The Kerryman’s Daughter (The Fisherman’s Lilt)

This week Kira taught us a great reel which she called “The Kerryman’s Daughter.” I found it referred to as “The Fisherman’s Lilt” as well. (Find Kira’s version of the tune on the TUNES page of this website!) We had a little discussion about whether the B part is played through once or twice, and we have heard versions of both ways. Played once, the length of the B matches the length of the A, but the B sounds great doubled too, leaving the A alone.

Here are a few other versions I found on YouTube.

Here’s a version by Oisín MacDiarmada. I love the first tune as well. The feel of his playing on these tunes puts me a little off-kilter, in a good way:

A couple more:


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