Sportin’ Belles reel

Also known as The Sportin’ Belles, Sporting Belles, The Sporting Belles.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

Sportin' Belles has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Sportin' Belles
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
(c Bd) |: ADD(B cB)cG | ADD(G EC)EG | ADD(G EG)cG | A/B/c (GE) DcBd |
ADD(B cB)cG | ADD(G EC)EG | ADD(c BG)Bd |1 cAGE DcBd :|2 cAGE FED(B ||
|: c2)g(c ac)gc | c/c/(c g)c BGA(B | c2) g(c ac)gc | AcGF ECE(G |
c2) g(c ac)gc | c/c/(c g)c BAGE | FGA(B cB)cG |1 AcGE FED(B :|2 A/B/c (GE) DcBd ||
X: 2
T: Sportin' Belles
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
ADDB cBcB|ADDF EDCD|ADDB cBcG|A/B/AGE DcBc|
ADDB cBcB|ADDF EDCD|ADFD E/F/GcG|1 A/B/AGE DcBc:|2 A/B/AGE FEDB||
|:c2gc acgc|c/c/cgc BcdB|c2gc acgc|A/B/AGE EDDB|
c2gc acgc|c/c/cgc BcdE|FGAB ~c2Bc|1 cAGE FEDB:|2 cAGE DcBc||

Five comments

Sportin’ Belles

From James Byrne: The Road to Glenlough. Some suggested bowings included. The liner notes indicate it comes from the repertory of Francie Byrne. Basically, a version on Sporting Nell.

Yes, I hadn’t noticed that. Not identical, but basically the same tune.

X: 1
T: The Sportin’ Belles
T: Sporting Nell/The Long Strand (Donegal Version)?
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
D: Altan - The Red Crow
R: reel
K: Ddor
ADDB cBcB|ADDF EDCD|ADDB cBcG|A/B/AGE DcBc|
ADDB cBcB|ADDF EDCD|ADFD E/F/GcG|1 A/B/AGE DcBc:|2 A/B/AGE FEDB||
|:c2gc acgc|c/c/cgc BcdB|c2gc acgc|A/B/AGE EDDB|
c2gc acgc|c/c/cgc BcdE|FGAB ~c2Bc|1 cAGE FEDB:|2 cAGE DcBc||

Was wondering if this is a Donegal version of Sporting Nell/The Long Strand https://thesession.org/tunes/3169.

Sportin’ Belles

I’ve just transposed this up a tone and it sits much better on the fingers, both on the flute and the fiddle. I would guess that was how it was written; but perhaps I presume too much.

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