The Pigeon On The Gate reel

Also known as An Colúr Ar An NGeata, The Pidgeon On The Gate, The Pigeon At The Gate, The Pigeon On The Gate Post, Seamus Ennis.

There are 183 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Miss Monaghan (lots of times), The Pigeon On The Gate (a few times), Jenny Picking Cockles (a few times), The Morning Dew (a few times).

The Pigeon On The Gate has been added to 1,118 tunebooks.

Download ABC

Thirteen settings

X: 1
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
dc|BE ~E2 BEdE|BE ~E2 dBAF|D2 (3FED ADFE|DEFA BAFA|
BE ~E2 BEdE|BE ~E2 B2 AF|D2 FA dfec|dBAF E2:|
FA|Beed efed|(3Bcd ef gedB|Addc d3 B|A2 FE DEFA|
Beed efed|(3Bcd ef g2 fg|af (3gfe fd ec|dBAF E2:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
ag|e~A3 egag|~e2=fd edBF|G2ge dGBA|GBga bgag|
e~A3 egag|~e2dg edBD|G2ga bgae|gedB ~A2ag|
e~A3 egag|~e2dg edBD|G2ge dGBA|GBga bgag|
e~A3 EABd|eAAG AGEF|G2ga bgae|gedB ~A2ag|
eaae abag|ebae gbag|edd^c dega|bgae gbag|
~e2ab (3c'ae ag|ebae gbag|edd^c dgba|gedB ~A2ag|
e2ae aeag|ebae gbag|edd^c dega|bgae gbag|
~e2ab (3c'ae ag|ebae gbag|edd^c dgba|gedB AGag|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
dc|BE~E2 BEdE|BE~E2 BAFE|D2dB ADED|D3A BAFA|
BE~E2 BEdE|~B2Ad BAFE|DEFA dfed|dBAF E2|
dc|BE~E2 BEdE|BE~E2 BAFE|D2dB ADED|D3A BAFA|
BE~E2 BEdE|BE~E2 BAFE|DEFA dfed|1dBAF E2:|2dBAF ~E3A||
|:B2ee efed|Beef gfed|Bddc d3B|AddB ADFA|
B2ee efed|Bdef g2fg|(3agf fe faec|1dBAF E3A:|2dBAF E2||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|BE~E2 EdcA|BEBc dBAF|D3D BDFE|DE(3FGA BAFA|
BE~E2 EdcA|B2~B2 dBAF|DEFA dDfe|dBAF E3A|
|BE~E2 EdcA|BEBc dBAF|D3D (3DDD FE|DE (3FGA BAFA|
BE~E2 EdcA|BEBc dBAF|DEFA dDfe|dBAF E3A|:
Beed efed|(3Bcd ef gfec|Bddc d3B|~A2FA DEFA|
B2~B2 efed|(3Bcd ef ~g3^g|afge f2ec|dBAF E4:|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|dG~G2 dcAd|{e}dcde dcAG|=F3d cF~F3|Agfd c=FAc|
dG~G2 dcAd|{e}dcde dcAG|FGAd g2ag|1 fdcA GA:|2 fdcA G3B||
|:dg{a}gf gagf|dg{a}g2 {b}af{a}gf|dc{d}cB cage|f2ag fgef|
dg{a}gf gagf|dg{a}g2 {b}af{a}gf|dc{d}cB cage|fdcA G2Bc:|fdcA G2||
ABC
X: 6
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
Ac|dG ~G2 dcAc|~d3e dcAB|cF ~F2 cFAB|~c3f dcAc|
dG ~G2 dcAc|~d3e dcAG|FAcf abga|fdcA G2:|
(3ABc|dg g/2g/2g fagf|dgga bgaf|dc c/2c/2c =Bcde|f2 eg fdcA|
Gg g/2g/2g fagf|dgga bgaf|dc=Bc gceg|fdcA G2:|
ABC
X: 7
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Ac|: dGGF GedG | Gdce dcAG | =F2 FA cF F/2F/2F | =F2 dF cFAc |
dG {A}G/2G/2F GedG | Gdce dcAG | =F2 Ad fage | =fdcA G2 Ac :|
|: dggf gagf | dg g/2g/2g | bgag | d=f f/2f/2f afgf | d/2e/2=f eg fdcA |
G2gf gagf | dg g/2g/2g bgag | d=f f/2f/2f afge | =fdcA G2 Ac :|
ABC
X: 8
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
c|:dG (3GGG {e}dcAc|d2de dcAB|cF (3FFF cFAB|c2cf dcBc|
dG (3GGG {e}dcAc|d2de dcAG|FAcf afga|fdcA GABc:|
dg (3ggg fagf|dgga bgaf|dcde fgfd|cAf2 fgaf|
dg (3ggg fagf|dgga bgaf|dcde fgfd|1cAFA GABc:|2cAFA G2G|]
ABC
X: 9
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:GA|BE~E2 BAFA|BE~E2 BAFE|D3B ADFE|DEFA BAFA|
BE~E2 (3Bcd cA|~B2 dB BAFE|DEFA dfec|dBAF E2:|
|FA|:Beee efed|(3Bcd ef gfed|BAFA dedB|A~F3 DEFA|
Beef efed|(3Bcd ef ggfg|a2(3gfe fd ec|dBAF E3A:||
ABC
X: 10
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bc|dGGG dGeG|dGeG dBAB|cFFF AFFF|B/c/ded cABc|
dGGG dGeG|dGeG dcAG|FGAB cded|fdcA BG:|
|:Bc|dggg fage|dggg b2ag|fdde fde^c|defg a2ge|
dggg fage|dggg b2ag|fdde fde/f/g|fdcA BG:|
# Added by gam .
ABC
X: 11
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
d|BE~E2 BAdA|~B2Bd BAFE|D2DF AD~D2|DEFA BAFA|
BE~E2 BAdA|~B2Bd BAFE|DEFA dfec|dBAF E3:|
A|Beed e3d|Bdef gfed|BABc d3B|AF~F2 DEFA|
Beed efed|Bdef g2fg|afge fdef|dBAF E3:|
ABC
X: 12
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:B~E3 (3Bcd cA | B~E3 ~B2AF |D2 (3FED ADFD | FAAc BAFA |
B~E3 (3Bcd cA | B~E3 ~B2AF | A2AB dcde | fedf e2dc :|
|:Beed efed | (3Bcd ef gfec |"A" dBAF DEFD | (3Bcd ef gefd |
Beed efed | (3Bcd ef~g3a |"B" bgaf (3gfe fd | egfd e2dc :|
"Variations"|"A" d2fe dcdB | ABde fded |"B" f~b3 f~a3 | egfd e2dc |
ABC
X: 13
T: The Pigeon On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
dG~G2 GedG | G2ce dcAG | FEFd cF~F2 | EFeg fdcA |
dG~G2 GedG | G2ce dcAG | F2eg abga | fdcA G2~c2 :|
|: dg~g2 fagf | dg~g2 bgag | dc~c2 Bcde | f2ga fdcA |
G2~g2 gagf | dg~g2 bgag | dc~c2 gceg | fdcA G2~c2 :|
ABC

Thirty-two comments

This is a standard session staple - but for some reason it’s rarer than hen’s teeth around my area. I heard it quite a bit in other areas, but I think since it’s close to so many other Edor reels that it gets left on the shelf. I’ve started this tune & had people jump in with "CooIey’s" or "Toss the Feathers" - guess you can call it "Toss the Cooley’s". But seriously this tune is big & deserves more play.

Somebody posted this tune as aka The Old Copper Plate which isn’t correct, the Old Copper plate is a different tune listed in the session database.

This was one of the first tunes I ever learned by ear, and I don’t understand why it’s so un-standard even though everyone says it’s a standard either, Brad — perhaps you’re right about why, because I’ve also had people mistake the tune when it’s started up.

I learned a Kevin Burke setting which is a little unusual for this area, and I sometimes wonder if that’s why it’s mistaken for other tunes in the first couple notes, as well.

Zina

Kerryfeathercooleypigeon

you can add the kerry reel to the above as well.

Pigeon on the Gate

The title of this song is so intriguing to me, as are many others. I would greatly enjoy discovering the history of all those cryptic names of tunes in my O’Neill’s. It must be somewhere on the web…excuse me, brb,,,,,
My band, Celtic Stew, has been playing this tune for a few years now. Edorian key works so well with guitar and bass, while the flute and mando take the melody. Recently I discovered a D harmonica makes a lovely and cheap substitute for drones in this mode. We play it following a reelish version of Star of County Down, wonder what else might go good with it?

In a set

We play Pigeon on a Gate in a set starting with Dick Gossip’s, then Mason’s Apron, and ending with Pigeon. Kind of a quirky transition. I’ve also played it going into Woman of the House

end Pigeon with dBAF EFGA| and go straight into Woman on that long B3, but you switched to G major.

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Pigeon on the Gate from Noel Hill & Tony Linnane album

ag|e~A3 egag|~e2=fd edBF|G2ge dGBA|GBga bgag|
e~A3 egag|~e2dg edBD|G2ga bgae|gedB ~A2ag|
e~A3 egag|~e2dg edBD|G2ge dGBA|GBga bgag|
e~A3 EABd|eAAG AGEF|G2ga bgae|gedB ~A2ag|
eaae abag|ebae gbag|edd^c dega|bgae gbag|
~e2ab (3c’ae ag|ebae gbag|edd^c dgba|gedB ~A2ag|
e2ae aeag|ebae gbag|edd^c dega|bgae gbag|
~e2ab (3c’ae ag|ebae gbag|edd^c dgba|gedB AGag|

Pigeon on The Gate from Joe Burke “Celtic Fiddle festival”

dc|BE~E2 BEdE|BE~E2 BAFE|D2dB ADED|D3A BAFA|
BE~E2 BEdE|~B2Ad BAFE|DEFA dfed|dBAF E2|
dc|BE~E2 BEdE|BE~E2 BAFE|D2dB ADED|D3A BAFA|
BE~E2 BEdE|BE~E2 BAFE|DEFA dfed|1dBAF E2:|2dBAF ~E3A||
|:B2ee efed|Beef gfed|Bddc d3B|AddB ADFA|
B2ee efed|Bdef g2fg|(3agf fe faec|1dBAF E3A:|2dBAF E2||

Pigeon on the Gate from Danu

|BE~E2 EdcA|BEBc dBAF|D3D BDFE|DE(3FGA BAFA|
BE~E2 EdcA|B2~B2 dBAF|DEFA dDfe|dBAF E3A|
|BE~E2 EdcA|BEBc dBAF|D3D (3DDD FE|DE (3FGA BAFA|
BE~E2 EdcA|BEBc dBAF|DEFA dDfe|dBAF E3A|:
Beed efed|(3Bcd ef gfec|Bddc d3B|~A2FA DEFA|
B2~B2 efed|(3Bcd ef ~g3^g|afge f2ec|dBAF E4:|

The following is a beautiful setting from the mighty Paddy Fahy, from East Galway . I’ve written it out in G, but in fact it drifts between major and mixolydian. Similar, but not quite as magical, settings are played by Paddy Canny, from Clare and Jerry Holland, from Nova Scotia.

T: Pigeon On The Gate, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: G
|:Bc|dG~G2 dcAd|{e}dcde dcAG|=F3d cF~F3|Agfd c=FAc|
dG~G2 dcAd|{e}dcde dcAG|FGAd g2ag|1 fdcA GA:|2 fdcA G3B||
|:dg{a}gf gagf|dg{a}g2 {b}af{a}gf|dc{d}cB cage|f2ag fgef|
dg{a}gf gagf|dg{a}g2 {b}af{a}gf|dc{d}cB cage|fdcA G2Bc:|fdcA G2||

Perhaps I owe an apology to the other settings I mentioned above, since I have not actually heard them played, only seen them on paper. I know Paddy Canny performs magic with tunes - I have never heard Jerry Holland.

Pierre Schryer and Dermott Byrne’s setting:

K: Gdor
Ac|dG ~G2 dcAc|~d3e dcAB|cF ~F2 cFAB|~c3f dcAc|
dG ~G2 dcAc|~d3e dcAG|FAcf abga|fdcA G2:|
(3ABc|dg g/2g/2g fagf|dgga bgaf|dc c/2c/2c =Bcde|f2 eg fdcA|
Gg g/2g/2g fagf|dgga bgaf|dc=Bc gceg|fdcA G2:|

Zina - KB version

Zina (or anyone else)

Have you got the abc for the Kevin Burke version? - I really like it

Thanks

A friend sent me this transcription by e-mail. He says "this is Neilie Boyle’s setting of Pigeon on the Gate, marked out by the interesting syncopation in the first bars. It’s got a fair bit in common with the setting of the Old Pigeon on the Gate".

X: 1
T: Pigeon On The Gate
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
Ac|: dGGF GedG | Gdce dcAG | =F2 FA cF F/2F/2F | =F2 dF cFAc |
dG {A}G/2G/2F GedG | Gdce dcAG | =F2 Ad fage | =fdcA G2 Ac :|
|: dggf gagf | dg g/2g/2g | bgag | d=f f/2f/2f afgf | d/2e/2=f eg fdcA |
G2gf gagf | dg g/2g/2g bgag | d=f f/2f/2f afge | =fdcA G2 Ac :|

Liz Carroll’s low phrase…?

Howdy,

As you may know, there is a wonderful recording of "Pigeon On The Gate" by Liz Carroll.

In the "A" part, she plays an unusual low phrase.

Despite my many efforts, I can’t seem to decipher just what she is doing.

Might you know of a source for a transcription?

Sincere thanks,

A.C.

Pigeon on the Gate, Sporting Paddy

I have a recording of Pigeon on the Gate, followed by Sporting Paddy off the CD Celtic Grooves. Muscians are Loretto Reid and Brian Taheny. Trying to find more history on Pigeon and Sporting Paddy.

Pádraigín

Jerry Holland’s version

X:1
T:The Pigeon on the Gate
S:Jerry Holland
D:Master Cape Breton Fiddler
M:C|
K:Gdor
c|:dG (3GGG {e}dcAc|d2de dcAB|cF (3FFF cFAB|c2cf dcBc|\
dG (3GGG {e}dcAc|d2de dcAG|FAcf afga|fdcA GABc::\
dg (3ggg fagf|dgga bgaf|dcde fgfd|cAf2 fgaf|\
dg (3ggg fagf|dgga bgaf|dcde fgfd|1cAFA GABc:|2cAFA G2G|]

Spillane version

X: 1
T: Pigeon On The Gate, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Edor
|:GA|BE~E2 BAFA|BE~E2 BAFE|D3B ADFE|DEFA BAFA|
BE~E2 (3Bcd cA|~B2 dB BAFE|DEFA dfec|dBAF E2:|
|FA|:Beee efed|(3Bcd ef gfed|BAFA dedB|A~F3 DEFA|
Beef efed|(3Bcd ef ggfg|a2(3gfe fd ec|dBAF E3A:||

Arcady

Arcady play this tune in their album Many Happy returns. It is played slowly and has plenty of ornamentation in it, waiting to be picked out! It is played with Paddy Ryan’s and another tune. I am listening to them now!
lol
:-)

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill

Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill do a great version of this on Welcome Here Again- very different from the one on the sheet music here. Of course, being them, they change the key… G instead of E. Good stuff.

Davy Spillane…

…also has a version in G

X:1
T:Pigeon on the Gate
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
|:Bc|dGGG dGeG|dGeG dBAB|cFFF AFFF|B/c/ded cABc|dGGG dGeG|dGeG dcAG|FGAB cded|fdcA BG:|
|:Bc|dggg fage|dggg b2ag|fdde fde^c|defg a2ge|dggg fage|dggg b2ag|fdde fde/f/g|fdcA BG:|

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Dymphna O’Sullivan has it in Dminor on concertina

Pigeon-keys?

Joe Burke did this justice on Outlet years ago. Josie Mc Dermott did it on his Topic album but heard that Paddy Carty could play this in three keys. What keys would they be -guess that the lovely version by John Weir, Clare Keville and Eithne Ni Dhonaile (above) would be close? Which keys changes would best do the poor pigeon a favour, well it has been on the wing a long time?

A scottish tune ?

I would like to know the origin of the tune. Is it irish or scottish ?
I play great highland bagpipes, and the tune is listed in the Scots Guards books. It is arranged by Pipe Major J. G. Slattery. Generally, there’s only scottish tunes in those books ; further more, tunes composed to fit the GHB…
Does somebody know the history of it ?

Pigeon On The Gate

X:12 from the piping of Patsy Touhey. Interestingly enough about a century ago a newspaper notice mentioned Seamus Ennis’s father James playing the pipes at a concert in Dublin, and it was noted how he played the Pigeon On The Gate as learned from a recording of Touhey. This is perhaps the earliest instance of a traditional musician learning something from a recording.

Ennis indeed played this reel much as Touhey did - the chief departure from the norm is the sequence dBAF D2 in the 3rd bar of the 2nd part. Touhey throws in more variations too, of a less apparent nature than the two I transcribed. His wax cylinder recording of this reel may be heard at archives.irishfest.com/dunn-family-collection.htm Coleman and Morrison’s recording of this tune also has the f~b3 f~a3 variant, and other tunes they recorded have parallels with Touhey’s playing.

Sebastian and I are on the same wavelength, looks like.

Neillidh Boyle’s version

I’ve added another version (in Gmix) as played by Neillidh Boyle -X:13 above. He played it in a set together with Jenny Picking Cockles (Gmix version).