The Wexford Lasses reel

Also known as Bell Harbour, The Bell Harbour, Cailini Loca Gcarman, Doohan’s, Killoran’s, Paddy Killoran’s, Ríl Loch Garman, Wexford Lass, The Wexford Lasses, The Wexford Lassies.

There are 19 recordings of this tune.
This tune has been recorded together with

The Wexford Lasses appears in 4 other tune collections.

The Wexford Lasses has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Wexford Lasses has been added to 83 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Wexford Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dcdA BdAD|E2 (3efg fdec|dcdA (3Bcd AF|GBAG FDD2|
~d3A BdAD|E2 eg fdec|dfed cdec|dBAG FDD2:|
fd (3ddd (3fga fa|~g3a be (3eee|fd (3ddd fgaf|gbag fdd2|
fd (3ddd (3fga fa|~g3a be (3eee|(3gag fa gbag|(3fga eg fdd2:|
X: 2
T: The Wexford Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3(ABc)|TdcdA (3(Bcd) AF|DFAg fdec|TdcdA BdAF|GBAG FDDA|
({e}d)cdA (3(Bcd) AF|DFAg fdec|defd cdec|dBAG FDD||
g|fdde fgaf|gfga bgeg|fdde fgaf|gbag fddg|
fdde fgaf|gfga bgeg|fgaf (3(gag) bg|faeg fdec||

Twelve comments

Bell Harbour

Not sure if this is the common name for this tune or not. The jump from the low E to the high e makes for some tricky bowing. The interplay between triplets & quarter notes makes this one rhythmically fun as well. I could be wrong but this one sounds Northern to my ear.

I know it as Paddy Killoran’s though with not quite as decorative a high part.

Longnote, I took this from a tape of an old session. I don’t know who was playing but the setting was very ornamented. I thought it was a great setting & I wasn’t sure if I should dumb it down or post it as is. In a session it wouldn’t be played with as many ornaments.


I think this tune is on Ron Lister’s cd, isn’t it?

I dunno, I don’t own that one

Wexford Lasses

This tune was “The Wexford Lasses” in the O’Neill collection.

Paddy Killoran recorded it with flute player Mike Flynn way back when, on a track on which it followed “Last Night’s Fun.”

Brian Conway and Tony DeMarco recorded it under the O’Neill title on the Rounder LP compilation “Traditional Instrumental Music from the East Coast of America, vol. 1,” since reissued on CD as “Traditional Irish Music in America: The East Coast.”

Noel Hill & Tony Linnane did it.

Also on Paul McGrattan and Paul O’Shaughnessy’s “Within a Mile of Dublin.”


Seamus Ennis’s go thorough this is quite impressive. Very rhythmic, and his reg use reminds me of the bebop drummers from Bird’s time.

Paddy Killoran’s, X:2

This setting appears in O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland - 1001 Gems (1907), p. 114, no. 634, as The Wexford lasses, Cailini Loca Gcarman.

Re: The Wexford Lasses/ Ríl Loch Garman

Name from CRE2.215