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The reel 'Rakes O Mallow', 1770
The reel 'Rakes O Mallow', 1770

The reel is a common time tune written in 4/4 time. The reel is typified by rapidly played groups of eighth notes. It is usually the fastest type of dance tune, and is generally shorter than other 2 or 4 beat melodies.

On this recording, made at the National Folk Festival, Loughborough, 1979, we hear musicians including, Will Atkinson, Willy Taylor, Donald Ridley, George Hepple, Alistair Anderson and Joe Hutton playing a set of three Reels. The first tune is ’The Duke of Perth’, followed by ’The Rakes of Mallow’. The set finishes with ’The Flowers of Edinburgh’.

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