The Miller Of Droghan reel

Also known as Miller Of Drangan, The Miller Of Draughin, The Miller Of Drawen, The Miller Of Drohan, Miller Of Dron.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Eleanor Neary’s (a few times) and The Humours Of Castlefin (a few times).

The Miller Of Droghan has been added to 11 tune sets.

The Miller Of Droghan has been added to 264 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Miller Of Droghan
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2 cA EAcA | Fffg afec | A2 cA eAcB | AFAB cecB |
A2 cA EAcA | Fffg ~a2 fa | gafg ec ~c2 | AFAB c2 (3cde |
fF ~F2 EFCF | EFAB cdcB | AF ~F2 EFCF | EFAB cB (3cde |
fF ~F2 EFCF | EFAB cdcB | AF ~F2 EFCF | EFAB cdcB |
X: 2
T: The Miller Of Droghan
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:G2BG DGBG|EGef gdBA|G2BG DGBA|GEGA BdBA|
G2BG DGBG|EGef gdBA|faef d2ed|1 BAGA B2BA:|2 BAGA BG (3Bcd|
|eEE2 DEBE|DEGA B2BA|GEE2 DEBE|DEGA BG(3Bcd|
eEE2 DEBE|DEGA B2BA|GEE2 DEBE|DEGA B2BA|
X: 3
T: The Miller Of Droghan
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2BG DGBG|EBef gedB|G2BG DGBA|GEGA BdBA|
G2BG DGBG|EBef gfed|faef deBA|1 GEGA ~B3A:|2 GEGA BA (3B^cd||
eE~E2 DEBE|DEGA ~B3A|GE~E2 DEBE|DEGA BA (3B^cd|
eE~E2 DEBE|DEGA BdBA|GE~E2 DEBE|DEGA ~B3A||
X: 4
T: The Miller Of Droghan
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 BG DGBG|Eeef gedB|G2 BG dGBA|GEGA BcBA|
G2 BG DGBG|Eeef gfeg|fdef dBBA|1 GEGA BcBA:|2 GEGA BA (3Bcd||
e~E3 DEB,E|DEGA BcBA|G~E3 DEB,E|DEGA BA (3B^cd|
e~E3 DEB,E|DEGA BcBA|G~E3 DEB,E|DEGA BcBA||
# Added .
X: 5
T: The Miller Of Droghan
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:"G" G2BG DGBG| "Em" EBef gedB | "G"G2BG DGBA | "C"GEGA "D"BdBA |
"G"G2BG DGBG | "Em" EBef gfed|"Bm" faef deBA |1 "C"GEGA "D"~B3A:|2 "C" GEGA "D" BA (3B^cd||
"Em" eE~E2 DEBE | "D" DEGA "Bm" ~B3A | "C" GE~E2 DEBE|"Bm"DEGA "G"BA (3B^cd|
"Em" eE~E2 DEBE|"Bm" DEGA BdBA|"C"GE~E2 "D" DEBE|"Em" DEGA "F#m" ~B3A||
X: 6
T: The Miller Of Droghan
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
Bd[|eE EE DGB,G|DEGA BAGA|GE EE DGB,G|DEGA BABd|
eE EE DGB,G|DEGA BAGA|GE EE DGB,G|DEGA BdBA||
G2 BG dG (3BAG|Eeef gedB|G2 BG dGBA|GEGA BdBA|
G2 BG dG (3BAG|Eeef gfed|faef deBA|GEGA Bdef|]
X: 7
T: The Miller Of Droghan
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2BG DGBG|EBef gedB|G2BG DGBA|GEGA BdBA|
G2BG DGBG|EBef gfed|faef deBA|1 GEGA B3A:|2 GEGA BA (3B^cd||
eE E2 DEBE|DEGA B3A|GE E2 DEBE|DEGA BA (3B^cd|
eE E2 DEBE|DEGA BdBA|GE E2 DEBE|DEGA B3A||
# Added by JACKB .

Fifteen comments

Lunasa’s Version in G

Here is Lunasa’s version transposed in G.

|:G2BG DGBG|EGef gdBA|G2BG DGBA|GEGA BdBA|
G2BG DGBG|EGef gdBA|faef d2ed|1 BAGA B2BA:|2 BAGA BG (3Bcd|
|eEE2 DEBE|DEGA B2BA|GEE2 DEBE|DEGA BG(3Bcd|
eEE2 DEBE|DEGA B2BA|GEE2 DEBE|DEGA B2BA|

This setting is much more friendly to whistle and flute players.

Thanks

Good tune Thanks donchad and slainte

Don’t want to seem picky but there are one or two inaccuracies in Slainte’s Lunasa transcription. Here’s what I hear them playing, again transposed into G:

X: 1
T: Miller Of Droghan, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
|:G2BG DGBG|EBef gedB|G2BG DGBA|GEGA BdBA|
G2BG DGBG|EBef gfed|faef deBA|1 GEGA ~B3A:|2 GEGA BA (3B^cd||
eE~E2 DEBE|DEGA ~B3A|GE~E2 DEBE|DEGA BA (3B^cd|
eE~E2 DEBE|DEGA BdBA|GE~E2 DEBE|DEGA ~B3A||

That’s one of my earliest posts here. And I admit it’s a horribly inaccurate transcription. I haven’t heard this tune for long.

Miller of Droghan

I learned this ages ago off the De Danann recording. So my fiddle and flute versions are based on Frankie Gavin’s fiddle setting, which I like better than Lunasa’s version. As follows:

X: 1
T: Miller Of Droghan, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: G
G2 BG DGBG|Eeef gedB|G2 BG dGBA|GEGA BcBA|
G2 BG DGBG|Eeef gfeg|fdef dBBA|1 GEGA BcBA:|2 GEGA BA (3Bcd||
e~E3 DEB,E|DEGA BcBA|G~E3 DEB,E|DEGA BA (3B^cd|
e~E3 DEB,E|DEGA BcBA|G~E3 DEB,E|DEGA BcBA||

On flute, the only change is playing those low B,s an octave higher.

Posted .

I was recently driving back to Massachusetts from Cape Cod and visiting JasonG, and had John Carty’s "I Will If I Can" on the cd player in the rental car. His tenor guitar version of this got put on repeat for no little time — it’s lovely (he plays it with Eleanor Neary’s), and it was perfect for driving through the lovely green trees and blue skies and waters of a Cape Cod summer…

Guitar chords for The Miller of Droghan

I’ve been using G, C D, Em and the occasional Bm but there’s still something missing. Any suggestions? Thanks

Re: Guitar chords for The Miller of Droghan

F sharp diminished, B flat major seventh, C sharp suspended fourth, E seventh flattened tenth, F minor sixth, D thirteenth, C minor seventh flattened fifth?

Re: Guitar chords for The Miller of Droghan

Hilarious…..

Lunasa

The slowed down version of this by Lunasa on Otherworld is in Bb - the G transcription above will work if you have an F whistle to play it on (and two colleagues also on F whistles :) )

Having heard the Lunasa version first it took me a while to realise that the Miller of Drangen (as played by Kevin Burke) was actually the same tune - although the two versions are about as far apart as it is possibe to imagine

I like both versions

Guitar chords

Lunasa tunebook has the following
X:1
T:The Miller Of Drohan
N:Lunasa play it in Bb by using the G fingering on F whistles
N:Chords as per Lunasa tunebook transcribed to G
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:G
|:"G" G2BG DGBG| "Em" EBef gedB | "G"G2BG DGBA | "C"GEGA "D"BdBA |
"G"G2BG DGBG | "Em" EBef gfed|"Bm" faef deBA |1 "C"GEGA "D"~B3A:|2 "C" GEGA "D" BA (3B^cd||
"Em" eE~E2 DEBE | "D" DEGA "Bm" ~B3A | "C" GE~E2 DEBE|"Bm"DEGA "G"BA (3B^cd|
"Em" eE~E2 DEBE|"Bm" DEGA BdBA|"C"GE~E2 "D" DEBE|"Em" DEGA "F#m" ~B3A||

Paddy O’Brien’s Setting

From "The Stranger at the Gate". A few nice twists.
X: 1
T: The Miller of Draughlin
Z: Bill Wolfe
S: Paddy O’Brien, "Stranger at the Gate"
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Emin
Bd[|eE EE DGB,G|DEGA BAGA|GE EE DGB,G|DEGA BABd|
eE EE DGB,G|DEGA BAGA|GE EE DGB,G|DEGA BdBA||
G2 BG dG (3BAG|Eeef gedB|G2 BG dGBA|GEGA BdBA|
G2 BG dG (3BAG|Eeef gfed|faef deBA|GEGA Bdef|]

Re: The Miller Of Droghan

Can somebody give me a brief info about the chord system? Small letters (minor ?), numbers ? etc.

New member here on The Session.
Benna

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Re: The Miller Of Droghan

Welcome, Benna. The only setting on this page with chords is No.5 from Edgar Bolton. The strings of letters and numbers represent the melody: large (uppercase) letters are the lower octave, small (lowercase) letters the upper octave. The numbers represent the length of note: usually no number = eighth note; 2 = quarter note; (3 = triplet. Does that get you started? The system is known as "ABC Notation".