Willie Clancy’s reel

Also known as The Grey Gander, The Humours Of Quilty, Jackie Fitzpatrick’s, John Naughton’s, Miss Cunningham’s.

There are 14 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Dooney Rock (a few times).

Willie Clancy’s has been added to 3 tune sets.

Willie Clancy's has been added to 68 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Willie Clancy's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:AG|EAAB c3A |BG G2 BGAG |EAAB cdef |(3gfe dB BAAG |
EAAB cedc |BG G2 BGAG |EAAB cdef |(3gfe dB BAAG |
EAAB cedc |BG G2 BGAG |EAAB cdef |(3gfe dB BAAG |
EAAB cA A2 |BG G2 cAAG |EAAB cBce |dBGA BAAg ||
|:ea a2 aged |(3Bcd ef g2 dg | eaag agef |(3gfe dB BAAg |
ea a2 aged |(3Bcd ef g2 fg | af (3gfe fdef |1(3gfe dB BAAg :|2(3gfe dB BAAG||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 2
T: Willie Clancy's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|EGAB c2dc|BGGG BGAG|EGAB c2eg|gedg eAAG|
EGAB c2dc|BGGG BGAG|EGAB c2eg|gedg eAAA||
a2ea aged|^cdef g2ag|eaab agef|gedg eAAA|
eaab aged|^cdef g2ag|eaag egde|gedg eAAG||
X: 3
T: Willie Clancy's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EAAB c3A|BG G2 BGAG|EAAB cBcd|(3ege dB cAAG|
EAAB cBcd|BG G2 BGAG|EAAB cBcd|(3ege dB A4:|
eaa2 aged|(3B^cd ef g2fg|eaa2 agef|g2ed BAA2|
eaa2 aged|(3B^cd ef g2fg|(3agf ge (3fed ef|(3gfe dBBA A2:|

Thirteen comments

Willie Clancy’s

A great reel from the playing of Liam O’Flynn.

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Eel in the Sink

It sounds to me like a variant of The Eel in the Sink.

There is a typo in the last bar, there is for sure no high b at this point of the melody, it has to be B.
Great reel!!

Another source

Identified on Chulrua’s "Down the Back Lane" as "Micho Russell’s" and played thus:

|EGAB c2dc|BGGG BGAG|EGAB c2eg|gedg eAAG|
EGAB c2dc|BGGG BGAG|EGAB c2eg|gedg eAAA||
a2ea aged|^cdef g2ag|eaab agef|gedg eAAA|
eaab aged|^cdef g2ag|eaag egde|gedg eAAG||

The B part similarities with Eel in the Sink are as striking as the A parts are rythmically different.

This tune is included by Josephine Keegan in her 2004 tunebook "A Drop in the Ocean" as Miss Cunningham’s Reel.

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I’m not sure this is the tune that follows Palm Sunday

Which is the one that follows Palm Sunday on ‘At First Light’? It’s a lovely set but I’m not sure it is this version of Willie Clancy’s

It’s not…

Willie Clancy has several tunes named after him. The "Palm Sunday" set doesn’t have any reels in it, and certainly not this one.

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Palm Sunday set

many thanks for the link, I’ll get practicing

I think also known as …

…. Jackie Fitzpatrick’s? Donal Clancy does a great version on guitar together with Boy in the Boat.

Two Tone CD by Kieran O Hare and John Skelton

If anyone has this CD it lists Willie Clancy’s as tune number 4 but this isn’t the same one, anyone know what the proper name of it is? I will try to post the abc’s later.

Willie Clancy’s, X:3

This is the setting of Willie Clancy’s that I learned, given to me as handwritten notation. I’ve always liked the triplets and the way the tune flowed. A great pipe tune.