The Raphoe reel

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Raphoe has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Raphoe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
d2AG ~=F3D|E2CE DE=FG|Ad~d2 de=fd|e=faf ec~c2|
ef~f2 g2ed|(3B^cd ed =cAGE|DEFG Adde|1 cAGE EDFA:|2 cAGE EDDG||
|:ECEG FDFA|~d3e fdAd|~g3a ge^ce|a^ged ^cAGE|
Dd~d2 de=fd|AcBd cAGc|AGEA BcAG|1 EDCE D3G:|2 EDCE DEFA||
X: 2
T: The Raphoe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
^cdAG E~=F2D|E2CE DE=FG|Ad~d2 de=fd|e=faf ec~c2|
e~f2f g2ed|(3B^cd ed =cAGE|DE (3FFG Adde|cAGE EDCA,|
[G3D3]D E2DC|DccB ~c3B|Ad~d2 de=fd|e=faf ec~c2|
e~f2f g2ed|(3B^cd ed =cAGE|DE (3FFG Adde|cAGE EDDG||
|:ECEG FDFA|~d3e fdAd|f~g2a ge^ce|a^ged ^cAGE|
Dd~d2 de=fd|AcBd cAGc|AGEA BcAG|1 EDCE D3G:|2 EDCE DEFA||
X: 3
T: The Raphoe
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emix
e2BA ~=G3E|F2DF EF=GA|Be~e2 ef=ge|f=gbg fd~d2|
fg~g2 a2fe|(3cde fe dBAF|EFGA Beef|1 dBAF FEGB:|2 dBAF FEEA||
|:FDFA GEGB|~e3f geBe|~a3b af^df|b^afe ^dBAF|
Ee~e2 ef=ge|Bdce dBAd|BAFB cdBA|1 FEDF E3A:|2 FEDF EFGB||

Six comments

The Raphoe

…In answer to lots of requests for this tune from session.org members, and no wonder - it’s an incredible tune.

This setting is based on the playing of Martin McGinley on Dervish’s "Boys Of Sligo" hard-to-obtain CD. I had a really hard time transcribing his playing into abc because a) he does a lot of different things with ornamentation, most noticeably very short, crisp rolls and exciting bowed triplets in places where many fiddlers wouldn’t think to put them, and b) he varies his intonation by deliberately playing quarter tones to blur the distinction between the mixolydian and dorian modes.

There’s another transcription of this online, which you can find at Norbeck’s index. There are a couple of errors in Norbeck’s setting, most notably the omission of a really nice G# in bar 4 of the B-part, and a botched bar 7 of the B-part. He chose to transcribe in Ddor. I’ve chosen Dmix, but it doesn’t matter anyway - the tune is half and half.

Here’s a more detailed transcription of the sort of thing MG does with the tune, including a really nice variation he puts in 3rd time through:

X: 1
T: Raphoe, The
S: Martin McGinley (Dervish - "Boys Of Sligo")
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
^cdAG E~=F2D|E2CE DE=FG|Ad~d2 de=fd|e=faf ec~c2|
e~f2f g2ed|(3B^cd ed =cAGE|DE (3FFG Adde|cAGE EDCA,|
[G3D3]D E2DC|DccB ~c3B|Ad~d2 de=fd|e=faf ec~c2|
e~f2f g2ed|(3B^cd ed =cAGE|DE (3FFG Adde|cAGE EDDG||
|:ECEG FDFA|~d3e fdAd|f~g2a ge^ce|a^ged ^cAGE|
Dd~d2 de=fd|AcBd cAGc|AGEA BcAG|1 EDCE D3G:|2 EDCE DEFA||

The Cnats in bars 6 & 8 of the A-part, and bar 8 of the B-part are often a quarter tone sharp. The Fs in bars 2 and 5 of the B-part are most often a quarter tone sharp, but sometimes he chooses one or the other - nat or sharp, so I’ve gone with what sounds ok on an instrument with fixed intonation. Enjoy.

MG should have been MM. That’s not Michael Gill 🙂

Very nice one though I don’t think I can play it as a mediocre keyless flute player. Scots band Deaf Shepherd recorded both jig and reel versions on their second album.

jig version eh? 😉

slainte try this one:
K:Emix
e2BA ~=G3E|F2DF EF=GA|Be~e2 ef=ge|f=gbg fd~d2|
fg~g2 a2fe|(3cde fe dBAF|EFGA Beef|1 dBAF FEGB:|2 dBAF FEEA||
|:FDFA GEGB|~e3f geBe|~a3b af^df|b^afe ^dBAF|
Ee~e2 ef=ge|Bdce dBAd|BAFB cdBA|1 FEDF E3A:|2 FEDF EFGB||

Re: The Raphoe

I believe this tune was composed by Martin McGinley himself.