melodic reels ever composed, and one which plays well on any traditional instrument. Also one of the few tunes which I have never heard called by any other name.

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Yepp…

With a name like "Shaskeen," who’d want to call it by another name?

An Seasguin (which, of course is pronounced Shaskeen) - apparently it’s a river, or at least a tributary of the River Shannon.

In the third last bar, something about that C# makes me want to play the other C in that bar as a C natural, instead of waiting for the next bar. Does anyone play it this way?

The Shaskeen

The very first bar of the tune is rarely played as in Josh’s transcription. Here’s another version, inspired by Mike Rafferty’s flute playing:

K: Gmaj
E|DG~G2 ABcA|dfed cA~A2|BdBG ~A3F|GBAG FDDE|
DG~G2 ABcA|dfed cAAe|f2de fdcA|AGFA ~G3:|
B|dggf g2fg|~a3g fdde|~f3d egfg|abag fddc|
dggf g2fg|~a3g fdde|f2de fdcA|AGFA ~G3B|
dggf g2fg|~a3g fdde|~f3d egfg|abag fddc|
~B3G ~A3F|GBAG FDDe|f2de fdcA|AGFA ~G3||

The second part sometimes has a different structure like this:

B|dggf g2fg|abag fddc|BdBG ~A3F|GBAG FDDB|
dggf g2fg|~a3g fdde|f2de fdcA|AGFA ~G3B|
dggf g2fg|abag fddc|BdBG ~A3F|GBAG FDDA|
BG~G2 AF~F2|dfed cAAe|f2de fdcA|AGFA ~G3||

Shaskeen Reel

Slainte’s setting is the one I’m also most familiar with, and it is a great reel whichever way it’s played. My Love is in America follows it very well - I think it’s a Miltown thing as I remember the combination being played a few times at Willie Clancy some years ago.

The Symbols

Ok, I dont know that much about sheet music seeing as I’ve been reading notes in abc form most my life, and not like how it is done on this site, so can someone explain to me what the " ~ " symbol above some of the notes means? Thanks.

~ roll on Columbia, roll on, and on, and on, ad nauseum :-/

It’s a tilde and is used to show an ornament, in our case showing an opportunity to execute any of many ways to play a ‘roll’. They should only be interpreted as suggestive rather than prescriptive. In the many given in this transcription, what I’d call overkill, they would by many be interpreted as a basic form of a ‘long rolls’… Most tunes could be abused into a succession of rolls, and sadly some folks seem to get their kicks out of beating a good melody to death by that means of torture…

Actually, this transcription ain’t that bad. It could have been a lot worse, for example ~ the first few bars of the B-part:

B | dg ~g2 ~g3 f | ~a3 g fd ~d2 | BG ~G2 AF ~F2 | ~G3 A FD ~D2 | ~ :-P

Unusual

This tune comes across as unusual when first begining with it on the whistle/flute. Hard to get the head around it.

Hornpipe?

Is there a hornpipe version of the shaskeen and if so can someone tell me where I can find it on the web?

The Shaskeen Reel

I like the setting in the book Through the half door by the band Shaskeen. They note it is very similar to The tune the Shaskeen Clog found in O’Neill’s under the hornpipe section.

The Shaskeen Reel

There’s a great book called the Otherworld, Music and Song From the Irish Tradition, which says the tune is also called Port na Sióg (the Tune of the Fairies), could be from the Aran Islands or Galway with this name.

X:4

Pipes version as teached at Willy Clancy School 1993 by Sean Talty.
each part is written down twice to show some variations.

Recordings …

This tune was recorded twice by Michael Coleman under that name.

Setting #5

came out of Gabriel O’Sullivan’s flute (1979).