The Clare reel

There are 15 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Clare appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Clare has been added to 27 tune sets.

The Clare has been added to 215 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Clare
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bdeg deBA|Bdeg d4|Bdeg deBA|GEDE G4:|
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X: 2
T: The Clare
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dBAB e2 dB|dBAB g2 fe|dBAB e2 de|(3fga ef d4:|
X: 3
T: The Clare
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|:Acdf cdAG|Acdf ~c3 A|Acdf cdAG|FDCD F4:|

Fifteen comments

The Clare reel - Hayes & Cahill

A pox on these musical acrobats - the simplest tunes are the best ! 1st track on the new(ish) Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill recording, one of the best recordings of Irish traditional music I’ve ever heard.

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I have a feeling I had heard this tune before somewhere under a different title - anyone else?

The Clare reel - Hayes & Cahill

This transcription is in G Major, but on the Martin Hayes and Denis Cahill Welcome Here Again recording the are definitely playing it in the finger-twisting key of E Flat

The Clare reel Hayes & Cahill

Just learning this tune on the whistle and banjo, its lovely, and simple. was learning it from the Welcome Here Again album (great album!) and with sheet music from this site. But no wonder i was having trouble with the tuning!

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The Clare reel

This is tune 905 in the Petrie Collection, in which it is called “A Clare Reel”. A note on the tune’s origin says: “Frank Keane. From his Father. Mar.10.1856”.
In keeping with the practice of the period the speed of the tune is indicated as “Allegro”.

Hayes tunes his fiddle down for this (and other) tracks on the Welcome Here Again cd. No finger twisting involved.

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Martin Hayes plays it in F

I learned the tune from Martin and he plays it a step down, key of F. On the CD, he additionally tuned down the fiddle, which gives the finger twisting Eb, but his fingering is in the key of F.

is it just me, or does the second part of the tune sound almost oriental??

Chris from The Green IRISH TEam

Hi, I was just make this song for our band, but I’ll to play it on the Whistley in Bb, also I was writed chords for guitar in D with capo on 1st fret and other players must to play it in Es.
Makeby I’ll to play this song in G (on Whistley Tin in D), while the chords for quitar are more courious:

|: G | C 9-13 | G/b | D
G | C 9-13 | G/b D7 | G :|

|: e | D | e | b7
e | D/fis | G D | G

bye - Chris

the second part

So, Chansherly212! The second part have the tune a little like a oriental melody, but I was heard, the traditional old irish scale is pentatonic too 🙂 and just like second part of The Clare.
For whistley the part I’ll modificated and the my tune is like conventional Irish song. If You interrested, I’ll write for You the notation.


Re: The Clare

Nice tune which I want to learn. Which key do I learn/which is usually played at sessions? The key from the recording or the various Martin Hayes youtube videos or in D? And, what about the following two tunes in that set, The East Clare Reel and Sporting Nell?

Thanks for enlightening this newcomer.