The Steampacket reel

Also known as An Bad Gaile, Flowery Mountains, The Mountain Lark, New Tobacco, Steam Packet, Steam Packet, The Steam Packet, Trip To Athlone.

There are 124 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Steampacket has been added to 252 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|G2 BG AGFG|AG (3GGG Addc|ABGB AFDE|FEFG ABcA|
(3GGG BG AGFG|AG (3GGG Addc|ABGB AFDE|FEFG ABcA||
|d~g3 a~g3|d~g3 fdcA|d~g3 a~g3|d^cde fd=cA|
|d~g3 ag (3efg|abag ~f3g|af (3gfe fde^c|d2 eg fdcA||
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X: 2
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|(3GGG BG AGFG|AGFG Addc|
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X: 3
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| B~G3 AGFA | D~G3 A2dc | A~G3 AGFG | =F3G ABcA |
BGGB AGFA | D~G3 A2dc | A~G3 AGFG | =F3G ABcA |
d~g3 aggf | dgge fdcA | d~g3 agfg | dcde fdcA |
d~g3 agfg | a2ag ~f3g | a2(3gfe fdec | d2eg fdcA |
ABC
X: 4
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| ~G3B AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =FEFG ABcz |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =FEFG ABc^c |
d~g3 a~g3 | d2eg fdcA | d~g3 a~g3 | dcde fdcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | abag ~f3g | abge fd(3edc | d2eg fdcA |
ABC
X: 5
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A2GB AGFD | ~F3G ABcB |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A2GB AGFD | ~F3G ABcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | dgge fdcA | d~g3 aggf | dcde fdcA |
d~g3 agfg | abag ~f3g | afge fdef | dfag fdcA ||
ABC
X: 6
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| A~G3 AGFG | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | ~F3G ABcB |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | ~F3G ABcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | d~g3 fdcA | d~g3 a~g3 | d2eg fdcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | abag fefg | afge fgfe | d2eg fdcA ||
ABC
X: 7
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| A~G3 AGFG | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =F3G ABcB |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =F3G ABcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | d~g3 fdcA | d~g3 a~g3 | d2eg fdcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | abag fefg | afge fgfe | d2eg fdcA ||
ABC

Thirteen comments

The Steampacket

Zina sent me an email asking for my "setting" of this tune, too grand a word for how I play it, which is not far off the standard session settings I’ve heard from other fiddlers.

I originally learned that opening bar of the first half as: |A~G3 AGFD| and I still use that on occasion, but to me it lacks punch. Sometimes I play that first measure as: |DGBG AGFG| and sometimes I like to repeat the AGFG in the following measure for a little swing:

|(3GGG BG AGFG|AGFG Addc|

My B part is even closer to the "standard" version…I roll almost all those high g’s, tho I suppose with a little noodling I could come up with something more creative. At session speed, though, I like the way the rolls ring out, so there they are. :-)

Incidentally, the Steampack makes a nice follow-up to Bantry Lasses, which I posted not too long ago.

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Oops

In the second to last measure, that should be an f after the triplet: |af (3gfe fde^c| d2 etc.

I fixed it in the abc notation. Gawd, if the clients I edit for saw what havoc I wreak in here….

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The Steam Packet (reel)

T:Steam Packet, The
M:C|
L:1/8
S:Late… In The Night by Christy Barry, Conor McCarthy, Cyril O’Donoghue
R:reel
Z:gmp
K:G
| B~G3 AGFA | D~G3 A2dc | A~G3 AGFG | =F3G ABcA |
BGGB AGFA | D~G3 A2dc | A~G3 AGFG | =F3G ABcA |
d~g3 aggf | dgge fdcA | d~g3 agfg | dcde fdcA |
d~g3 agfg | a2ag ~f3g | a2(3gfe fdec | d2eg fdcA |

Steam Packet, The (reel) by Kevin Crawford

T:Steam Packet, The
M:C|
L:1/8
S:Kevin Crawford - D Flute album
R:reel
Z:gmp
K:G
| ~G3B AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =FEFG ABcz |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =FEFG ABc^c |
d~g3 a~g3 | d2eg fdcA | d~g3 a~g3 | dcde fdcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | abag ~f3g | abge fd(3edc | d2eg fdcA |

The Steampacket (reel) by Ronan Browne And Peter O’Loughlin

T:Steam Packet, The
M:C|
L:1/8
S:The South West Wind by Ronan Browne And Peter O’Loughlin
R:reel
Z:gmp
K:G
| A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A2GB AGFD | ~F3G ABcB |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A2GB AGFD | ~F3G ABcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | dgge fdcA | d~g3 aggf | dcde fdcA |
d~g3 agfg | abag ~f3g | afge fdef | dfag fdcA ||
"2nd time start" ~G3B AGFD |

Oops, that should read Kiss the Maid behind the *Barrel*.

Steampacket- Denis Murphy’s version

Does anyone have the abc’s for Denis Murphy’s version of the steampacket, on the From Galway to Dublin CD, track 6. I sounds a bit different from the sheet music printed here. Thanks.

Spillane version

X:1
T:Steam Packet, The
M:C|
L:1/8
S:The South West Wind by Ronan Browne And Peter O’Loughlin
R:reel
Z:gmp
K:G
| A~G3 AGFG | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | ~F3G ABcB |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | ~F3G ABcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | d~g3 fdcA | d~g3 a~g3 | d2eg fdcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | abag fefg | afge fgfe | d2eg fdcA ||
"2nd time start" ~G3B AGFD |

Spillane version 2

X:1
T:Steam Packet, The
M:C|
L:1/8
S: Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin
R:reel
Z:
K:G
| A~G3 AGFG | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =F3G ABcB |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =F3G ABcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | d~g3 fdcA | d~g3 a~g3 | d2eg fdcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | abag fefg | afge fgfe | d2eg fdcA ||

Would also say that the Crooked Road is a related tune. Setting I learned from Brian McGrath has almost identical B part.

This tune packs a mean, powerful piston rod action!

It takes its name from the famous shipping company that was founded in London in 1839 by Scotland’s own James MacQueen http://www.merchantnavyofficers.com/rm1.html The state sponsored company would become the largest shipping group in the world a hundred years on.
See also: http://www.steam-packet.com/ for the Hiberno-Manx connections (so to say!)