Lady Eligen’s Courtship reel

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

Lady Eligen's Courtship has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Lady Eligen's Courtship
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E2BE GBF2|GBEc ~d2cd|BEEF ~G3A|~F3E FGA=c|
B3E ~G2F2|GBEc ~d2cd|BGEF GABG|~F3E FGAd||
B3c d2cd|BABc dBA2|BGGF GABc|dBAF FEEA|
B3c d2cd|BABc dBAd|BG~G2 GABc|dBAF FEDF||

Eight comments

Finbarr Dwyer’s

From Michelle O’Brien, Aogan Lynch & Gavin Ralston, track 11, 1st tune. This transcription is a bit of a mixture of the concertina and fiddle settings. I think the tunes might be listed back to front in the liner notes because Lady Elgin’s Courtship is a very old tune and it’s definitely the 2nd tune in the set, not the 1st, which by a process of elimination means that this one must be Finbarr Dwyer’s.

I was prompted to post this because it’s currently in vogue at my local session. It attracted my attention because it sounds really unusual. At first I didn’t like it much, but it’s grown on me, and now I like it.

They only play the 1st bar as posted 1st time through. The rest of the time, they simply play |E3F ~G2F2|. I like it better the way they play it the 1st time though, so that’s why I chose to transcribe it that way.

Don’t think so, Dow…

I had a listen to this track last night. The 2nd tune is "The Donegal Traveller", which Finbarr Dwyer recorded
[ as "Gillespie’s", if I remember correctly ]. I reckon they got their 2nd tune from his recording, and named it after him. If what you’ve posted here is the first tune, then I can’t see why it’s not "Lady Elgin’s Courtship".

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Great detective work, Kenny. I’ve renamed my submission according to the track listing.

I was confused after finding a transcription of a Bb reel called "Lady Elgin’s Courtship" at JC’s tunefinder. The A-part is almost the same as the Donegal Traveller - check it out. Either this is just a really weird coincidence, or there’s more to the story.

Anyone got info on the composer? I don’t have the liner notes.

Lady Eligans

Great tune dow - we should play it next time.

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