Dillon Brown reel

Also known as Dillon Brown’s, Willie Clancy’s Mountain Top.

There are 23 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Charlie Mulvihill’s (a few times), Master McDermott’s (a few times) and The Plough And The Stars (a few times).

Dillon Brown has been added to 2 tune sets.

Dillon Brown has been added to 34 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Dillon Brown
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGAG EGDG | BGAG cedc | BGAG EGDE | GBAG EGG2 :|
Bddf egdc | Bddf efg2 | Bddf egdc | BGAG EGG2 |
Bddf egdc | Bddf efg2 | gfge dcBd | cABG EGG2 ||
X: 2
T: Dillon Brown
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGAG EGDG | BGAB cedc | BGAG EGDE | GBAG EG~G2 :|
Bddg efdc | Bddg eg~g2 | Bddg efdB | cABG EGG2 |
Bddg efdc | Bddg eg~g2 | bage d2Bd | cABG EGG2 ||
X: 3
T: Dillon Brown
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGAG EGDG|BGAB cedc|BGAG EGDE|GBAG EG~G2|
GBAG EGDG|BGAB cedc|BGAG EGDE|GBAG EG~G2||
~B3d edgd|edgd eggd|~B3d edgd|cABG EG~G2|
~B3d edgd|edgd egga|bage dgBd|cABG EG~G2||
X: 4
T: Dillon Brown
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGAG EGDG|BGAB cedc|BGAG EGDc|BGAG EGGA|
BGAG ED D2|BGAB cedc|BGAG EGDc|dBAG EG G2||
B3d edgd|edgd eggd|B3d edgd|cABG EG G2|
B3d edgd|edgd egga|bage dgBd|cABG EG G2||
# Added by JACKB .

Seven comments

Dillon Brown

I first heard this one while I was a student living in Portrush/NI. Years later I found it in a dance tune collection in a Hamburg library. I also found exactly the same in the JC tunefinder. I am aware that there are some similarities with "The Mountain Top", still I think it is a different tune. If someone knows this one under a really different title, I´d be happy to learn. The same goes for recordings.

Here is Mick O’Brien and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh’s version from Kitty Lie Over - just a few notes different from the one posted.

M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
BGAG EGDG | BGAG cedc | BGAG EGDE | GBAG EG~G2 :|
Bddg efdc | Bddg eg~g2 | Bddf efdB | cABG EGG2 |
Bddg efdc | Bddg eg~g2 | bage d2Bd | cABG EGG2 ||

BTW, for consistency’s sake, the two G2s in bars 8 &12 of the O’Brien & O’Raghallaigh version should have had ~s before them.

But, because of where they fall in the tune, the rolls could just as well be omitted altogether.

Another thing - they play it together on two B whistles, so it actually sounds in E.

Dillon Brown

Kevin O’Reilly writes: "Willie Clancy played this beautiful version of The Mountain Top for a collector called Chris Delaney in the early 1970s (you can get copies of his tapes from the University of North Carolina in America). Peter Laban found it in O’Neill’s 1001 #527 with the name Dillon Brown. I know of two recent recordings of it - Enda Ó Catháin’s fine CD Ó inné go inniú (under the title Willie Clancy’s), and the McCarthy’s on The Family Album."

Dillon Brown

Here’s a nice version of the tune from the box playing of Peter Carberry:

BGAG EGDG|BGAB cedc|BGAG EGDE|GBAG EG~G2|
GBAG EGDG|BGAB cedc|BGAG EGDE|GBAG EG~G2||
~B3d edgd|edgd eggd|~B3d edgd|cABG EG~G2|
~B3d edgd|edgd egga|bage dgBd|cABG EG~G2||

He cites the late Mayo box / flute player Dermot Grogan as the source. It’s very similar to Willie Clancy’s version of it transcribed above.