Jack McCann reel

Also known as Jack McCann’s.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Jack McCann has been added to 43 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Jack McCann
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: A,2 (3B,A,G, A,2 (3B,A,G, |A,B,CD E2 DC |B,DG,B, DG B2| BAGE DB,G,B,|
A,2 (3B,A,G, A,2 (3B,A,G, |A,B,CD E2 DC |B,DG,B, DG B2| BAGE A4 :|
|: A2 (3cBA Bdef |g2 fa gedB |AcBA GFGE |DEGA BGcB|
[1 A2 (3cBA Bdef |g2 fa gedB |AcBA GFGE | DEGB A4:|
[2 A2 (3cBA Bdef |(3gfg fa gedB |g2 (3fga gedB |(3cBA BG [AD]B,G,B,||
X: 2
T: Jack McCann
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: A,2 (3B,A,G, A,2 (3B,A,G, | A,B,CD E2 DC | B,DG,B, DG B2 | BAGE DB,G,B, |
A,2 (3B,A,G, A,2 (3B,A,G, | A,B,CD E2 DC | B,DG,B, DG B2 | BAGE A4 :|
|: A2 (3cBA Bdef | g2 fa gedB | AcBA GFGE | DEGA BGcB |
[1 A2 (3cBA Bdef | g2 fa gedB | AcBA GFGE | DEGB A4 :|
[2 A2 (3cBA Bdef | (3gag fa gedB | g2 (3fga gedB | (3cBA BG FDCB |]

Ten comments

Jack McCann

Source: Barde
Transcription: Fred Saur
From BARDE recording

I learn this tune from a french whistler
who tell me about BARDE in 1978
This is from my old papers
and I enjoy play it with some B syncopated thru bar 7 and 8

Jack McCann

mistake about bar number
I enjoy play it with some B syncopated thru bar 3 and 4
not bar 7 ,8

Whistle tune

It’s very interesting that you learned this tune from a whistler. Too much range for that instrument. Did you change the key? This tune is playable on the flute in E modal or D. I haven’t actually done this yet myself. Boehm would be easier than simple system unless one has a an solid and quick speaking high E. I like the tune, if I every get around to transposing I will repost. These rangely reels are fun on the flute.

red_tiger - You can transpose the tune up a 4th or 5th if you want, but most flute/whistle players would tackle it by simply taking low notes (or possibly the whole A-part) up an octave.

Jack mccann

this tune was written by chris crilly
a montreal film composer/musician who used to play in barde

Fiddle tune allright

Yup, Chris Crilly is a (damn good) fiddle player.

I had transcribed it from how I’d learned it (a bit simplified, but functional).

One thing (I had picked up from some Salty Dogs) that I find fun in this tune is bending the e down in the second measure and then the b in turn in the third, and again in the sixth and seventh measures, indicating to other musicians a fermata over those notes. I never did figure how to write that kind of bend in abc notation though ;-).

Correction from the composer

Hi all,
I entered the tune again under the same name but with the last line corrected. The folk process is wonderful but I thought it would be good to start with the tune as written. However, I don’t see it appearing on the site as I reentered it. I’m new at this Session thing, so maybe I got something wrong. Just for fun I’m putting the ABC of the last line here for your listening and playing pleasure.
[2A2(3cBA Bdef I g fa gedB I g 3fga gedB I 3cBA BG FDCB II
I hope that makes sense.

Chris Crilly

“Jack McCann” ~ rescued duplication / original ~ courtesy of the composer

Key signature: Adorian
Submitted on November 26th 2009 by Chris Crilly.
~ /tunes/10058

X: 1
T: Jack McCann
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Ador
|: A,2 (3B,A,G, A,2 (3B,A,G, | A,B,CD E2 DC | B,DG,B, DG B2 | BAGE DB,G,B, |
A,2 (3B,A,G, A,2 (3B,A,G, | A,B,CD E2 DC | B,DG,B, DG B2 | BAGE A4 :|
|: A2 (3cBA Bdef | g2 fa gedB | AcBA GFGE | DEGA BGcB |
[1 A2 (3cBA Bdef | g2 fa gedB | AcBA GFGE | DEGB A4 :|
[2 A2 (3cBA Bdef | (3gag fa gedB | g2 (3fga gedB | (3cBA BG FDCB |]

Correction of the transcription of "Jack McCann"

The folk process is a wonderful thing. I am delighted and flattered that my old reel "Jack McCann" has found its way into The Session archives. However, just to set things straight I thought I would submit the original version of the tune. Then if it suits your fancy, you can play the thing as a Pas de Deux, Funeral March or Mesopotamian Tango.

Jack McCann was my mother’s father. He worked as a merchant marine engineer, sailing from Bangor, Co. Down. The fiddle I play was his. When it came time to write my first reel, I thought it would be prudent to name it after mo seanathair.

Ádh mór agus ceol síoraí oraibh!

Chris Crilly

# Posted on November 26th 2009 by Chris Crilly