The Glentown Reel/ Lord MacDonald’s

I am fascinated by Scottish tunes that cross over into Ireland and this week’s tune is no exception. The Glentown Reel has 2 parts and many names in Ireland, but it was originally a 4 part Scottish tune entitled Lord MacDonald’s Reel.

In G, it suits flutes and whistles well and the missing two parts are very similar but played lower than the range of our instruments but within the compass of the fiddle. There are various recordings of it on YouTube. Here’s a version from Unst in the Shetland Isles found on the Tobar an Dualchais / Kist o’ Riches website.

Some background on the tune and resources can be found on The Flow Music Workshops website and The Flow website, where I posted about them a few years ago. I will eventually move the resources over to this site too.

Update 27 September: New recordings and the notation have now been added to the Resources page for this year.


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