The Shan Van Vocht reel

Also known as An TSean Bhean Bhocht, The Poor Old Woman, Sean Bhan Bocht, The Shan Van Vought, The Thorn Bush In Oor Kail Yaird.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Shan Van Vocht has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Shan Van Vocht
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2c2 | BGAB GE (3DEG | A2A2A2 dc | BGAB GFED |
E2G2G2 :||: AB | c2cd e2fg | dBAG A2 GA|
BdAB GFED| E2A2A2 dc | BGAB GEDE | GGG:|
X: 2
T: The Shan Van Vocht
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2c2 | BGAB GE (3DEG | A2A2A2 dc | BGAB GFED |
E2G2G2 :||: AB | c2cd e2fg | dBAG A2 GA|
BdAB GFED| E2A2A2 dc | BGAB GEDE | GGG:|
X: 3
T: The Shan Van Vocht
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DE|DG AG|E2 DE|G2 G2|G2 GA|
BG AG|E2 DE|A2 A2|A2 GA|
BA Bd|e2 ge|eB AG|A2 GA|
BG AG|E2 DE|G2 G2|G2||
A|B>GA>G E>GD>G|G2 G>F G>BA>G|E>AA>B c>BA>G|A/B/A G>B A3 B|\
c>ec>e B>dB>d|A>BA>G E/G/E D2|B>GA>GE>GD>E|G2 G>F G3::\
B|d2 e>B d>BG>B|e2 e>d e3 f|g>fe>d B>GB>d|g/a/g f>a g2 e>f|\
g>bg>f e>ge>d|B>GA>G E/F/E D2|B>GA>G E>GD>E|G2 G>F G3:|
GA|BGAG EGDG|EAAG A2 GA|BGAG EGDG|EG G2 EG G2|
BGAG EGDG|EAAG A2 GA|BGAG EGDG|EG G2 EGGD||
G2 Bd eBdB|GBdB BAAB|G2 Bd edBc|dBAc BGGD|
G2 Bd eBdB|GBdB BAAB|G2 Bd edBc|gbaf gedc||

Seven comments

ABC header

T:The shan van vocht
M:4/4
L:1/4
S:The penny whistle book Robin Williamson 1977 Oak Publications
K:Gmaj

boisei0 - I suggest you alter your abc text for a default note length of 1/8, as this is how the database is set up. You can cut and paste the following into the abc editor in place of your original one:

d2c2 | BGAB GE (3DEG | A2A2A2 dc | BGAB GFED |
E2G2G2 :||: AB | c2cd e2fg | dBAG A2 GA|
BdAB GFED| E2A2A2 dc | BGAB GEDE | GGG:|

This tune sounds like a set dance. Does Robin Williamson give any more information about it in the book?

It shares it’s name with at least one other tune (although no discernible musical connection):
https://thesession.org/tunes/1599

and it reminds me in parts of this one:

https://thesession.org/tunes/1668

Poor old woman

You may also want to list it as An tSean Bhean Bhocht. Also look at the three part hornpipe of the same name and family.

Posted .

"three part hornpipe of the same name and family"

Kilfarboy - I couldn’t find any musical similarity between these two tunes.

The melody in different rythms

Michael Tubridy as 3 settings of the melody in Craobh Naithi’s tunebook. They are:-


T:An tSean-Bhean Bhocht
R:air
S:Traditional Irish Music, Book 1, page 17
M:2/4
L:1/8
K:G
DE|DG AG|E2 DE|G2 G2|G2 GA|
BG AG|E2 DE|A2 A2|A2 GA|
BA Bd|e2 ge|eB AG|A2 GA|
BG AG|E2 DE|G2 G2|G2||

T:Bantry Bay
R:hornpipe
S:Traditional Irish Music, Book 1, page 17
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
A|B>GA>G E>GD>G|G2 G>F G>BA>G|E>AA>B c>BA>G|A/B/A G>B A3 B|\
c>ec>e B>dB>d|A>BA>G E/G/E D2|B>GA>GE>GD>E|G2 G>F G3::\
B|d2 e>B d>BG>B|e2 e>d e3 f|g>fe>d B>GB>d|g/a/g f>a g2 e>f|\
g>bg>f e>ge>d|B>GA>G E/F/E D2|B>GA>G E>GD>E|G2 G>F G3:|

T:Tomeen O’Dea’s Reel
R:Reel
S:Traditional Irish Music, Book 1, page 17
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
GA|BGAG EGDG|EAAG A2 GA|BGAG EGDG|EG G2 EG G2|
BGAG EGDG|EAAG A2 GA|BGAG EGDG|EG G2 EGGD||
G2 Bd eBdB|GBdB BAAB|G2 Bd edBc|dBAc BGGD|
G2 Bd eBdB|GBdB BAAB|G2 Bd edBc|gbaf gedc||