The Skibbereen Lasses reel

The Skibbereen Lasses appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Skibbereen Lasses has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Skibbereen Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:e2 cA cdef|=gedc BcdB|e2 cA cdef|=gedB cA A2|
e2 cA cdef|=gedc BcdB|cAcd edef|=gedB cA A2:|
|:cAce a2 ef|=gedc BcdB|eA A2 a2 ef|=gedB cA A2|
cAce a2 ef|=gedc BcdB|A2 (3Bcd eaaf|=gedB cA A2:|
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2
X: 2
T: The Skibbereen Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:e2 cA cdef|gedc BcdB|e2 cA cdef|gedB cA A2|
e2 cA cdef|gedc BcdB|cAcd edef|gedB cA A2:|
|:cAce a2 ef|gedc BcdB|eA (3AAA a2 ef|gedB cA A2|
cAce a2 ef|gedc BcdB|A2 (3Bcd eaaf|gedB cA A2:|

Eight comments

The Skibbereen Lasses

Another Great tune from O’Neils, a little similar to eel in the sink, but different. A tune worth learning, I heard an old student of mine, Nick Martin playing it.

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I believe this is a single reel.

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I think it´s in Amix.

As transcribed, it is Amix, but in O’Neill’s the "g"s aren’t natural, so it is Amaj in the book:

X: 1
T: Skibbereen Lasses, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amaj
|:e2 cA cdef |gedc BcdB |e2 cA cdef |gedB cA A2 |
e2 cA cdef |gedc BcdB | cAcd edef |gedB cA A2 :|
|:cAce a2 ef |gedc BcdB | eA (3AAA a2 ef |gedB cA A2|
cAce a2 ef |gedc BcdB |A2 (3Bcd eaaf |gedB cA A2 :|

O’Neill’s isn’t some sort of bible, nothing about it is definitive, though you may well be right, though with the flattened 7ths this is how it’s played in Scotland on Highland pipes.

Re: The Skibbereen Lasses

This tune is found in O’Neill’s, The King Street Sessions Tunebook and various other places. Does single reel mean AB form? Every version I’ve seen save here has it with no repeats, AB form (8 bars, 8 bars) in A mixolydian, 2 sharps. I have the O’Neill’s edited by Miles Krassen and it is A mix. That makes sense harminically too as places such as the 2nd measure want to be a G chord.

Re: The Skibbereen Lasses

It looks like Daemco was looking at O’Neill’s 1850, where the tune is transcribed in A major with no accidentals, which must have been recognized as an error — in the later Dance Music of Ireland, O’Neill inserted natural signs on all of the Gs, like Jack’s setting.