Lad O’Beirne’s (O’Brein’s) Reel

Key: G

Form: Reel


X: 2
T: Lad O'Beirne's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG~G2 DG~G2|AcBG AE~E2|DG~G2 DGBd|e2dg edge|
dB~B2 AE~E2|cE~E2 GEDB,|DEGA B2Bc|1 dBAc BGGE:|2 dBAc BGG2||
|:d2Be d2Bd|e2dg edge|dB~B2 dBGB|cE~E2 GED2|
Bd~d2 Bdef|g2fa gedB|DEGA B2Bc|dBAc BGG2:|


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Calligraphy by David Kaynor


Sheet Music in PDF*: Lad O’Beirne’s (reel)


Source (if known): Lad O’Beirne (1911-1980)

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Region: Ireland, via New York

*Notes: There appear to be many variations of this tune plus at least a couple of quite different reels and hornpipes by the same name.  From a post on, “A little background I’ve found about Lad O’Beirne (1911-1980). He was born in Co. Sligo and emigrated to the USA in 1928 where he became established in the New York musical scene. His style, like Michael Coleman’s, was a distinctive New York-Sligo style exemplified not only by him and Coleman but also by James Morrison and Paddy Killoran. Lad O’Beirne did not make any commercial recordings, unlike most of his contemporaries (although a few private recordings of his playing are believed to have been made), but for all that his playing was just as influential as that of the others. Ed Reavy was sufficiently impressed to compose and name a hornpipe after Lad O’Beirne. Today, there is a significant number of tunes with “Lad O’Beirne” in the title.