The Sally Gardens reel

Also known as Cronin’s, Down By The Sally Garden, Down By The Sally Gardens, Na Gairdíní Saileacha, The Salley Gardens, Sally Garden’s, The Sally Garden, Sally Gardner’s.

There are 145 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Silver Spear (lots of times), Miss McLeod’s (lots of times), The Sligo Maid (lots of times), The Congress (lots of times) and The Humours Of Tulla (lots of times).

The Sally Gardens has been added to 130 tune sets.

The Sally Gardens has been added to 1,946 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Sally Gardens
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2GA BAGB|dBeB dBAB|d2Bd efge|dBAB GEDE|
GFGA BAGB|d2eB dBAB|d2Bd efge|dBAB G4:|
|:dggf g2de|g2bg ageg|eaag a2eg|a2bg ageg|
dggf g2de|g2bg ageg|d2Bd efge|dBAB G4:|
X: 2
T: The Sally Gardens
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA|G2DG BAGB|dBeB dBAB|d2Bd efge|dBAB GEDE|
G2DG BAGB|dBeB dBAB|d2Bd efge|1 dBAB G2:|2 dBAB G4||
dggf g2dg|gabg agfg|eaag a2ea|agbg ageg|
dggf g2dg|gabg ageg|d2Bd efge|1 dBAB G4:|2 dBAB G2||
X: 3
T: The Sally Gardens
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DE|G2DG BAGB|dBeB dBAB|d2Bd efge|dBAB ABAG|
X: 4
T: The Sally Gardens
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA |:G2 DG BAGB | de ~e2 dBAB | d2 B/c/d edge | dBAB GEDE |
~G3 A BAGB | dBeB dBAB | dG B/c/d edge |[1 dBAB G3 F :|[2 dBAB g3 ||
|: e |dggf g2 dg | g2 bg aged | eaag ageg | a2 bg ageg |
dggf g2 bg | ~g2 bg abge | d2 B/c/d edge |[1 dBAB g3 :|[2 dBAB G2 |]
X: 5
T: The Sally Gardens
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: [A,A][B,B] |\
D2 [A,A]D F2 DF | AFBF AFEF | A/B/A FA BddB | AFEF D[B,B][A,A][B,FB] |
D2 A,D BD D/E/F | AFBF AF E2 | A2 FA B/c/d dB | AFED D2 :|
|: E/F/G |Ad-dc d/e/d AB | d/e/d fd edcd | Be-e^d e2 Bd | edfd edBG |
Addc d2 Ad | d2 fd edBG | A2 F/G/A Bd-dB | AFEF D2 :|
X: 6
T: The Sally Gardens
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2 DG B2 GB|dBeB dBAB|d2 (3Bcd efge|dBAB GEDE|
G2 DG B2 GB|dBeB dBAB|d2 (3Bcd efge| dBAB G4:||
|:dggf g2dg|g2 bg ageg|eaag a2ea|a2 bg ageg|
dggf g2dg|g2 bg ageg|d2 (3Bcd efge|dBAB G2:||
# Added by JACKB .

Thirteen comments

No relation to the William Butler Yeats poem and song "Down by the Sally Gardens", this is a lively reel just made for playing at sessions.

The second part has a great "ascending" feel to it which can be emphasised with the right accompaniment. A chord sequence rising in whole tones works well: G Am Bm finishing with a C, a D and back to G.

The Salley Garden’s

Here is a slightly different setting I learned in a workshop in Sligo last summer and have been playing since:

BA|G2DG BAGB|dBeB dBAB|d2Bd efge|dBAB GEDE|
G2DG BAGB|dBeB dBAB|d2Bd efge|1 dBAB G2:|2 dBAB G4||
dggf g2dg|gabg agfg|eaag a2ea|agbg ageg|
dggf g2dg|gabg ageg|d2Bd efge|1 dBAB G4:|2 dBAB G2||

My dad likes this tune.

Is it just me, or is the end of the third bar in the B part dying to be made into a triplet?

No, it’s definitely gagging to be a triplet. I’ve just played the last two notes in the 1st, 3rd and 5th bars as triplets and it makes them into a cute fluid "chirrup" that playing the notes cleanly just doesn’t.

Variations

Can someone post EVERY bit of ornamentation that comes to their head with this tune. When ever I play it at sessions, the way I play it never sounds right. It varies from county to county I think!!!

Thanks

Variation

Variation I mean!!!#

I play it like this

DE|G2DG BAGB|dBeB dBAB|d2Bd efge|dBAB ABAG|
EDG2 DGBA……

First tune I learned all the way through!

This was probably one of the first Irish tunes I learned.
I learned it on tinwhistle and play it a similar way on the mandolin.
I don’t know, but this tune and the poem "It was down by the Sally Gardens where my love and I did meet—-" are linked in my mind, both because how I played the tune slowly and how sad it sounds. When I speed it up, it turns a sad tune into a somewhat lively and happy one, almost seeming to say: "Hey, bad days happen, but there’s another side to every story."
I love this tune, both because it’s opened up a couple doors for me and I’ve learned alot trying to play it.

Whenever I hear it, the first part starts:

G2DG BdGB | dBeB dBAB

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“The Sally Gardens” ~ just what I need right now, an aspirin

Brother Ryan Duns take on it ~ ;-) ~ and does quite a nice job on it too. Now if only he’d work on understanding and managing hornpipes a bit better. :-D

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G1rUGU6m_M8

Sally Gardens

The whistle version on the video is excellent.

It’s identical to the first version I heard played by an English folk musician on a Shand Morino accordion in London in the 1960’s, so it has a certain vintage.

I’m now playing it again on the piano-accordein myself, which is more legato than staccato but the sound of the whistle is much better, it’s "sharper" and immediate - rather like a button-key box, which is more staccato than legato

James D

So who changed the title of this to "Cronin’s", and why ?

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Re: The Sally Gardens

Many song/tune titles can be quite mysterious - even impenetrable sometimes - but a sally garden is a willow plantation (genus Salix). Bit of educated slang.