The Earl’s Chair reel

There are 65 recordings of a tune by this name.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Earl's Chair
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B2Bd BAFA | B2Bd BAFA | AF (3FFF DF (3FFF | AFdB AFEF |!
B2Bd BAFA | B2Bd BAFA | AFAB dcdf |edef d3z :||!
e2ec d2Bd | efec dFAB | e2ec d3e | fedB ADFA |!
e2ef eB(3BBB | gB(3BBB defg |afbf afef | gedB ADFA :||
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X: 2
T: The Earl's Chair
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B2 dB BAFA|B2 dB BAFB|AF (3FFF DF (3FFF|AFdB ADFA|
B2 dB BAFA|B2 dB BAFB|A3 B defd|1 edef d3 A:|2 edef d3 f||
e2 ef d2 df|edef dB A2|e2 ef dcde|fedB ADFA|
e2 ef dB (3BBB|gB (3BBB defg|afbf afeg|fedB ADFA:|
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X: 3
T: The Earl's Chair
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B3 B BAFA|B2 dB BAFB|A2 FA DAFA|A2dB ADFA|
B3 B BAFA|B2 dB BAFB|AFAB defd|1 edef d2FA:|2 edef dABd:|
e3 f d2Bd|edef dB Ad|e3 f d2de|fedB ADFA|
e3 e e2ed|e2ef defg|a2bf afeg|fedB ADFA:|
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X: 4
T: The Earl's Chair
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B2Bd BAFA | B2dB BAFB | ~A2AB AFDF | ~A2dB ADFA |
B2dB BAFA | B2dB ABdf | edef dBAf | ~e3d BAFA :|
|:~e3B d2Bd | ~e3B dBAB | ~e3B d3e | fedB ABFA |
~e3B ~e3B | ~e3B defa | afbf afea | fedB ABFA :|
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Fifteen comments

The Earl’s Chair

The story I heard about this one was that there is a great big chair-shaped rock somewhere in Ireland known as the "Earl’s Chair".

This tune is a very common session tune, which allows for a lot of variation. This setting is basic with only the trebles notated to keep the rhythm going. I like to play double stops on the first B (On Fiddle), first I drone the open D with the B, then on the second time around I play the lower G with the B. Try rolls, trebles, cuts those long notes are crying out for an ornament.

A guitarist would do well starting with the "G" then moving to the "Em". in the first bars.

Nice chords Brad - they’ve sparked an interesting debate on the thread about Lydian, Phrygian and Locrian modes Nov 2002.

The Earl’s Chair

This is a favourite version of mine.

K: Dmaj
B2 dB BAFA|B2 dB BAFB|AF (3FFF DF (3FFF|AFdB ADFA|
B2 dB BAFA|B2 dB BAFB|A3 B defd|1 edef d3 A:|2 edef d3 f||
e2 ef d2 df|edef dB A2|e2 ef dcde|fedB ADFA|
e2 ef dB (3BBB|gB (3BBB defg|afbf afeg|fedB ADFA:|

I believe this is the neatest one on the whistle or flute.

Jack Coen Version

This is the basic setting as played by Jack Coen, and can be found on the album he made with his son Jimmy, "Traditional Irish Music on Flute and Guitar"

X: 1
T: The Earl’s Chair
S: Jack Coen
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: Reel
K: Dmaj
B3 B BAFA|B2 dB BAFB|A2 FA DAFA|A2dB ADFA|
B3 B BAFA|B2 dB BAFB|AFAB defd|1 edef d2FA:|2 edef dABd:|
e3 f d2Bd|edef dB Ad|e3 f d2de|fedB ADFA|
e3 e e2ed|e2ef defg|a2bf afeg|fedB ADFA:|

According to Jack, this is the original version of the tune, and that it was composed by Pato (Packie) Maloney of Woodford, Co Galway , an uncle of Mike Rafferty.

It’s the elongated ‘e’ near the end of the second part that I like the best.

Tim

Down between the Two Derryoobers

This was the original title that Patto Moloney called the tune but replaced it with a more manageable title.

The Earl’s Chair (throne shaped rock) can be found in Derrycrag Wood.

Sounds modal to me… not like Dmaj.

Not Dmajor

This setting is B minor

Ahh…….. Em…….starting on the 5th

I’d say it’s in Dmaj. It’s just unusual in that if you were backing it, you wouldn’t start on a chord of D. Same thing as with the Providence reel. Several different possibilities are possible for the 1st chord. What’s important in this tune is where the melody resolves to. The way to tell is to look at the end of the parts. At the end of the A-part it resolves onto D - hence Dmaj is a good choice of key sig.

Nice recording on The Humours of Tulla 2 CD set. By Mikey O’Donoghue ( Anglo concertina) in The Blacksticks Bar , Siverstone , Tulla, in the 60s

What is your favorite tune to play along with Earl’s Chair?

What is your favorite tune to play along with Earl’s Chair?

however…

…as luck would have it, that particular link is wrong. Mick Moloney used to play this before "The Earl’s Chair"

http://thesession.org/tunes/404

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