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Galway Rambler


Galway Rambler (Reel)


James Kelly states: “This version my father plays is a mixture of two versions – common 1st part plus Michael Coleman’s 2nd part. The version Michael Coleman played had the 2nd part my father learned from Coleman. The common 2nd part stays in the major key of G whereas the Coleman setting goes into the minor E.”

Brendan Breathnach collect this tune from John’s good friend Sonny Brogan under the name “Tiarna Wellington” for his book Ceol Rince na hÉireann I, 1963; No. 199.

Photo Details: Date: unknown, Location: Galway, Co. Galway,  Photographer: Caoimhín Ó Danachair

Credit: The Photographic Collection, B060.01.00008 © National Folklore Collection, UCD. Link.


John Kelly Senior playing The Galway Rambler on concertina.

Details: Recording Session for RTÉ (Radio Telefis Éireann)

Location: Kitchen of Marrinan’s Old Bar, Miltown Malbay, Co. Clare

Date: July 9, 1975

Credit: Recorded by Barry Taylor, part of his book “Music in a Breeze of Wind” about music in West Clare. Link. 



Galway Rambler