The Longest Reel (2009)

for solo Irish fiddle.

Duration: 8 mins.

Premiered by Aoife Ní Bhriain in August 2011 at the Masters of Tradition Festival, Bantry.

Programme Poem

(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

What the critics say…
  • “Under a DEIS-funded scheme to create new music granted in 2008, Flynn worked to brilliant effect with piper O’Brien and his daughter Aoife (fiddle)”
    Paul Keating,