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The Lisdoonvarna Reel (G)

“The Lisdoonvarna Reel” is tune #1314 in O’Neill’s 1850 (1903), and #576 in O’Neill’s 1001 (1907).  It dates from at least the late eighteenth century, but has a number of names, such as “The Irish Hautboy.”  A hautboy is double-reed instrument, usually an oboe.  In this case, because hautboy is preceded by Irish, the title probably refers to what we now call the uilleann pipes, a double-reed instrument. A simpler version, dated to around 1820, is found in the Joseph Kershaw manuscript, from the northwest of England.


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