The Reel Of Tulloch strathspey

Also known as Reel O’ Tulloch, The Reel O’ Tulloch, Reel Of Tulloch, Ridhle Thulichun, Ruighle Thulaichean, Tulloch Reel.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Reel Of Tulloch has been added to 40 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Reel Of Tulloch
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
a/f/|e2 a>c e>cA>a|e2 A>c d>B=G>f|e2 A>c e>Ac>A|B>E c/d/e d>B=G>f|
e2 e>c ecAa|e2 e>c dB=Gf|e2 e>a e>Ac>A|Bece d>B=G>B|]
c>A c/d/e cAAB|c>A c/d/e dB=GB|cA c/d/e cAcA|BEBe dB=GB|
cA c/d/e cAAB|cA c/d/e dB=GB|cA c/d/e c2 c>e|Bece d>B=G>f|]
ABC
X: 2
T: The Reel Of Tulloch
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
a/f/|e2 a>c e>cA>a|e2 A>c d>B=G>f|e2 A>c e>Ac>A|B>E c/d/e d>B=G>f|
e2 e>c ecAa|e2 e>c dB=Gf|e2 e>a e>Ac>A|Bece d>B=G>B|]
c>A c/d/e cAAB|c>A c/d/e dB=GB|cA c/d/e cAcA|BEBe dB=GB|
cA c/d/e cAAB|cA c/d/e dB=GB|cA c/d/e c2 c>e|Bece d>B=G>f|]
ABC
X: 3
T: The Reel Of Tulloch
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
f | e2 Ac/d/ ecAa | e2 AB/c/ dB=Gf | e2 Ac/d/ eAcA | BE (3EBe dB=G :|
B | cA (3cde cAAB | cA (3cde dB=GB | cA (3cde cAcA | BE (3EBe dB=G :|
ABC
X: 4
T: The Reel Of Tulloch
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e2 Ac/d/ e>cA>a | e2 Ac/d/ d>B=G>f | e2 Ac/d/ e>Ac>A | BG G/G/G d>B =G :|
c>A c/d/e cAAB | c>A c/d/e d>BG>B | c>A c/d/e c>Ac>A | BG G/G/G d>B=GB |
c>A c/d/e c<AAB | c>A c/d/e d<B=GB | cA c/d/e c<Ac<A | BG c/d/e d<B=GB [DS] ||
ABC
X: 5
T: The Reel Of Tulloch
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
f||: e2 Ac ecAf|e2 Ac dBGf|e2 Ac eAcA|BB/B/cA dBGB:||
||cAce cAAB|cAce dBGB|cAce AAcA|BBcA dBGB|cAce aAAB|
cAce gGGB|cAce aAae|gage dBG|gafge fdec|dBcA dBG||
f||: e2 Ac ecAf|e2 Ac dBGf|e2 Ac eAcA|BB/B/cA dBGB:||
||cAce cAAB|cAce dBGB|cAce AAcA|BBcA dBGB|cAce aAAB|
cAce gGGB|cAce aAae|gage dBGg|cAce cAAB|cAce dBGB|
cAce AAcA|BBcA dBGB|cAce aAAB|cAce gGGB|afge fdec|dBcA dBG||
ABC
X: 6
T: The Reel Of Tulloch
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
b |a4 d2fg a3fd3d' |a4 d2ef g3ec3b|a4 d2fg a3df3d|e2A2 AAA2 g3ec3||
e |f3d (fga2) f2d2 d2e2|f3d (fga2) g3ec3e|f3d (fga2) f3df3d|e3A AAA2 g3ec3||
e |f3d (fga2) d'3dd3e |f3d (fga2) c'3cc3e|f3d (fga2) d'3e'd'3b|
c'3d'c'3a gfed c2c'2|d'3bc'3a b3ga3f |g3ef3d gfed c2 ||
e2| f3a aaaa f2d2d2e2 | f3a aaaa gfed c2e2 |
f3a aaaa g3b bbbb| f3a aaaa d3d' d'd'd'd'|
f3a aaaa g3b bbbb| e3c' c'c'c'c' gfed c2c'2 |
(d'c'b2) (c'ba2) (bag2) agf2|(gfe2) (fed2) gfed c2 ||
e2| f3dd3d' a3dd3e | f3dd3c' c'3cc3e |
f2d2d2d'2 a3dd3d' | a3dd3d' c'3cc3e |
f3dd2d'2 a3cd'3b | c'3d'c'2a2 gfed c2c'2|
(3d'2b2d'2 (3c'2a2c'2 (3b2g2b2 (3a2f2a2|(3g2e2g2 (3f2d2f2 gfed c2 ||
e2|aaaa aaaa f2d2d2e2 | aaaa aaaa gfed c2e2 |
aaaa aaaa bbbb bbbb | aaaa aaaa d'd'd'd' d'd'd'd'|
aaaa aaaa bbbb bbbb | c'c'c'c' c'c'c'c' gfed c2c'2 |
(3d'2b2d'2 (3c'2a2c'2 (3b2g2b2 (3a2f2a2|(3g2e2g2 (3f2d2f2 gfed c2 ||
c'2|bc'd'b abc'a d'2d2d2c'2 |bc'd'b abc'a gfed c2c'2|
bc'd'b abc'a bc'd'b abc'a|bc'd'b abc'a gfed c3 ||
e|(Tf2d2)(Tf2d2) (Tf2d2)(Td2e2)|(Tf2d2)(Tf2d2) (e2c2)(c2e2)|
(f2d2)(f2d2) (f2d2)(f2d2) | e2A2e2A2 gfed c3 ||
b|addd afff a2d2d2e2 |addd afff gfed c2e2|\
addd afff addd afff|bggg afff gfed c3 ||
e |f2d2 d'^c'ba f2d2d2e2 | f2d2 d'^c'ba gfed c2e2 |
f2d2 d'^c'ba f2d2d'2b2 | c'2c'2 d'c'ba gfed c2c'2|
(3d'2b2d'2 (3c'2a2c'2 (3b2g2b2 (3a2f2a2|(3g2e2g2 (3f2d2f2 gfed c3 ||
e|f3d dddd f2d2d2e2 |f3d dddd e3cc3e |
f3d dddd dddd f2d2|AAAA e3a gfed c3||
b|a3df3d (fga2) (dfg2)|a3df3d efg2 cde2|
a3df3d a3dd'3b |c'3d'c'3a gfed c3c'|
d'3bc'3a b3ga3f |g3ef3d e3cd3B |
c3AB3G A3FG3E |F3DE3C c3EC3B |
A3DA3D B3DA3D |B3DA3D c3EC3B |
A3D cBAG A3D cBAG |A3D cBAG c3EC3E |
D3AF3A D3AF3A |C3GE3G c3GC3c' |
d'c'bd' c'bac' bagb agfa |gfeg fedf gfed c3 ||
e|defg a3e f3dd3e |defg a3f gfed c3e|\
defg a3f gfed e3A|c2e2A2e2 gfed c3||
e | a3da3e f2d2d2f2 | a3da3f gfed c2e2 |
a3da3d a3dd'3d | a3da3f gfed c2e2 |
a3da3d d'3dc'3d | b3da3d gfed c2c'2|
(3d'2b2d'2 (3c'2a2c'2 (3b2g2b2 (3a2f2a2|(3g2e2g2 (3f2d2f2 gfed c3 ||
e|f3dd2d'2 d'3dd3(e | f3)dd3c'- c'3cc3(e |
f3)dd3d' d'3d-d3d'| d'3dd2c'2- c'3cc3e |
f3dd3d' d'3dd3e |(f3dd3)c' c'3cc3e |
f3ed2d'2 d2d2d'2b2| c'3c' d'c'ba gfed c3c'|
d'c'bd' c'bac' bagb agfa| gfeg fedf gfed c3 |]
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Nineteen comments

Snaps?

Isn’t a Strathspey without snaps unusual?

Cut-n-paste :-/

Surprise, surprised ~ that this wasn’t already here in a reel or strathspey form. But I also immediately recognized another cut-n-paste job…lifted directly and unchanged or edited, down to every minute detail, from here ~

The Fiddler’s Companion ~ Andrew Kuntz
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/index.html
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/REE_RH.htm

& without the grace or consideration of crediting the source or a comment of any kind… I think this old war horse deserves better care than that, as also does respect for the source this transcript was ripped from…

http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/REE_RH.htm
X:1
T:Reel of Tulloch
M:C|
L:1/8
S:Reel
B:Stewart-Robertson – The Athole Collection (1884)
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
K:A
a/f/|e2 a>c e>cA>a|e2 A>c d>B=G>f|e2 A>c e>Ac>A|B>E c/d/e d>B=G>f|
e2 e>c ecAa|e2 e>c dB=Gf|e2 e>a e>Ac>A|Bece d>B=G>B|]
c>A c/d/e cAAB|c>A c/d/e dB=GB|cA c/d/e cAcA|BEBe dB=GB|
cA c/d/e cAAB|cA c/d/e dB=GB|cA c/d/e c2 c>e|Bece d>B=G>f|]

"Isn’t a Strathspey without snaps unusual?" ~ Yes…

MTGuru asked, "Isn’t a Strathspey without snaps unusual?"

Not all that unusual in fact. Some of the 18th/early 19th century collections contain quite a few Strathspeys without snaps. A quick look at "The Beauties of Gow" (1819) or the more modern Glen Collection (1891) and Gow Collection (1986) displays more than a few Strathspeys with little or no snaps.

Having said that, "Reel of Tulloch" is to me a reel, not a Strathspey, although the Athole Collection does "dot it" liberally. I’ve played this tune for years, and it’s one of my favourites. The Fiddler’s Companion version has at least one mistake: the high "a" in the first bar should be a low "A". The one I play is mostly taken from Kerr’s Merry Melodies:

X:1
T:Reel of Tulloch
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Kerr’s Merry Melodies, Bk.1 (c1875)
Z:Nigel Gatherer
K:A
f | e2 Ac/d/ ecAa | e2 AB/c/ dBGf | e2 Ac/d/ eAcA | BE (3EBe dB=G :|
B | cA (3cde cAAB | cA (3cde dB=GB | cA (3cde cAcA | BE (3EBe dB=G :|

The Reel Of Tulloch

The "G" in the second bar should be a G natural ("=G"). I wish you could edit your posts! Sorry about that.

“The Skye Collection of the Best Reels & Strathspeys” ~ the elusive skip

Keith Norman MacDonald, 1887

Page 3: "Ridhle Thulichun" / "Reel of Tulloch" ~ Strathspey & Reel

& a quote from that collection ~

* "The Reel of Tulloch should be played first as a Strathspey and then as a Reel followed by Stumpie and The Deil among the Tailors a welcome combination to enthusiastic dancers."

What is curious is that this collection and "The Athole" generally carried exactly the same transcriptions for shared tunes, like this one. This leads me to expect the transcript that was cut-n-pasted from "The Fiddler’s Companion", or another source, was an incorrect ABC of the transcript in "The Athole Collection". I don’t have my copy on hand to check, but I suspect that is the case. This can happen, and worse, when you don’t check your sources ~ or are unfamiliar with or don’t actually play the tune…

Here is the exact transcription from the Skye collection, WITH SKIPS! Note that [S] is for ‘Signo / Sign’ and [DS] is for ‘Dal Signo’ = return to and play from [S] = ‘signo / sign’…

X:1134
T: Reel of Tulloch
M: C|
L: 1/8
S: Strathspey
B: Keith Norman MacDonald - The Skye Collection (1887)
K: A Major
|: a/f/ | [S]
e2 Ac/d/ e>cA>a | e2 Ac/d/ d>B=G>f | e2 Ac/d/ e>Ac>A | BG G/G/G d>B =G :|
B |
c>A c/d/e cAAB | c>A c/d/e d>BG>B | c>A c/d/e c>Ac>A | BG G/G/G d>B=GB |
c>A c/d/e c<AAB | c>A c/d/e d<B=GB | cA c/d/e c<Ac<A | BG c/d/e d<B=GB [DS] ||

> ~ <

As Nigel says, but also, there can be the tendency to not transcribe ‘snaps’, leaving them up to the discretion of the musician. Examples can be found making comparisons of the same tune as played by several different players, as in the Canadian Maritimes, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island, or in Scotland itself, from the lowlands to the highlands to the islands. That is one of the joys of the form, you can have fun there too, using a snap where you think it might do the most good for the tune or the dancers…a lovely tickle to help lift the rhythm and melody…

The Reel Of Tulloch

Quite right, ceolachan - I must not let the fact that _I_ only play it as a reel obscure the fact that it can be both a reel and a Strathspey!

It seems we were typing at the same time Nigel, me with this toothache in this dark cubby hole of a space and you probably sitting back with a nice hot drink and enjoying the sun coming in through the window. ;-)

I didn’t get to see what you’d written until I hit the [ post ] for what I’d added above, so the bit before the "> ~ <" note was in ignorance to your contributions…

The Reel Of Tulloch

Sorry about your toothache, ceolachan. Yes, the sun is out in its glory here in Perthshire. A hot drink - sounds like a good idea! I’m at home midweek for the first time in months, in the middle of a couple of weeks off. Although I’ve got tons of work to do (mainly consisting of finding new music - better than working down a mine!), being at home is great.

The Reel of Tulloch

Tulloch is an old village near the pass of Ballater and near the Braes of Mar.

There is a story that on one stormy Sunday, a number of the congregation of the auld kirk in Tulloch turned up, but the minister, not expecting anyone to show up, stayed at home. After a while some ale was produced and some young people started dancing. A fiddler was there and the tune and dance known as "The Reel of Tulloch" was born.

The tune is undoubtably old, appearing in the Drummond Castle manuscript (1730).

My First Submission

This is my first submission, so I apologize if any offense was taken by my simple copy and paste from http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/REE_RH.htm. I posted the tune and have not had a moment to make any comments concerning source or reason for submission. This is an amazing tune especially (imho) as a Strathspey. Also I could not find it listed on this site so I thought it would be good to include it here.

And it’s in A mixolydian

of course

Reel of Tulloch

I do agree that this is both a reel and a strathspey since reels originated naturaly from strathspeys.

Reille Huluchen. The King of tunes.

Sorry you have that the wrong way round. Strathspey’s derived from reels.


IMo this version is considerably superior to the others here. In the 1820 manuscript it is described as ’ very old. beyond tradition”. also known as the king of tunes. Here is how it was in the book, and the second I have revised as I feel that A printers error was made. The printed version has 10 bars and musically makes more sense if a repeat mark is added and the last 2 bars are to be played 2nd time round.

X:1
T:Reel of Tulloch
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Donald MacDonald manuscript. 1820
K:A Mix
f||: e2 Ac ecAf|e2 Ac dBGf|e2 Ac eAcA|BB/B/cA dBGB:||
||cAce cAAB|cAce dBGB|cAce AAcA|BBcA dBGB|cAce aAAB|
cAce gGGB|cAce aAae|gage dBG|gafge fdec|dBcA dBG||








X:1
T:Reel of Tulloch
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Donald MacDonald manuscript. 1820
K:A Mix
f||: e2 Ac ecAf|e2 Ac dBGf|e2 Ac eAcA|BB/B/cA dBGB:||
||cAce cAAB|cAce dBGB|cAce AAcA|BBcA dBGB|cAce aAAB|
cAce gGGB|cAce aAae|gage dBGg|cAce cAAB|cAce dBGB|
cAce AAcA|BBcA dBGB|cAce aAAB|cAce gGGB|afge fdec|dBcA dBG||

Dougie

Maclean’s version of Reel de Tolluchgorum s verybeasy to listen to.

Tartan Amoebas

Tartan Amoebas do this tune on their first album, released in 1993, but re-released on the Greentrax label, released as Tartan Amoebas. The Dougie M does a different tune