Knockdhu reel

By Ian Hardie

Also known as The Knockdhu.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

Knockdhu has been added to 15 tune sets.

Knockdhu has been added to 76 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Knockdhu
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A,2 ED CA,A,G,|A,CEG A2 E^F|G2 BG cGBG|DEGD EDB,G,|
A,2 ED CA,A,G,|A,CEG A2 E^F|G2 BG cGBG|1 DEGG, B,A,A,G,:|2 DEGA BAGB||
|:A2 aA gAaA|e2 ed cAAB|G2 BG cGBG|DEGA BAGB|
A2 aA gAaA|e2 ed cAAB|G2 BG cGBG|DEGG, B,A,A,[GG,]:|
2
X: 2
T: Knockdhu
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A,2 ED CA,A,G,|A,CEG c2 EF|G2 BG AG E2|DEGD EDB,G,|
A,2 ED CA,A,G,|A,CEG c2 EF|G2 BG AG E2|1 DEGG, B,A,A,G,:|2 DEGA BAGB||
|:A2 aA gAaA|e2 ed cAAB|G2 BG AGE2|[G,D]3 E GABG|
A2 aA gAaA|e2 ed cAAB|G2 BG AGE2|DEGD EDB,G,:|
3
X: 3
T: Knockdhu
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
A,2 ED CA,A,G,|A,CEG A2 E^F|G2 BG AG E2|DEGD EDB,G,|
A,2 ED CA,A,G,|A,CEG A2 E^F|G2 BG AG E2|1 DEGd, EDB,G,:|2 DEGA BAGB||
|:A2 aA gAaA|e2 ed cAAB|(3GGG BG AGE2|D3 E GABG|
A2 aA gAaA|e2 ed cAAB|(3GGG BG AGE2|DEGD EDB,G,:|
4
X: 4
T: Knockdhu
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:A,2 ED CA,A,G,|A,CEG A2 E^F|G2 BG AG E2|DEGD EDB,G,|
A,2 ED CA,A,G,|A,CEG A2 E^F|G2 BG AG E2|DEGG, B,A, A,2:|
|:A2 aA gA aA|e2 e d cAAB|G2 BG AG E2|D3 E GABG|
A2 aA gA aA|(e2 e)d cAAB|G2 BG AG E2|DEGG, B,A, A,2:|
5
X: 5
T: Knockdhu
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:"Am"A,2 ED CA,A,G,|A,CEG c2 E^F|"G"G2 BG AG E2|DEGD EDB,G,|
"Am"A,2 ED CA,A,G,|A,CEG c2 E^F|"G"G2 BG AG E2|"Em"DEGG, "Am"B,A, A,2:|
|:"Am"A2 aA gAaA|e2 ed cAAB|"G"G2 BG AG E2|[D3G,3] E GABG|
"Am"A2 aA gAaA|e2 ed cAAB|"G"G2 BG AG E2|"Em"DEGG, "Am"B,A, A,2:|
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Thirteen comments

Knockdhu, Co. Antrim

Just watching an episode from Time Team about a Bronze Age settlement 🙂

Interesting, a different Knockdhu!

There are several. At least two whiskies named are after different hills.

There must be a fair few in Dakota, it seems.

“At least two whiskies named are after different hills.”
Ouch…..

No, I hadn’t been sampling them. There are at least two whiskies named after different hills.

Chords

Has anyone ever looked into what the chords are for this?

Chords

For the chords, I usually go through Am, Am, G, Em

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Knockdhu, X:2

I learned this tune from a friend of mine who in turn learned it at a fiddle camp up in the Gulf Islands in B.C. The C arpeggio in the A section is what really caught my ear, and when I looked the tune up here and found the only setting had the c as an A instead I simply had to add this setting.

Interesting variation, Adam. Definitely a different feel with just one note.

Knockdhu Reel as written

The tune as written by Ian Hardie seems to have spawned offspring! If you combine Pintlicker’s part 1 with Adam Work’s part 2 you get very close to the original (and best) version, as found in Christine Martin & Anne Hughes Ho-ro-gheallaidh volume 2, and they are the oracles on Scots tunes for me.

Knockdhu, X:4

One of my favourite tunes which, for a moment last night, I thought wasn’t submitted here!

It had to be though but it just wasn’t linked to the composer at that time.

This is Ian’s original setting and I’ve just added it here as there are one or two slight differences especially in the final bars.

I may have been playing it slightly different myself over the years but this has likely evolved through time. I’ll need to double check my original “ALP” setting sometime too, if I can find it.
🙂

Knockdhu, X:5

Having just noticed the request from a few years ago for a version with chords, here’s a setting with some fairly straightforward suggestions.

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