Here’s the tune JMH was after. It’s an organic synthesis of various versions I’ve heard around in sessions, after being left to mature in my head for a few months.
This is a great reel—-one of my favourites…..We play it right after the Holly Bush at our session in Canada——I just got back from a great 2 week trip to Northern ireland, and heard it played there as well!
I always liked this one, it’s got a sweet sound, always reminded me of a "major" version of "joe cooley’s reel" although this tune is probably older.
I’m guessing that in bar six of the second part you would want de instead of cd. As in the first part.
Yeah. I guess it’s so obvious that nobody has mentioned it.
What is the origin of this tune? Is it named after the U.S. state?
Kheelch: Food for thought — there is a "Virginia" in County Monaghan. Whether or not the tune is associated with that "Virginia" rather than the U.S. state of "Virginia" (or neither) would be up to someone more knowledgeable than I to say.
Track 11, reels: “The Virginia” / “Trim the Velvet”
Whistle player Robert MacGowran M & guitarist is Ruairi Kelly
CD: "Basically: Traditional Irish Music Whistle and Guitar"
Played by Liam O’Flynn and “Planxty”
Just a thought - I find that this is one of those tunes which can cause a session to come to a grinding halt, because I’ve come across very few guitar players who can accompany this reel unless they know it from beforehand. The problem appears to be the fact that the most important note on the first bar is "B". I’ve seen guitar players playing "Gmaj", "Bmin" or "Emin" , usually a combination of all 3, which leads to chaos. Would any of you accompanists out there like to perform a public service, and suggest a chord progression which works for this reel, because it’s one I’ve always liked, but have practically given up playing for the afore-mentioned reasons ? Many thanks.
[ PS - "The Woman Of The House" is another, for the same reasons - there is 1 more, but I can’t think of it at the moment. ].
Although introduced to Virginia by Roger de Coverley, the Virginia Reel dance has been compared to, and some say is based on, the mating dance of the partridge…
"Although introduced to Virginia by Roger de Coverley"
I didn’t think old Sir Roger got much further than Joseph Addison’s heid.
The Virginia Reel
The setting I post here is more rhythmically aligned with the way the tune is supposed to sound.
Somehow the "~" never seems to get interpreted in a way that makes any sense by the midi generator. :-)
Virginia reel chords
I like to use Em as the predominant chord and throw in a G major rather than the reverse - both the A and B parts end on an "E" which to me cries out for an Em following that note.
St Columbkill Ceili Band
St Columbkill Ceili Band, Caledonian set :
16:28 The Virginia
17:20 Siobhan O’Donnell’s (reel of Sceachog)
18:20 Donnie Nolan’s
The Virginia, X:5
I learned this from a recording made by my friend and bagpipe instructor Evan Kenepp.