Johnnie McIljohn’s reel

Also known as Johnnie McIljohn’s No.2, Johnny McIljohn’s, Johnny McIljohn’s #2, Johnny McIlJohn’s No. 2, Johnny McIljohn’s No.2.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Johnnie McIljohn's has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Johnnie McIljohn's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|dB|:~G3F GBdB|~G3B AGED|1 ~G3F GABd|
eBdB AcBA:|2 ~G3F GA B/c/d|eBdB A3B||
eBdB AcBA:|2 ~G3F GA B/c/d|eBdB A3B||

Nine comments

Another tune which has come back to me in the past few days. It’s a simple, but energetic little tune for the whistle. I learned it from the TV – from one of those hour-long All Ireland Fleadh highlights – way, way back in the days when RTE was still broadcasting in black and white (or maybe we still hadn’t got a colour telly) and the Fleadh seemed to be permanently based in Listowel, admittedly a great location for it. Apart from the TV performers, I have never heard it played by anyone but myself, so I doubt if it is already here, though I have dutifully done the required search. I have forgotten who those musicians were, but they played it to quite startling effect – the man (presumably the father) lilted the tune while providing a continuous drone from his button accordion and the two youngsters (presumably his kids) belted it out at a right good clip on the whistles. It has remained an indelible impression from my earliest days as a beginning tin whistle player though it took me a good while before I could play it as well and as fast as the kids on the TV.

Nice tune.

LongNote - Your note groupings look a little odd. This should give better results when converted to sheet music (although the sheet music on this page can’t be changed now):

dB|: ~G3F GBdB|~G3B AGED|1 ~G3F GABd|
eBdB AcBA:|2 ~G3F GAB/c/d|eBdB A3B||
|GB ~B2 GBdB|GB ~B2 A2 BA|1 GB ~B2 GABd|
eBdB AcBA:|2 ~G3F GAB/c/d|eBdB A3B||

You are correct and I will change it. Looked OK in my pre-cut-and-paste original, so I’m not sure what happened. I always put the ABCs through the old Tune-O-Tron before submitting them to hear if they sound right. I rarely look at the sheetmusic. I can’t read it or write it and taught myself to write ABC only in the past year in response to some students’ requests for notation of the tunes as I play them. I maybe f-ed something up this time.

You shouldn’t drink and notate… tunes could get hurt.

… I would also call it G major, not A dorian. To me, the fact that it ends on an A (ignoring the B, which is really an anacrusis and belongs before bars 1 and 5) is just indicative of the fact that it is a cyclic tune. Much of the tune centres on a G major triad. But this is open to interpretation. As far as notation goes, it makes no difference, anyway.

I mean the A-part of this is

Also similarities to parts of Joe Liddy’s Red Whitehorn