The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure reel

Also known as Docherty’s, Doherty’s, Gaigíní Chill Áirne, Gweebarra Bridge, Killarney Boys, The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure, The New Fashioned Habit.

There are 63 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Down The Broom (a few times), Comb Your Hair And Curl It (a few times), The Dunmore Lasses (a few times), The Honeymoon (a few times) and Paddy Ryan’s Dream (a few times).

The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure has been added to 516 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E2 F/E/D E2 FA|BFAF DEFA|B2 Bd e2 ed|BdAF DEFD|
E2 F/E/D E2 FA|BFAF DEFA|B2 Bd e2 ed|BdAF FEED:|
Beee Befe|BdAF DEFA|f2 fe f2 fe|dBAF DEFA
Beee Befe|BdAF DEFA|f2 fe defe|dBAF E3 z:|
X: 2
T: The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A2GB A2(3Bcd|e2dB G2(3Bcd|~e2eg agba|gedB BAAG|
A2GB A2(3Bcd|e2dB G2(3Bcd|~e3g ~a3f|1gedB BAAG:|2gedB BA(3Bcd||
|:eaad eaaf|gedB GA(3Bcd|gbba ~b3a|gedB BA(3Bcd|
eaad eaaf|gedB GA(3Bcd|~b3a bc'ba|1gedB BA(3Bcd:|2gedB BAAG|
X: 3
T: The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|~E2FD E2FA|BFAE DEFA|BA(3Bcd ezed|(3Bcd AF DEFD|
E2FD E2FA|BFAE DEFA|BA(3Bcd ezed|1B2AF FEED:|2B2AF FE~E2|:
Beed Beed|ABAF DEFA|~f3e fzfe|dBAF DE~F2|
Beed Beed|ABAF DEFA|~f3e dzBA|1(3Bcd AF FE~E2:|2(3Bcd AF FEED|
X: 4
T: The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E2FE E2 (3FGA|B2AF DEFA|~B3d efed|BdAF FE (3DEF|
DEFE E2 (3FGA|B2AF DEFA|~B3d efed|1B2AD FE (3DEF:|2B2AD FEEA||:
BeeA BeeB|dBAF DEFA|~f3e fgfe|dBAF DEFA|
BeeA BeeB|dBAF DEFA|~f3e dffe|1dBAF FEE2:|2dBAF FEFD||
X: 5
T: The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E>FDE FA B2 | AFDE FA B2 | defe d B3 | dAFD DEF<D :|
EFEB, B2 dA | FDEF ABAB | defe d B3 | AF F3 EE D ||
B2 e<B B2 e<B | dBAF DEFA | f>fef gfed | BAFD DEF<A |
B2 e<B B2 e<B | dBAF DEFA | f>fef gfed | BAFF EED2 :|
X: 6
T: The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E3D E2FA|BFAF DEFA|B3d e3d|(3Bcd AF DEFD|
E3D E2FA|BFAF DEFA|B3d e3d|1 (3Bcd AF FEED:|2(3Bcd AF FE E2||
|:Be e2 Be e2|dBAF DEFA|dffe f3e|dBAF DEFA|
Be e2 Be e2|dBAF DEFA|dffe d3A|1(3Bcd AF FE E2:|2(3Bcd AF FEED|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: The Killarney Boys Of Pleasure
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:A3G A2Bd|eBdB GABd|e3g a3g|(3efg dB GABG|
A3G A2 (3Bcd|eBdB GABd|e3g a3g|1 (3efg dB BAAG:|2(3efg dB BA A2||
|:ea a2 ea a2|gedB GABd|gbba b3a|gedB GA (3Bcd|
ea a2 ea a2|gedB GABd|gbba g3d|1(3efg dB BA A2:|2(3efg dB BAAG|
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty-two comments

I heard this one on Lunasa’s "Merry Sisters of Fate" CD…I learned it from the "Smoke in Your Eyes" book.

Well, Kardshark87, you beat me to this! I was going to try posting this as my first tune here! But I’m glad to see it; it’s a favorite of mine. I’m not home with my albums right now, but off the top of my head, some other recordings are:

Mike and Mary Rafferty, on The Old Fireside Music, under the tune title Doherty’s. (in a set with The Dunmore Lasses.)

The fiddler Paul O’Shaughnessy, under the name Gweebarra Bridge, on his solo album. (will submit the name tomorrow.)

Altan, also with the Donegal tune name Gweebarra Bridge, on their latest album.

Mike Casey, under the name "Killarney Boys of Pleasure" on his album called (I think) The Hourglass.

Well, I’ll submit any additions as soon as I have them. Great tune!

Continuation of yesterday’s comment

To fill in the gaps: Paul O’Shaughnessy’s album is called Stay Another While. The new album by Altan is The Blue Idol. Other info above is correct. And here’s one more recording of this tune:
Maggie Sansone, on the album Mist and Stone, under the tune name Killarney Boys of Pleasure.

Killarney boys

Recorded by "The Boys Of The Lough" on their first 1972(?) album.

Posted by .

really good for fiddle players to pizzicato the a and e string with the left hand as you come to repeat the second half. heard it done when i was in donegal and it sounds amazing, especially when rabharta ceol.

I’m not entirely clear which notes should be played pizzicato. The first bar of the second part indeed has open e’s but there is no "a", only a "b", which isn’t easy to play cleanly with left-hand pizzicato without considerable practice.
Trevor

Gweebarra Bridge (reel)

Source: M

This sounds an awful lot like the Killarney Boys of Pleasure, just bumped up a fourth.

Posted .

Aha, sure enough, Gweebarra Bridge is listed as an alternative title under the original posting of this tune in the data base. Sorry, Gian Marco. Maybe you should pop this version into the comments section there.

Posted .

Kllarney Boys of Pleasure

Or do you mean pizzing the open E and A together in the first bar of the second half?
Btw, this is really a tune in the pentatonic scale (no G or C), so chordal accompanists should bear this in mind.
Trevor

Doherty’s ( Killarney Boys Of Pleasure ) by Mike Rafferty

T:Killarney Boys of Pleasure (Gweebarra Bridge)
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Mike & Mary Rafferty - The Old Fireside Music
R:reel
Z:g.m.p
K:EDor
|~E2FD E2FA|BFAE DEFA|BA(3Bcd ezed|(3Bcd AF DEFD|
E2FD E2FA|BFAE DEFA|BA(3Bcd ezed|1B2AF FEED:|2B2AF FE~E2|:
Beed Beed|ABAF DEFA|~f3e fzfe|dBAF DE~F2|
Beed Beed|ABAF DEFA|~f3e dzBA|1(3Bcd AF FE~E2:|2(3Bcd AF FEED|

Killarney Boys Of Pleasure by Lunasa

T:Killarney Boys of Pleasure (Gweebarra Bridge)
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Lunasa_"The Merry Sisters of Fate"
R:reel
Z:g.m.p
K:EDor
E2FE E2 (3FGA|B2AF DEFA|~B3d efed|BdAF FE (3DEF|
DEFE E2 (3FGA|B2AF DEFA|~B3d efed|1B2AD FE (3DEF:|2B2AD FEEA||:
BeeA BeeB|dBAF DEFA|~f3e fgfe|dBAF DEFA|
BeeA BeeB|dBAF DEFA|~f3e dffe|1dBAF FEE2:|2dBAF FEFD||

Triplets will naturally roll off your fingers if you take it at a Marching tempo, like a hornpipe…

Changes to Killarney Boys of Pleasure

Dear Musicians,
I’m wondering if anybody has some good changes (chords, that is) for this tune.
Thanks,
Sean Kelly
Austin, TX

Bluesean, I think the best way to do this is to sit with your ?guitar listening to recordings and try to play along with the chords you are hearing. Lunasa is one recording to start with, but try and get some other ones as well and see how the accompanists have tackled the job differently. The reason why this is better than me writing out chords is because it helps you learn to listen carefully. The other thing is that "good/cool" chord changes are not really what you are looking for, just ones that work and don’t intrude on the melody.
Good luck

Tunes, variation, harmony, chords, dark matter, & new member ?s

Bluesean, the following excerpt might help in understanding the potential mine field which sometimes exists between Irish tune players & those who seek chords.

" … , strumming establishes rhythms over more nuanced timing and harmonies over tonal ambiguities, where without strumming, these nuances and ambiguities are free …

… , when a tune like Killarney Boys of Pleasure lacks a "C" note (natural or sharp), a melody player is free to hear his or her own sense of the harmonic context, and this shapes his or her note choices in playing variations."

Re: does good backing matter?
Posted on August 28th 2010 by Will Harmon
https://thesession.org/discussions/25403#comment535045

The Music of Lúnasa in the early days (w/Donogh’s chords);
http://www.shopcreator.com/mall/lunasa/products/product-829633.stm

Killarnee Boys Of Pleasure

I heard ‘Killarnee Boys of Pleasure’ firstly on Lunasa’s album ‘The Merry Sisters of Fate’ and began learning it by ear - so this upload might have a few variations to the original tune, but as with all Celtic music it can be taken and played differently, as it is a very emotional music I find. Anyway, enjoy playing it and just edit it if you see any room for improvement!