Dolly’s Hill reel

Also known as Eddie Kelly’s.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Dolly’s Hill has been added to 1 tune set.

Dolly's Hill has been added to 18 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Dolly's Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DC|:A,DDC DEFG|ABcd edcA|ceef e/f/edc|AecA GECE|
A,DDC DEFG|ABcd edcA|ceef e/f/edc|1 ABGE FDD/C/D:|2 ABGE FDDc||
|:d/e/dAd BdAc|d/e/dAd BAGF|Eeef e/f/e/^d/e=d|cAec AecA|
X: 2
T: Dolly's Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
BG|:EDDC DEFG|ABcd edcB|ceed efed|ABcA GECE|
EDDC DEFG|ABcd edcB|ceed efed|1 ABGE FDDG:|2 ABGE D2Bc||
|:d2Ad FdDc|d2Ad FdGA|Beed efed|cAed cABc|
d2Ad FdDF|B,DA,D B,DA,D|EFGA Bced|1 cAGE FDAc:|2 cAGE FDBG||
X: 3
T: Dolly's Hill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGGF GABc|defg agfd|faab a2 gf|dafd cAFA|
DGGF GABc|defg agfd|faab a2 gf|1 decA AGGF:|2 decA AGGf||
g2 dg Bgdg|Gggd edcB|Aaag abag|fdaf dafd|
g2 dc BAGF|G2 DG EGDG|FGAB ceag|1 fdcA AGGf:|2 fdcA AG G2||
# Added by Kenny .

Eight comments

Despite the numerous tunes here also known as Brady’s, this one is different than all of them. I searched high and low to make sure it wasn’t already here, even consulting a few veterans who could not name it, nor had they ever heard it.

It was transcribed from a live recording I snagged a few years ago, but I didn’t post it for lack of a name. I finally crossed paths with the box player I originally heard playing it and got the name this time. This tune is one of my top 10 favorites.

Paddy O’Neill had another name for it although it eludes me now.

Name Change!

Apparently, this one isn’t Brady’s after all…although the real name doesn’t remove it’s ambiguity: There are a billion tunes called “Eddie Kelly’s” as well.

To make matters worse, the source for this tune is from the CD “The Kitchen Recordings” by Larry Egan and Sean O’Driscoll, on which they play it in a different key, or tuned up a full step, or some damned permutation I’m too ignorant to fully understand; and, adding to the quagmire of understanding, it is played in a set of three tunes, Eddie Kelly’s/The Culfada/Eddie Kelly’s, the last tune being completely different than the first, but bearing the same moniker, by God.

Nevertheless, I’ll leave it as is since this is the way it’s played in Philadelphia.

New setting

OK, because I’m anal retentive, a huge pain in the arse, and obsessed with this tune, I took the O’Driscoll recording, transcribed it and transposed down by two intervals–by a step, I hope–and came up with the new, session-friendly setting in D that is now the primary version. My original rough version is here:

X: 1
T: Eddie Kelly’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
BG |: EDDC DEFG | ABcd edcB | ceed efed | ABcA GECE |
EDDC DEFG | ABcd edcB | ceed efed |1 ABGE FDDG :|2 ABGE D2Bc||
|: d2Ad FdDc | d2Ad FdGA | Beed efed | cAed cABc |
d2Ad FdDF | B,DA,D B,DA,D | EFGA Bced |1 cAGE FDAc :|2 cAGE FDBG ||


Just as well I checked - I transposed it into “G”.

DGGF GABc | defg agfd | faab a2 gf | dafd cAFA |
DGGF GABc | defg agfd | faab a2 gf |1 decA AGGF :|2 decA AGGf |
g2 dg Bgdg | Gggd edcB | Aaag abag | fdaf dafd |
g2 dc BAGF | G2 DG EGDG | FGAB ceag |1 fdcA AGGf :|2 fdcA AG G2 |

Here’s what I would have commented :

From “The Kitchen Recordings”, by Sean O’Driscoll and Larry Egan. I came unstuck with “Bill Maley’s”, trying to stick to the key they play tunes in – they must be tuned to round about “E” on the recording – so I’ve tried the traditional way, get the tune in the head and put it into a more “sociable” key, in this case it sounds very much to me to be a reel which should be in “G”. It’s associations with Eddie Kelly are unclear, and possibly dubious, especially since there’s another reel, [ the 3rd in the same set, ] attributed to him on the recording which is in fact “The Lilies In The Field”

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Sorry - the 2nd “Eddie Kelly’s” on track 3 - ie the 3rd reel in the set is this :

by Ian Stevenson.
[ The Lilies… is on the 4th track ].

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Re: Dolly’s Hill

Named in Eilis Crean’s collection of Eddie Kelly tunes.