Sheehan’s Reel

Reel, G, traditional Irish
Also known as: Sheehan’s; The Black-Eyed Sailor

TrailJams Tune of the Week. Sheehan's Reel. Traditional Irish Reel. Play it together August 28, 2022. Copyright 2022 Jonathan Lay. trailjams.org

This traditional Irish reel is a popular session tune that has made its way into the New England fiddle tune and contra dance repertoires.

Recordings

Dots (Music Notation)

As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.

Sheet music for Sheehan's Reel. Traditional Irish Reel in G Major. Arranged by Jonathan Lay 8/22/2022. trailjams.org
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 65bpm
Moderate tempo 85bpm

Sets

Examples of sets that include this tune.

  • Sheehan’s Reel / The Old Copperplate
  • Sheehan’s / The Silver Spear
  • Sheehan’s / Cameronian / Foxhunter’s (reel)
  • The Bellharbour Reel / Sheehan’s Reel

References and Resources

For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.