The Swallow’s Nest reel

Also known as The Stolen, The Swallows Nest, The Swallows’ Nest.

There are 26 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Feeding The Birds (a few times), The Mossy Banks (a few times), Splendid Isolation (a few times) and Swans Among The Rushes (a few times).

The Swallow’s Nest has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Swallow's Nest has been added to 135 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Swallow's Nest
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|~G3A GEDE|G2BG AedB|A~E3 ~A2Bd|e2fa gedB|
~G3A GEDE|G2Bd efge|d~G3 EGDG|1FGAF GcBA:|2FGAF G2 z2|:
e~g3 edBA|GEDE G2Bd|eaag aged|~B3d e3g|
d~g3 agba|aged e2ge|d~G3 EGDG|FGAF G2 z2:|
X: 2
T: The Swallow's Nest
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~G3A GEDE|G2BG AedB|A~E3 A2 B/c/d|egfa gedB|
~G3A GEDE|GABd efge|d~G3 EGDG|1 FGAF GcBA:|2 FGAF G2 Bc||
dgbg edBA|GEDE GABd|eaab aged|~B3d e2 ge|
d~g3 agbg|aged eage|d~G3 EGDG|1 FGAF GABc:|2 FGAF GcBA||
# Added .
X: 3
T: The Swallow's Nest
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3DEF|G3 A GEDB,|DEGA BedB|AE (3EEE ABcd|eaba gedB|
DG (3AGF GEDB,|DEGA BABc|dG (3GGG FDAF|DFAF G2 (3DEF|
GABA GEDB,|DEGA BedB|AE (3EEE ABcd|eg (3agf gedB|
GdBA GEDB,|DEGA BG (3ABc|dG (3GGG FDAF|DFAF G2||
Bc|dgag edBA|GBDE GABd|ea^gb aged|BABd ed (3ABc|
eg (3ggg agbg|aged eage|dG (3GGG FDAF|DFAF G2:||
X: 4
T: The Swallow's Nest
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|G3A GEDE|G2BG AedB|AE3 A2 (3Bcd|e2fa gedB|
G3A GEDE|G2 (3Bcd efge|dG3 EGDG|1FGAF GcBA:|2FGAF G2 z2|:
eg3 edBA|GEDE G2 (3Bcd|eaag aged|B3d e3g|
dg3 agba|aged e2ge|dG3 EGDG|FGAF G2 z2:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Swallow's Nest
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3DEF|GFGA GEDE|~G2dG BedB|AE~E2 ~A2Bd|egfa gedB|
GFGA GEDE|GABd egge|dG~G2 eGdG|FGAF G2:|
Bc|dg~g2 edBA|GEDE GABd|ea~a2 aged|BABd egge|
dg~g2 agbg|aged egge|dG~G2 eGdG|FGAF G2:|

Twenty-four comments

Paddy O’Brien’s

Source: Kevin Crawford_maiden voiage
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta

Muddled!

Hi! sorry for sounding so un-learned but I read music as defgabc etc and I can’t understand this ….G3A business or 2Fga or 1F ……are the lower case letters low notes and the upper case high notes ??? and what do the numbers mean???
Help!!!
Many thanks.

Stolen Reel

This tune also appears on the album ‘Fierce Traditional’ by Frankie Gavin

Swallow’s Nest

Just in case anybody hasn’t noticed the "alternative" title, Paddy O’Brien published this reel as "The Swallow’s Nest". Thought it worth putting in the "comments".

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Stolen reel - Where?

There’s no "Stolen Reel" listed in the recording section on Frankie’s "Fierce Traditional" CD that I can see.

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“The Swallows’ Nest” ~ by Paddy O’Brien

"The Compositions of Paddy O’Brien"
J.D.C. Publications Ltd., Scotland, 1992

Page 39: "The Swallow’s Nest" / "The Swallows’ Nest"

The Black Lough

The jig that is titled "Paddy O´Brien´s" on this great recording, is one of his compositions, and is called "The Black Lough". It has been submitted under that name. The tune that comes up when you follow the link on the playlist of the cd is ,of course, a reel and has nothing to do with the tune in question.

I mean….

The recording I´m referring to being "They Sailes Away From Dublin Bay". I think I got a bit lost somewhere!!;o)

Natalie MacMaster’s Compilation?

This doesn’t seem anything like the Paddy O’Brien’s on Natalie MacMaster’s Compilation CD. Is she playing a different song or a variation of this tune? Anybody know?

RE: Blender

There are a ton of tunes written by Paddy O’Brien that are called "Paddy O’Brien’s". If it doesn’t sound like the same tune, then it probably isn’t, although I can’t speak specifically for the the MacMaster CD.

Which Paddy O’Brien is this?

“The Swallows’ Nest” by Paddy O’Brien

Read the comments ~ all will be revealed… :-/

The Swallow’s Nest

Another take on this tune.

X: 1
T: Swallow’s Nest, The
C: Paddy O’Brien (Nenagh)
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: G
~G3A GEDE|G2BG AedB|A~E3 A2 B/c/d|egfa gedB|
~G3A GEDE|GABd efge|d~G3 EGDG|1 FGAF GcBA:|2 FGAF G2 Bc||
dgbg edBA|GEDE GABd|eaab aged|~B3d e2 ge|
d~g3 agbg|aged eage|d~G3 EGDG|1 FGAF GABc:|2 FGAF GcBA||

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A version from Des Mulkare

From a handout Des wrote for a 1983 workshop. The last couple of bars in his version clash with the usual way I’ve heard it played in sessions, but he’s added some nice variations to the tune.

K:G
(3DEF|G3 A GEDB,|DEGA BedB|AE (3EEE ABcd|eaba gedB|
DG (3AGF GEDB,|DEGA BABc|dG (3GGG FDAF|DFAF G2 (3DEF|
GABA GEDB,|DEGA BedB|AE (3EEE ABcd|eg (3agf gedB|
GdBA GEDB,|DEGA BG (3ABc|dG (3GGG FDAF|DFAF G2||
Bc|dgag edBA|GBDE GABd|ea^gb aged|BABd ed (3ABc|
eg (3ggg agbg|aged eage|dG (3GGG FDAF|DFAF G2:||

Harry McGowan, apparently!

Flute player……

… and that’s according to Carmel Gunning, whom I’m sure would know. [ His name is mentioned in the Comments, "slainte" ].

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Re: The Swallow’s Nest

That video is just fantastic. Thanks for pointing it out!

The Swallow’s Nest, X:5

from the source.