The Old Wexford reel

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Old Wexford has been added to 1 tune set.

The Old Wexford has been added to 28 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Old Wexford
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
g2 eg dB B2|g2 eg a2 ba|g2 eg dBBA|(3Bcd ge dGBd|
g2 eg dB B2|g2 eg a2 ba|g2 eg dBBA|(3Bcd ge dBAG|
EA A2 GB B2|dege dBAG|EA A2 GA (3Bcd|gedB A3 G|
EA A2 GB B2|dege dBAG|EA A2 GA (3Bcd|gedB A3 g|
2
X: 2
T: The Old Wexford
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
f|g/a/g eg dB B/d/B|gefg a3 f|g/a/g eg dBBA|B/c/d ge d2 ef|
g/a/g eg dB B2|g/a/g eg a2 ba|g/a/g eg dBBA|B/c/d ge dBAG||
EA A/B/A GB B/d/B|e2 ge dBAG|EA A/B/A GA B/c/d|edge dBAG|
EA A/B/A GB B/d/B|e2 ge dBAG|EA A/B/A GA B/c/d|edge d3||

Four comments

Fingal: Opening tune on their album

This is from the first track of the album “Fingal” by James Keane, Randal Bays and Dáithí Sproule. Its quite similar to Sporting Paddy, but definitely different enough to sit out on its own. This is pretty much note-for-note Fingal’s version though I’ve adapted it to the flute so a note might be different here or there. Regardless, enjoy!

Re: The Old Wexford

Great Version by James Keane on Button Accordion.

The Old Wexford, X:2

Here’s a local version of this reel. The tune I think came to be titled ‘The Old Wexford’ by Paddy Canny. It appears in the Feis Ceoil collection, collected by P.J. McCall and Arthur Darley as an unnamed reel. Perhaps because a significant amount of the Feis Ceoil material was collected in Wexford, maybe it was assumed this also came from a Wexford source. In fact the source was James Whiteside, ‘The Bard Of Bray’ in neighbouring Wicklow. James Whiteside, who was originally from County Monaghan, was a Feis ceoil winning fiddler. I think there may be a photograph of him in some of Francis O Neill’s publications.
Paddy Canny was very friendly over the years with the Wexford accordionist and fiddler Tom Dunne from Tombrick near Bunclody (who’s a long time stalwart of the traditional music scene in New York). So it’s possible that Tom may have been Paddy Canny’s source for this. Tom is an irregular visitor back to Ireland but I did play with him the last time he was back, so hopefully may get a chance to ask him the Canny connection if any for this tune.

Re: The Old Wexford

As there is another mention of P.J. McCall again today I wish to point out that McCall was not born in Carlow but in Dublin on 6 March 1861 at 25 Patrick Street to John and Eliza Mary (Newport) McCall. He was the only surviving son of three children born to the McCall family.
See Glory O! Glory O! - The Life of P.J. McCall by Liam Gaul.