The Pigeon On The Gale reel

The Pigeon On The Gale has been added to 4 tunebooks.

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X: 1
T: The Pigeon On The Gale
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G3G GcBA|GABA GE ED|DG (3GGG GABd|egdB BAAB|
G3G GcBA|GABA GEED|DG (3GGG GABd|egdB G4:|
|:dgde dgd2|gdBB ABd2|gded efge|dB (3BBB ABd2|
dgde dgd2|gdBB ABdB|c2cA B2Bd|1 egdB dgde:|2 egdB BAAB|]
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The Pigeon On The Gale

I originally found this tune in Kerr’s Collections, but this is transcribed pretty much as I know it to play. I really like the ‘floaty’ B part.

Apparently David Taylor (1992) identifies this as the root tune for a family of tunes which includes "The Boys of Portaferry," "The Sporting Boys," "The Pullet," "Shearing of the Sheep," and "The Red-Haired Lass." The title is not to be confused with "Pigeon on the Gate." The word ‘gale’ can mean either a strong wind or may refer to ‘sweet-gale’, a type of bog-plant. Kerr (Merry Melodies), Vol. 4; No. 112, pg. 14".

I checked those other tunes, and there are similarities, but they are definitely different.

Frankly Martin, I think you should be ashamed of yourself

Head duly hung in shame, Fred.