The Merry Blacksmith reel

Also known as The Corkonian, Music Of The Forge, Paddy On The Railroad, The Peeler’s Cap, Sleigh Ride.

There are 86 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Silver Spear (lots of times), The Rainy Day (lots of times) and The Limestone Rock (a few times).

The Merry Blacksmith has been added to 62 tune sets.

The Merry Blacksmith has been added to 1,559 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Merry Blacksmith
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AB|d2dA BAFA|ABdA BAFA|ABde fded|Beed egfe|
d3A BAFA-|ABdA BAFA-|ABde fdec|dBAF D2:|
|:fg|a2ag f2fe|d2dA BAFA-|ABde fded|Beed egfg|
abag fgfe|dcdA BAFA|ABde fdec|dBAF D2:|
X: 2
T: The Merry Blacksmith
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d3 A BAFB|A2 dA BAFB|ABde fded|Beed egfe|
d3 A BAFB|A2 dA BAFB|ABde fedB|1 AFEF D3 z:|2 AFEF D3 e||
faag ~f3 e|d2 fd efdB|ABde fded|Beed egfg|
~a3 g ~f3 e|d2 fd efdB|ABde fedB|1 AFEF D3 e:|2 AFEF D3 z||
X: 3
T: The Merry Blacksmith
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2 dA BAFG | ABdA BAFA | ABde f2 ed | B/c/d e^d egfe |
d/e/d dA BAFG | ABdA BAFA | ABde fdec | dBAF D3 :|
a2 ag f2 fe | d2 dA BAFG | ABde f2 ed | Beed e/f/g fg |
abag fgfe | dcdA BAFA | ABde f2 ec | dBAF D3 :|
X: 4
T: The Merry Blacksmith
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|d2dA BAFA|AFdA BAFA|ABde f2ed|Beed Beef|
d3A BAFA|AFdA BAFA|ABde f2ec|dBAF D3||
f|ac'ag fafe|d3A BAFA|ABde f2ed|Beed Beef|
ac'ag fafe|d3A BAFA|ABde f2ec|dBAF D3||
X: 5
T: The Merry Blacksmith
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2dA BAFA|ABdA BAFA|ABde f2ed|Beed egfe|
d2dA BAFA|ABdA BAFA|ABde fdec|dBAG FD D2:|
|:a2 ag f2 fe|d2 dA BAFA |ABde f2ed|Beed egfg|
a2 ag fgfe| d2 dA BAFA | ABde fdec | dBAG FD D2 :|
X: 6
T: The Merry Blacksmith
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A | "D" d3 A BAFA | ABdA BAFA | ABde fded | "A" Beed egfe |
"D" d3 A BAFA | ABdA BAFA | "G" ABde fdec | "A" dAAG "D" FAD:|
|: f | "D" a2ag fafe | dedA BAFA | ABde fded | "A" Beed e2fg |
"D" abag fgfe | dedA BAFA | "G" ABde fdec | "A" dAAG "D" FAD :|
# Added by BenH .
X: 7
T: The Merry Blacksmith
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A2 | d2 dA BAFA | ABdA BAFA | ABde f2 ed | Beed egfe |
d2 dA BAFA | ABdA BAFA | ABde fdec | dBAF D2 :|
|: fg | a2 ag f2 fe | d2 dA BAFA | ABde f2 ed | Beed egfe |
a2 ag f2 fe | d2 dA BAFA | ABde fdec | dBAF D2 :|
X: 8
T: The Merry Blacksmith
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| d3A BAFA | ABdA BAFA | ABde feed | Be~e2 (3Bcd ef |
d3A BAFA | DFAd BAFA | DFAd (3fga ec | dABG FDDA |
dcdA BAFA | ~A2FA BAFA | ABde fded | Beed egfe |
dcdA BAFA | ABdA BAFA | ABde fdec | dBAG FDDg |
faag fafe | dcdA BAFA | ABde (3fgf ed | Beed e2fg |
~a3g ~f3e | dcdA BAFA | ABde faec | dBAG FDDg |
faag faec | dfed BAFA | DAde fded | Be~e2 (3Bcd eg |
fgaf g2fe | dfed BAFA | ABde (3fga ec | dBAG FDD2 |

Twenty-two comments

This popular reel can be found in O’Neill’s (number 728), and is a popular session tune. I like to play this one together with "The Mountain Road".

In this setting of the tune I’ve included a tie between the A’s at the end of one bar and the A’s at the beginning of the next, so it becomes one longer note instead of two separate shorter notes. If it’s played this way, the tune has nice, almost American "swing" to it. Try this out, and if you don’t like it, then just ignore the ties.

Apart from that, try rolling the D at the very start of the tune, or the A and F at the start of the second part.

We names our band after this Reel. It’s one of my favorite tunes.

named, not names.

My “Wrong” Version

I finally learned this popular session tune by myself yesterday. Actually, I was trying to reconstruct the version I heard and played along with others in sessions from the memory, and hit upon the nice one on flute. It’s interestingly different from any version available on the net. Here it is:

K:D
d3 A BAFB|A2 dA BAFB|ABde fded|Beed egfe|
d3 A BAFB|A2 dA BAFB|ABde fedB|1 AFEF D3 z:|2 AFEF D3 e||
faag ~f3 e|d2 fd efdB|ABde fded|Beed egfg|
~a3 g ~f3 e|d2 fd efdB|ABde fedB|1 AFEF D3 e:|2 AFEF D3 z||

I’m not sure whether it’s a truly original version of mine or just the corruption of the local session version. I need to try playing it in the session.

I played this tune with others last night and found my version is different from what they play. I really love the version posted above, but it seems more sensible to learn the "correct" one.

I’ve just notice some phrases in my version come from the version of Boys of the Lough I learned in Co. Clare some months ago.

This works very, very good as a hornpipe.

It does work as a hornpipe. But it’s such a lovely reel. You might have difficulty getting others to play it with you as a reel if they begin playing it as a hornpipe. I did.

??

bogman isn’t that second tune in the clip Speed the Plough (Cronin’s Fancy)?

You’re absolutely right, sorry, that was careless of me.

No relative to handel’s The Harmonious Blacksmith then?

Chords

i play guitar and have no idea how to look up for the chords. Help!!

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“The Merry Blacksmith”

X: 3
T: Merry Blacksmith, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
|: A |\
d2 dA BAFG | ABdA BAFA | ABde f2 ed | B/c/d e^d egfe |
d/e/d dA BAFG | ABdA BAFA | ABde fdec | dBAF D3 :|
|: f |\
a2 ag f2 fe | d2 dA BAFG | ABde f2 ed | Beed e/f/g fg |
abag fgfe | dcdA BAFA | ABde f2 ec | dBAF D3 :|

The Boys Of The Lake

Added X:4
Source: Joyce, Patrick Weston: Old Irish Folk Music and Songs (Dublin, 1909)

Another twist ..

The version of this popular tune I just posted is worth a try through because of its nice turn at the end of each part of the tune. I got it from the excellent mandolin playing of Brendan Malone of Dundalk. Some other differences might be mine. I usually play the "turn" on the b tune for first time around only, just to vary it.

Good Memories

This was the first reel I ever learned. Good memories.

The Merry Blacksmith, X:7

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol, UK.

Re: The Merry Blacksmith

One must not forget the forceful recording of this tune by Joe Derrane. It is on his first album recorded in the late 40s or early 50s.