Lovely Lough Sheelin strathspey

Also known as Lovely Lough Sheelin Highland Fling.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Lovely Lough Sheelin has been added to 11 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Lovely Lough Sheelin
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A>F |D2 F>A d>AF>D | (3EGE =c>G E>A (3GFE |\
D2 (3FGA d2 (3FGA | f>de>c (3ded :|
(3ABc |d2 (3agf d>ef>a | g>be>d d>Ac>A |\
d>fa>f d2 (3agf | g>b (3edc d2 A>g |
(3fdf a>f d2 (3agf | g>be>d c>Ac>g |\
(3fga e>c d2 (3efg | (3agf (3edc d2 |]
X: 2
T: Lovely Lough Sheelin
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: AF |D2 FA dAFD | E2 CD A,ECE |\
D2 FA dAFA | fdec d2 :|
dg |f2 af defa | gbed dAAg |\
f2 af defa | gbec d2 dg |
f2 af defa | gbed cAAg |\
faec defg | afge fd |]
X: 3
T: Lovely Lough Sheelin
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A>F |D2 F>A d>AF>D | E2 =c>G E>AG>E |\
D2 F>A d2 F>A | f>de>c d2 :|
A>g |f>da>f d>ef>a | g2 e>d d>Ac>A |\
d>fa>f d2 a>f | g>be>c d>Ac>g |
f2 a>f d2 a>f | g>Be>d c2 A>g |\
f>ae>c d>ef>g | a>fe>c d2 |]

Seven comments

“Lovely Lough Sheelin” ~ another lovely tune by Ed Reavy

Lough Sheelin is in County Cavan.

Does anyone have any tales about the Reavys and their County Cavan roots?

“Lovely Lough Sheelin” ~ Highland Fling ~ sans > & < & (3

X: 2
T: Lovely Lough Sheelin
C: Ed Reavy
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: highland fling
K: Dmaj
|: AF |\
D2 FA dAFD | E2 CD A,ECE |
D2 FA dAFA | fdec d2 :|
dg |\
f2 af defa | gbed dAAg |
f2 af defa | gbec d2 dg |
f2 af defa | gbed cAAg |
faec defg | afge fd |]

The above bare transcription is closer to the notes of the Ed Reavy collection…

“Lovely Lough Sheelin”- whistle & flute?

Just played the fling version through; maybe something like | E2 GE AEcE | for the second bar of the first part for whistle & flute instead of dropping down to the next octave?

Highland Fling it is ~

It is a highland fling, but the nearest close relative, and very close, is the strathspey category on site here. The form tends to be filed under either strathspeys or barndances, and I’ve done it both ways. Some get filed under their alternate use as a reel, sometimes single, sometimes doubled…

“Lovely Lough Sheelin” ~ this transcript reduced & a few other options:

X: 3
T: Lovely Lough Sheelin
C: Ed Reavy
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: strathspey
K: Dmaj
|: AF |\
D2 FA dAFD | E2 =cG EAGE |
D2 FA d2 FA | fdec d2 :|
Ag |\
fdaf d>ef>a | g2 e>d d>Ac>A |
dfaf d2 af | gbec dAcg |
f2 af d2 af | gBed c2 Ag |
faec defg | afec d2 |]

R: Highland Fling ~ as Ed Reavy intended

Oops! ~ the ‘lost sleep’ syndrome…

Re: tales of Ed Reavy, the legend…Go to the Reavy Foundation sites. There is a wealth of info regarding the story of the man and his music available thanks to Mick Moloney and his sons’, Ed and Joe. It is truly fascinating how he composed so many unique tunes, 500 or so.

I just had lunch with Ed Reavy, the son, and his wife last week at the Sligo Pub, in Media, PA. Every time I see Ed, now 83 years old, I hear another story about his father and get more advice on which tunes I should learn. I’m sure there is not enough room here…I’d have to write a book. Maybe I will!