A Cup Of Tea reel

Also known as The Merry Harriers, Na Reathaite Medhreatcha, The Tinker’s.

There are 32 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Hut In The Bog (a few times), The Merry Harriers (a few times), Miss Girdle (a few times), The Tailor’s Thimble (a few times).

A Cup Of Tea has been added to 80 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: A Cup Of Tea
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:eA (3AAA g2 fg|eA (3AAA BGGf|eA (3AAA g2 fg|1afge d2 gf:|2afge d2 cd||
|:eaag efgf|eaag edBd|eaag efge|afge dgfg:|
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X: 2
T: A Cup Of Tea
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
eAAa ~g2fg|eA~A2 BGBd|eA~A2 ~g2fg|1af (3gfe dG~G2:|2af (3gfe d2^cd||
eaag efgf|eaag ed (3Bcd|eaag efgb|af (3gfe d2^cd:|
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Seven comments

The Merry Harriers

This is another quite different setting of the Merry Harriers http://thesession.org/tunes/1230
I think this is something like the version in O’Neills, and it’s got a different B-part to Altan’s version.

A Cup Of Tea

This is a Scottish pipe-tune - "A Cup Of Tea".

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The first part of the tune is almost identical to what I learned as Flowers of Redhill some weeks ago. And I think the second part is very similar to the first part of Mick Hoy’s: http://thesession.org/tunes/1231 I don’t know, but maybe these three tunes have the same origin.

The Cup of Tea in melbays petercooper book is the other cup of tea, not this one. This tune, which is completely differsnt, is called the Cup of Tea Reel in Coles book, 1000 fiddle tunes printed in chicago in 1940 or so. Both tunes are great I think, both my cup of tea!

I’ve just noticed Vallely brothers from Armagh recorded a different version of the tune as "The Tinker’s Reel."

Setting # 2: Na Reathaite Medhreatcha

Again a transcription of Paul Kelly’s playing, on the hurdy-gurdy this time. It can be heard on his album Trí Agus Trí.