Here are 5 easy reels for tin whistle beginners or improvers. Reels are perhaps the most challenging Irish tunes to play, but also the most rewarding. In this post you will find sheet music and whistle tablatures of each tune, as well as recordings of each tune played at moderate speed and also slower. I’ve also included Spotify playlist of the tunes played by Irish musicians, with several examples of each tune.
1. John Egan’s Reel
2. Tommy O’Dea’s Reel
3. Hanly’s Reel
4. The Galtee Rangers
5. Famous Ballymote
Scroll to the bottom of the page to download the sheet music & whistle tabs of the 5 reels, as a printable pdf file.
1: John Egan’s Reel
John Egan was a flute player from County Sligo, and there seem to be several reels bearing his name.
2: Tomeen O’Dea’s Reel
This reel was collected by Breathnach in CRE1, from the flute player Michael Tubridy. It was recorded by Macdara O’Raghallaigh on his live album (the last tune in the epic 10-minute set in the playlist below)
3: Hanly’s Reel
This reel is associated with flute player Patsy Hanly from County Roscommon, and is a great flute reel.
4: The Galtee Rangers
This tune has associations with County Kerry, and is often played with the Glountane reel and Callaghan’s. It was recorded by Mary Bergin on her seminal Feadoga Stain 2 album.
5: Famous Ballymote
Recorded by the Bothy Band back in the 70s and a session staple since.
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