The Kilfenora reel

Also known as Cill Ḟionnúraċ, Fog On The Mountain, Kilfenora No. 3.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

The Kilfenora has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Kilfenora has been added to 37 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Kilfenora
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D3 F A2 ag|fgeg fB B2|BAFB ABde|1 fdef dBAF:|2 fdef dBAB||
d2 fd Adfd|d2 fd BdAB|d2 fd Adef|gfed B2 AB|
d2 fd Adfd|d2 fd B2 AB|d2 c2 B2 AF|ABde fd d2||
X: 2
T: The Kilfenora
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D3F A2ag|f2ef dBBA|BAFB ABde|f2ef dBAF|
D3F A2ag|f2ef dBBA|BAFB ABde|f2ef dBAB||
d2fd Adfd|d2fd BAFA|d2fd Adef|gfed BdAB|
d2fd Adfd|d2fd BAFA|d2cA BdAF|ABde fedA||
X: 3
T: The Kilfenora
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D3F A3e|f2ef dBB2|BAFB ABde|fdef dBAF|
D2DF A2Ae|f2ef dBB2|BAFB ABde|f2ef dBAB||
d2fd Adfd|d2fd BAFA|d2fd Bdef|gfed BAFB|
d2fd Adfd|d2fd BAFA|d2cA B2AF|ABde fedB||

Fifteen comments

Another Kilfenora reel

PaddyC posted a clip of this reel being played, and asked about it. I recognised it from the “Castle Ceili Band” Comhaltas record, and remembered that “Sully” had a transcription in one of his tune books where he called it the “Kilfenora” reel. I reckon Sully may have taken the tune from the CCB, as they also called it the Kilfenora. This is Sully’s transcription.

Don’t think so.

It’s certainly quite similar, but I didn’t notice it was like the one I posted until Slainte pointed it out. They’re certainly different enough to call them different tunes rather than 2 different versions of the same tune.

Yes, I know they are different tunes.

So, not duplicated then, no?

This one’s on Brian Rooney’s “The Godfather”.

This is yet another tune given the name ‘The Doon’

by the group Moher on their album Out on the Ocean. Track 6, second tune, funky bass.


The title ‘Milton Malbay’ for this tune is the one applied to the tune by Josephine Keegan in her tunebook A Drop in the Ocean.

Gan Ainm

Does anyone know the name of this tune? I think I heard it originally from one of the great ceili bands, but I can’t track down the source.

Re: The Kilfenora

PS….. which makes it a duplicate. Anyway, good transcription, Joe.

Re: The Kilfenora

Thanks for the info, Kenny - but I cannot take credit for the transcription, which I found online.