The Bantry Lasses reel

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Bantry Lasses has been added to 1 tune set.

The Bantry Lasses has been added to 84 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Bantry Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE|:(3FFF AF DFAF|G2 FG EFGE|F2 FE DFAB|
|=cAGE EDDF|(3AAA AF DFAF|G2 FG EFGE|
|F2 FE DFAd|1 cAGE EDDE:|2 cAGE EDDB|
|:Addc dfed|(3Bcd ef gefd|Addc dfed|
cAGE EDDB|Addc dfed|(3Bcd ef g2 ge|
~f3d efed|1 cAGE EDDB:|2 cAGE EDDE|
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X: 2
T: The Bantry Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: ~F3E DF~F2 | G2FG EGAG | ~F3E D2Ad | cAGE EDD2 |
~F3E DF~F2 | G2FG EGAG | ~F3E D2Ad | cAGE EDD2 :|
|: Addc d3A | (3Bcd ef gfed | Addc deed | cAGE EDD2 |
Addc d3A | (3Bcd ef gfge | fgfd efed | cAGE EDD2 :|
X: 3
T: The Bantry Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: ~F3E DFAF | G2FG EFGE | ~F3E D2Dd | cAGE EDDF |
A2FD DFAF | G2FG EFGE | ~F3E D2Ad | cAGE EDD2 :|
|: Addc dfed | (3Bcd ef gfed | Addc d2ed | cAGE EDD2 |
Addc dfed | (3Bcd ef ~g3e | ~f3d efed | cAGE EDD2 :|
X: 4
T: The Bantry Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: ~F3E DFAF | G2FG EFGE | ~F3E D2Dd | cAGE EDDF |
A2FD DFAF | G2FG EFGE | ~F3E D2Dd | cAGE EDD2 :|
|: Addc dfed | cdef gfed | Addc d2ed | cAGE EDD2 |
Addc dfed | (3Bcd ef ~g3e | ~f3d efed | cAGE EDD2 :|
X: 5
T: The Bantry Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFFE DFAF | G2FG EFGE | F3E DFAB | =cAGE EDDF |
(3ABA FD DFAF | G2FG EFGE | F3E DFAd | cAGE ED D2 :|
|:Addc dfed | (3Bcd ef gefd | Addc dfed | cAGE ED D2 |
Addc dfed | (3Bcd ef g3 e | f3d efed | cAGE ED D2 :|

Nine comments

The Bantry Lasses

I learned this initially from the dots in Matt Cranitch’s fiddle tutor, but the setting here is a little different—the result of noodling on it for a week or so (and me playing nothing like Mr. Cranitch).

Nothing too spectacular here, just a solid little D reel, the sort that blends well into the skein of tunes at a session. I like the one c natural in the A part, for just a touch of that mixolydian feel. Thanks to that, Bantry Lasses would lead well into Rakish Paddy, The Bank of Ireland, or Nine Points of Roguery, eh?

There are lots of obvious places to throw triplets, rolls, or other ornaments in the tune, but it also sounds good just straight. One minor variation I sometimes do for the 2nd measure of the A Part is to play: |GAFG EFGE| or |BAGF EFGE|.

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Bantry Lasses

I think you under-rate this reel, Will. I heard it for the first time a week ago. It’s the first tune on a new CD by Jimmy Noonan & Chris McGrath, (The Maple Leaf) and it immediately made me sit up and take notice. A lovely melodic reel, which the guys play very well. There is a setting of it in O’Neill’s, and I think it will be turning up in sessions very soon.

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Don’t get me wrong Kenny, I really like Bantry Lasses…on fiddle at least it just rolls off the bow and fingers, and it completes itself better than most tunes—a strong structure and—you’re right—nice melody line. Kind of along the lines of The Cameronian (another of my favorites).

On the other hand, it doesn’t exactly grab me by the adrenal gland the way, say, Toss the Feathers does, or Rakish Paddy. And that’s a good thing, because otherwise all we’d have are adrenalin tunes and cry in your beer songs.

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The Bantry Lasses by Jimmy Noonan

T:Bantry Lasses, The
M:C|
L:1/8
S:Jimmy Noonan - Maple Leaf_irish traditional music from boston
R:reel
Z:gmp
K:D
|: ~F3E D~F3 | G2FG EGAG | ~F3E D2Ad | cAGE EDD2 |
~F3E D~F3 | G2FG EGAG | ~F3E D2Ad | cAGE EDD2 :|
|: Addc d3A | (3Bcd ef gfed | Addc deed | cAGE EDD2 |
Addc d3A | (3Bcd ef gfge | fgfd efed | cAGE EDD2 :|

ABC point

Gian, thanks for posting this setting, I love the tunes on this CD. This might seem nit-picky, but whenever I hear ornaments like what happens on the second F#, (at the end of the first bar,) I write it like this: ~F3E DF~F2 as opposed to your way ~F3E D~F3 The reason is that it seems to capture the nature of the triplet that is indicated. The way you have it gives it a syncopation that isn’t really there. I’m no authority on abc transcriptions, it’s just a thought.

Scottish tune categories

Hello,

would it be possible to add Scottish categories like 2/4 marches, 6/8 marches etc.? Donald MacLean’s Farewell To Oban for example is a 2/4 march. Not a barndance.

Thank you and best regards!
Mark

The Bantry Lasses, X:5

Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. A bit like X:1 in that it has that C natural, giving it that mixolydian feel and also it’s pretty well identical to Matt’s Irish Fiddle Book version. I wouldn’t mind betting this version (and maybe X:1) originated in that book.