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The Longest Reel

for solo Irish fiddle

Year:  2009   ·  Duration:  8m

Year:  2009
Duration:  8m

Dave Flynn

Composer:   Dave Flynn


(This poem was used to introduce ‘The Longest Reel’ on the night of the premiere)

This piece was written for Siobhán Peoples, but Siobhán can’t be with us cos she’s at a Steeple

Because today her sister’s just been wed, So tonight we have Aoife Ó’Brien instead

No better woman to take Siobhán’s place, Others might find it too daunting to face

This piece does exactly what it says on the tin, It’s the Longest Reel that’s ever been written

It goes non-stop for 8 minutes or so, It starts like a Highland then grows and grows

Into a wild meandering melody, Like Paddy Fahey and Con Cassidy

Meeting J.S. Bach and Igor Stravinsky, For a mighty session down the street

The tune takes many twists and turns, Some are quite odd, quite tricky to learn

There’s double-stopping and odd hiccup beats, But it’s no trouble to Aoife, you’re in for a treat