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.

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


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.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 65bpm
Moderate tempo 85bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

References and Resources

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