Saturday 17 January 2015
Tune of the Day: The Swallow's Tail
Traditional Irish reel
This reel is known under many different titles, including “The Steeplechase”, “Take your Hand Away” and “Molly's Nightcap”. In his book Between the Jigs and the Reels (1994), Caoimhin Mac Aoidh states the tune is more correctly called in County Donegal the “Swallow's Tail Coat”, named after the long split-tail coats dancing masters wore.
This reel is often paired with “The Green Fields of America”.