The Belharbour reel

Also known as Bel Harbour, The Bel Harbour, Belharbor, Belharbor, The Belharbor, The Belharbor, The Belharbour, Bell Harbor, Bell Harbor, The Bell Harbor, The Bell Harbor, Bell Harbour, Bell Harbour, The Bell Harbour, The Bell Harbour, Bellharbor, Bellharbor, The Bellharbor, The Bellharbor, Bellharbour, Bellharbour, The Bellharbour, The Bellharbour, Dillon’s, Fisherman’s Farewell, Fisherman’s Farewell, The Fisherman’s Farewell, The Fisherman’s Farewell, Fisherman’s Return, Fisherman’s Return, The Fisherman’s Return, The Fisherman’s Return, Mulcairn’s, New Town Bridge, Newtown Bridge, Over The Bridge, Over The Bridge, Paddy Reynold’s, Paddy Reynold’s, Paddy Reynolds’, Reynold’s, Reynold’s, The Rough Road, Sailor’s Farewell, Sailor’s Farewell, The Sailor’s Farewell, The Sailor’s Farewell, Sailor’s Return, Sailor’s Return, The Sailor’s Return, The Sailor’s Return.

There are 56 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Ivy Leaf (a few times), Mulqueen’s (a few times), The Cape Breton Fiddlers’ Society’s Welcome To The Shetland Islands (a few times), The Golden Keyboard (a few times) and Marian’s Favourite (a few times).

The Belharbour has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Belharbour has been added to 181 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Belharbour
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: DG~G2 DGBd | ~g2gd egdB | A2GB A2BA |GBAF GFEF |
DG~G2 DGBd | g2gd egdB |G2 (3Bcd gedc |1 BGAF G2GE :|2 BGAF ~G2AB ||
|:dggf gGBd | g2af gfed | eaag abag |~e2ag edBc |
dggf gGBd | g2af gedB |GA (3Bcd gedc |1 BGAF ~G2GB :|2 BGAF G2GE ||
X: 2
T: The Belharbour
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:E|DG G2 DGBd|g2dg egdB|A2 AG AcBA|GBAF GFEG|
DG G2 DGB/2c/2d|gedB eBdB|GAB/2c/2d gedc|B/2c/2dAF G3:|
|:e|dggf gGB/2c/2d|gbaf gfed|eaag a2ag|eaag edBc|
dggf g2 B/2c/2d|g2 af gedB|GAB/2c/2d gedc|B/2c/2dAF G3:|
X: 3
T: The Belharbour
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
E|DG~G2 D2(3Bcd|~g2dg egdB|~A3G AcBA|GBAF GFEF|
DG~G2 D2(3Bcd|~g2dg egdB|GA(3Bcd gedc|B2AF ~G3:|:z||
dggf gd(3Bcd|g2af gfed|eaag ~a3g|eaag egdB|
dggf gd(3Bcd|g2af gedB|GA(3Bcd gedc|B2AF ~G3:|
X: 4
T: The Belharbour
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B |DGGD G2 (3Bcd | g2 dg egdB | A3 G A2 BA | GBAF GFEA |
DGGD G2 (3Bcd | g2 dg egdB | GA (3Bcd gedc | BGAF G3 :|
|: B |dggf gG (3ABc | g2 af gfed | eaag a3 g | ageg ed B2 |
dggf gG (3ABc | g2 af gedB | GA (3Bcd gedc | BGAF G3 :|
X: 5
T: The Belharbour
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: E |DG G2 DGBd | g2 dg egdB | A2 AG AcBA | GBAF GFEG |
DG G2 DG (3Bcd | gedB eBdB | GA (3Bcd gedc | (3Bcd AF G3 :|
|: e |dggf gG (3Bcd | gbaf gfed | eaag a2 ag | eaag edBc |
dggf g2 (3Bcd | g2 af gedB | GA (3Bcd gedc | (3Bcd AF G3 :|
X: 6
T: The Belharbour
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GD|:GA (3AGF G2Bd|(3gag fg dGBd|eGBd BAGB|(3ABA (3GFE D2EF|
GA (3AGF G2Bd|(3gag fg dGBd|eGBd BAGD|1 G2GB G2GD:|2 GA (3AGF G2Bc||
|:dGBd eGBd|g2bg eGBd|cecA ~B3G|(3ABA (3GFE D2Bc|
dGBd eGBd|g2bg eGBG|DGBd BAGD|1 GB (3AGF G2Bc:|2 G2GB G2||
X: 7
T: The Belharbour
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGGD ~G3A|(3Bcd gd egdc|BDGB DGBG|A2AB AGEG|
DGGD ~G3z|Bdgd (3efg dc|(3Bcd ed g2ed| g2ed BGGz
|:gd~d2 ed (3Bcd|gbaf gfef|g~d3 edBG|FGAB cdef|
g2fa gdBd|gbaf gfed|(3Bcd ed g2ed | g2ed BG3
X: 8
T: The Belharbour
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:G2 (3AGF G2 (3Bcd|g2 fg dGBd|eGBd BAGB|(3ABA (3GFE D2EF|
GA (3AGF G2 (3Bcd|g2 fg dGBd|eGBd BAGD|1 G2GB G2GD:|2 GA (3AGF G2Bc||
|:dGBd eGBd|g2bg eGBd|cecA B3G|(3ABA (3GFE D2Bc|
dGBd eGBd|g2bg eGBG|DGBd BAGD|1 GB (3AGF G2Bc:|2 G2GB G2||
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty-seven comments

Dillon’s

I learned this tune from Marcus Hearnon some years ago when he lived in London. If you’re a flute player and you haven’t heard this man play, check him out. This tune appears on the first track of a new album by called Rabharta with Marcus, brother P.J (accordian) and Don Stiffe (guitar,vovals) calling themselves Feenish". I think he may also have recorded the tune on an earlier album with Carl Hession.
This tune also appears on Kevin Crawford’s "d flute album" as "Dillon’s Fancy".

Spelling erra

Hernon is the correct spelling.

Michael Clarkson

On Belfast flute player Michael clarkson’s CD, The Far Set, this tune appears as The Bellharbour Reel. I notice, however, that there is already a different tune with that name in The Session archives, so Mr. Clarkson may have made an error.

Title confusion

This tune appears in Geraldine Cotter’s tin whistle book under the title "The Bell Harbour".
The tune entitled "The Belharbour" in these archives is the same tune. (I suspect that the correct spelling should be Bellharbour as this is a town in Co, Clare,)
The tune entitled "The Bell Harbour" also in the Session Archives is a different tune altogether. There is another title for this tune archived in the recesses of my memory, unfortunately offline at present!

The Belharbour ( The Sailor’s Return ) by Peter Woodley

T:Sailor’s Return, The
T:Paddy Reynold’s
T:Belharbour, The
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Peter Woodley
R:reel
D:Southerly Breeze
Z:g.m.p
K:G
E|DG~G2 D2(3Bcd|~g2dg egdB|~A3G AcBA|GBAF GFEF|
DG~G2 D2(3Bcd|~g2dg egdB|GA(3Bcd gedc|B2AF ~G3:|:z||
dggf gd(3Bcd|g2af gfed|eaag ~a3g|eaag egdB|
dggf gd(3Bcd|g2af gedB|GA(3Bcd gedc|B2AF ~G3:|

Not Dillon’s Fancy

I’m not finding faults of anybody’s posts, but I accidentally find a mistake in this post. I hope it will be helpful for some people.

Milesnagopaleen wrote this tune is on Kevin Crawford’s solo album as "Dillon’s Fancy", but actually it is what he recorded as Fisherman’s Farewell. Of course, Kevin might be wrong, but the point is that this is not what he plays as Dillon’s Fancy.

Well, I’m not an evil archivist, as you might think. Actually I was just looking at the pages of the tunes I need to learn. This tune was also recorded by another popular flute player Paul McGrattan, and Marcus Hernon also plays it according to Mile. (Unfortunately I’ve never heard him playing, but I know he’s a quite renowned player.) So inevitably I’m tempted to play it on the flute!

The problem is this tune has lots of different names, which is a little bit confusing. So I just want to clarify the mistake.


P.S. As pointed by Mile himself(?), another version of the tune is on this site: https://thesession.org/tunes/622

TRIPLICATE ~ brought back from the past ~ “Over the Bridge” / “The Belharbour” / etc…

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on November 2nd 2006 by dubhghaill.

T: Over The Bridge
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: G Major
|: B |
DGGD G2 (3Bcd | g2 dg egdB | A3 G A2 BA | GBAF GFEA |
DGGD G2 (3Bcd | g2 dg egdB | GA (3Bcd gedc | BGAF G3 :|
|: B |
dggf gG (3ABc | g2 af gfed | eaag a3 g | ageg ed B2 |
dggf gG (3ABc | g2 af gedB | GA (3Bcd gedc | BGAF G3 :|

~ I meant to say "back from the ‘future’" ~ I’m in a time warp…

#890 ~ “Dillon’s” / “Dillon’s Fancy” / “The Belharbour” ~ for comparison’s sake

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on August 13th 2002 by milesnagopaleen.

K: G Major
|: E |
DG G2 DGBd | g2 dg egdB | A2 AG AcBA | GBAF GFEG |
DG G2 DG (3Bcd | gedB eBdB | GA (3Bcd gedc | (3Bcd AF G3 :|
|: e |
dggf gG (3Bcd | gbaf gfed | eaag a2 ag | eaag edBc |
dggf g2 (3Bcd | g2 af gedB | GA (3Bcd gedc | (3Bcd AF G3 :|

"I learned this tune from Marcus Hernon some years ago when he lived in London. If you’re a flute player and you haven’t heard this man play, check him out. This tune appears on the first track of a new album by called Rabharta with Marcus, brother P.J (accordian) and Don Stiffe (guitar,vovals) calling themselves Feenish". I think he may also have recorded the tune on an earlier album with Carl Hession. This tune also appears on Kevin Crawford’s "d flute album" as "Dillon’s Fancy"."

# Posted on August 13th 2002 by milesnagopaleen

Actually Nox you were right ~ 4 Xs…

The Belharbour Reel

I always associated this tune with concertina player Chris Droney who actually lives in Belharbour, near Kinvara in north Clare.
He played it on his first album back in the 60s called, if I remember rightly, The Flowing Tide However, it would seem from all the comments that the tune might have a longer lineage than I thought.

Me too murfbox, a great dance musician and dancer. Yes, it is on his album "The Flowing Tide", one of my favourites…along with the rest of his recordings…

This isn’t the belharbour that John Carty plays on "At it again". His is the hornpipe and I am looking for the dots. Anyone have a clue??

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Bellharbour hornpipe

is here:

https://thesession.org/tunes/6456

not quite the same as John Carty’s version, but close enough for a start (he doesn’t play it the same way twice anyway)

Clarification or more mud? Years later….

The tune tha KC plays on D’flute that he calls Fisherman’s Farewell is known as The Bellharbor Reel - so called by Chris Droney.
The tune that Kevin calls Dillon’s Fancy is in fact Dillon’s Fancy.
He did not record Dillon’s Fancy as Fisherman’s Farewell. They are different tunes, though they are similar.

Not a Croney composition

I wrote to Chris Droney to ask if he had composed this one, and he replied that he had not and wasn’t sure how the "Bellharbour" title got attached to it on his "Flowing Tide" CD. Martin Mulhaire recorded it c. 1960 on a 78 rpm disc as "Paddy O’Brien’s," but in Eileen O’Brien’s book of her father’s tunes, it appears as "Paddy Reynolds’." I know Paddy didn’t compose it as the only tune he ever took credit for was a reel he called "The Rakes of Drumlish." So the origin remains a mystery.

This tune also appears on Kevin Crawford’s “d flute album” as “Dillon’s Fancy”.”

"This tune also appears on Kevin Crawford’s "d flute album" as "Dillon’s Fancy"." "
— sorry, no — these are two different tunes.

Belharbour Hornpipe, The Liam O´Flynn´s version

X:66
T:Belharbour Hornpipe, The
R:hornpipe
N:Bar 1 also played |G2GB G2Bd|
D:Sean Keane, Matt Molloy, Liam O’Flynn: The Fire Aflame
Z:id:hn-hornpipe-66
M:C|
K:G
GD|:GA (3AGF G2Bd|(3gag fg dGBd|eGBd BAGB|(3ABA (3GFE D2EF|
GA (3AGF G2Bd|(3gag fg dGBd|eGBd BAGD|1 G2GB G2GD:|2 GA (3AGF G2Bc||
|:dGBd eGBd|g2bg eGBd|cecA ~B3G|(3ABA (3GFE D2Bc|
dGBd eGBd|g2bg eGBG|DGBd BAGD|1 GB (3AGF G2Bc:|2 G2GB G2||

This tune also appears on Kevin Crawford’s “d flute album”

not as "Dillon’s Fancy" but as "Fisherman’s Farewell"

One of these session staple tunes that become more and more insipid with time..

One of these session tunes that become more and more insipid with every passing of session time..

Insipid?

It’s not the tune that is insipid but the playing of the tune. If you’re bored with the tune it isn’t the tune itself that is boring you, so much as your playing of the tune.