The Tail Toddle reel

Also known as Ffidl Ffadl, Ffidl-ffadl, Fidl Fadl, Lasses Gar Your Tails Toddle, Lasses Gar Your Tails Todle, Lasses Make Your Tails Toddle, Lasses Make Your Tails Todle, Little Wot Ye Wha’s Coming, Tail Toddle, Tail Todle, Tail Toodle, Tail Tottle.

There are 19 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Tail Toddle has been added to 83 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Tail Toddle
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2fd g2fe|d2fd e2cA|d2fd g2fe|fgaf e2cA:|
|:g2dB B2dB|g2dB e2cA|g2dB B2dB|A2af e2cA:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Tail Toddle
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G/G/G BG c2 GE | G/G/G BG A2 FD | G/G/G BG cABG | A/B/c B/c/d A2 FD :|
|: c2 GE EcGE | c2 GE DAFD | c2 GE d/c/B/A/ BG | A/B/c B/c/d A2 FD :|
|: G/G/G BG cABE | G/G/G BG ADFD | G/G/G BG cABG | A/B/c B/c/d c2 AF :|
|: c2 Ec EcGE | c2 Ec DAFD | c2 Ec d/c/B/A/ BG | A/B/c B/c/d A2 FD :|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Tail Toddle
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d/d/d fd "tr"g2 dB|d/d/d fd "tr"e2cA|d/d/d fd gefd|e/f/g f/g/a "tr"e2cA:|
|:"tr"g2dB Bgec|"tr"g2dB AecA|"tr"g2dB BgdB|e/f/g f/g/a "tr"e2cA:|
|:d/d/d fd gefB|d/d/d fB eAcA|d/d/d fd gefd|e/f/g/e/ f/g/a/f/ "tr"e2cA:|
|:g2Bg BgdB|g2Bg BgcA|g2Bg a/g/f/e/ fd|e/f/g/e/ f/g/a/f/ "tr"e2eA:|
ABC
X: 4
T: The Tail Toddle
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| D Dsus | D A | D Dsus | D A :|
|: G |G A | G | A :|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Tail Toddle
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: d/d/d fd | g2 ec | d/d/d fd | e2 cA |
d/d/d fd | ge ge | e/f/g f/g/a | e2 cA :|
g2dB | Bg dB | g2dB |Ae cA |
{g2dB | Bg dB | e/f/g f/g/a | e2 cA :|}
ABC

Eighteen comments

I love this tune. It’s my favourite scottish reel. For me who wrote it is a genius.

Tail Toddle

"Tail Toddle, tail toddle, Tammy gars ma tail toddle,
But ‘n ben ’ n diddle daddle, Tammy gars ma tail toddle"

It’s from a song about…. well, use your imagination !

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TailToddle- coincidence

The day before you posted this, Gian Marco, Archie Fisher,the presenter of Radio Scotland’s "Travelling Folk" programme played the song of the tune from a newly-released CD in memory of Tony Cuffe, and it’s as good a piece of Scottish traditional music as I’ve ever heard. Archie said that the glossary of words translated from Scots into English is almost as long as the song itself. The CD is on the "Greentrax" label and is called "Sae Will We Yet", I think you might like it. The programme can be heard on the internet for the next 5 days. You might like to check it out , and I’d be interested to know what you think, if you do.

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Tail Toddle at Radio Scotland

Goooood!!! Thanks Kenny!

Tail Toddle

This i think is the basis of Sean Sa Cheo played by and attributed to Neillie Boyle late Donegal fiddler.Claiming to compose trad music is an oxymoron?

I’ve heard this one in my session recently. I quite like it.

“Lasses Gar Your Tails Todle” / “Tail Toddle” ~ James Aird 1782

James Aird’s Selection of Scotch, English, Irish, and Foreign Airs, Vol. II, Glasgow, 1782

K: G Major
|: G/G/G BG c2 GE | G/G/G BG A2 FD | G/G/G BG cABG | A/B/c B/c/d A2 FD :|
|: c2 GE EcGE | c2 GE DAFD | c2 GE d/c/B/A/ BG | A/B/c B/c/d A2 FD :|
|: G/G/G BG cABE | G/G/G BG ADFD | G/G/G BG cABG | A/B/c B/c/d c2 AF :|
|: c2 Ec EcGE | c2 Ec DAFD | c2 Ec d/c/B/A/ BG | A/B/c B/c/d A2 FD :|

“Tail Toddle”

CHORUS:
Tail toddle, tail toddle,
Tammy gars ma tail toddle
But and ben wi’ diddle doddle
Tammy gars ma tail toddle

Oor guidwife held ow’r tae Fife
Fur tae buy a coal riddle
Lang e’er she cam’ back again
Tammy gar ma tail toddle

~ Chorus ~

Jessie Mack gied a plaque
Helen Wallace gied a boddle
Quo the bride "it’s ower little
fur tae mend a broken doddle"

~ Chorus ~

Twain, twain, made the bed,
Twain, twain, lay th’gither,
When the bed began to heat,
The yin lay in abin the tither

~ Chorus ~

Whan am deid am oot o’ date,
When am seek am fu o trouble,
When am weel a stap aboot an’
Tammy gars ma tail toddle.

~ Chorus ~

“Tail Todle” ~ from “The Merry Muses of Caledonia”, 1799

CHORUS:
Tail todle, tail todle;
Tammie gart my tail todle;
At my ae wi’ diddle doddle,
Tammie gart my tail todle.

1.) Our gudewife held o’er to Fife,
For tae buy a coal-riddle;
Lang or she came back again,
Tammie gart my tail todle.

~ Chorus ~

2.) When I’m deid I’m out o’ date;
When I’m seik I’m fu’ o’ trouble;
When I’m weel I step about,
An’ Tammie gars my tail todle.

~ Chorus ~

3.) Jenny Jack she gae a plack,
Helen Wallace gae a boddle;
Quo’ the bride, its o’er little
For tae mend a broken doddle.

~ Chorus ~

“Lasses Gar Your Tails Todle” ~ ?

~ & a fragment from who knows where? ~ one of you may, and may even have the rest of the words?:

Lasses gar your Tails Todle,
Spread your houghs lat in the Dodle,
that will gar your Tails Todle.

“Ghillie Callum” / “Tail Todle” / “Sword Dance” ~ & correction

Submitted on December 26th 2003 by tradivarium.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2305

Both of these two airs have been associated with the song and the Sword Dance…

CORRECTION: The link to "Whistle" above was a mistake on my part, a ‘confusion’ late at night (a.m.) under the influence of too many Strathspeys and associated Scottish intoxicants… :-/

Tail Toddle

This appears under the title of "Little Wot Ye Wha’s Coming" in the Northumbrian minstrelsy. This 4-part setting is similar to the James Aird setting above but is in a different key:

X: 68
T: Little Wot ye Wha’s Coming
S: Northumbrian Minstrelsy
M: C
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d/d/d fd "tr"g2 dB|d/d/d fd "tr"e2cA|d/d/d fd gefd|e/f/g f/g/a "tr"e2cA:|
|:"tr"g2dB Bgec|"tr"g2dB AecA|"tr"g2dB BgdB|e/f/g f/g/a "tr"e2cA:|
|:d/d/d fd gefB|d/d/d fB eAcA|d/d/d fd gefd|e/f/g/e/ f/g/a/f/ "tr"e2cA:|
|:g2Bg BgdB|g2Bg BgcA|g2Bg a/g/f/e/ fd|e/f/g/e/ f/g/a/f/ "tr"e2eA:|

Chords to Tail Toddle

| D Dsus | D A | D Dsus | D A :|
|: G |G A | G | A :|

The following transcription is from this recording http://www.thesession.org/recordings/display/2243 , played by Welsh fiddler Huw Roberts under the name of ‘Ffidl Ffadl’ (The last line is conjecture - I got it from a free sound clip, being too tight to buy the CD):

T: Ffidl Ffadl
K: D Major
L:1/8
M:2/4
|: d/d/d fd | g2 ec | d/d/d fd | e2 cA |
d/d/d fd | ge ge | e/f/g f/g/a | e2 cA :|
g2dB | Bg dB | g2dB |Ae cA |
{g2dB | Bg dB | e/f/g f/g/a | e2 cA :|}

There is a tune posted as Ffidl Ffadl
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/2146 which is clearly a closely related tune, but the version on this recording is in fact closer to this tune than the one by that name.

Tail Toddle

Rebecca Lomnicky (see my link Scottish Fiddler) taught my class this tune during a Strings camp. It’s a nice tune, very friendly in my opinion.