Toss The Feathers reel

Also known as Docherty’s, Doherty’s, Gaigíní Chill Áirne, Gweebarra Bridge, Killarney Boys Of Pleasure, The New Fashioned Habit.

There are 230 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Toss The Feathers (lots of times), Dillon’s Fancy (lots of times), Drowsy Maggie (lots of times), The Glass Of Beer (a few times).

Toss The Feathers has been added to 412 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Toss The Feathers
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E2 F/E/D E2 FA|BFAF DEFA|B2 Bd e2 ed|BdAF DEFD|
E2 F/E/D E2 FA|BFAF DEFA|B2 Bd e2 ed|BdAF FEED:|
Beee Befe|BdAF DEFA|f2 fe f2 fe|dBAF DEFA
Beee Befe|BdAF DEFA|f2 fe defe|dBAF E3 z:|
ABC
X: 2
T: Toss The Feathers
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|~E2FD E2FA|BFAE DEFA|BA(3Bcd ezed|(3Bcd AF DEFD|
E2FD E2FA|BFAE DEFA|BA(3Bcd ezed|1B2AF FEED:|2B2AF FE~E2|:
Beed Beed|ABAF DEFA|~f3e fzfe|dBAF DE~F2|
Beed Beed|ABAF DEFA|~f3e dzBA|1(3Bcd AF FE~E2:|2(3Bcd AF FEED|
ABC
X: 3
T: Toss The Feathers
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E2FE E2 (3FGA|B2AF DEFA|~B3d efed|BdAF FE (3DEF|
DEFE E2 (3FGA|B2AF DEFA|~B3d efed|1B2AD FE (3DEF:|2B2AD FEEA||:
BeeA BeeB|dBAF DEFA|~f3e fgfe|dBAF DEFA|
BeeA BeeB|dBAF DEFA|~f3e dffe|1dBAF FEE2:|2dBAF FEFD||
ABC

Fifteen comments

I heard this one on Lunasa’s "Merry Sisters of Fate" CD…I learned it from the "Smoke in Your Eyes" book.

Well, Kardshark87, you beat me to this! I was going to try posting this as my first tune here! But I’m glad to see it; it’s a favorite of mine. I’m not home with my albums right now, but off the top of my head, some other recordings are:

Mike and Mary Rafferty, on The Old Fireside Music, under the tune title Doherty’s. (in a set with The Dunmore Lasses.)

The fiddler Paul O’Shaughnessy, under the name Gweebarra Bridge, on his solo album. (will submit the name tomorrow.)

Altan, also with the Donegal tune name Gweebarra Bridge, on their latest album.

Mike Casey, under the name "Killarney Boys of Pleasure" on his album called (I think) The Hourglass.

Well, I’ll submit any additions as soon as I have them. Great tune!

Continuation of yesterday’s comment

To fill in the gaps: Paul O’Shaughnessy’s album is called Stay Another While. The new album by Altan is The Blue Idol. Other info above is correct. And here’s one more recording of this tune:
Maggie Sansone, on the album Mist and Stone, under the tune name Killarney Boys of Pleasure.

Killarney boys

Recorded by "The Boys Of The Lough" on their first 1972(?) album.

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really good for fiddle players to pizzicato the a and e string with the left hand as you come to repeat the second half. heard it done when i was in donegal and it sounds amazing, especially when rabharta ceol.

I’m not entirely clear which notes should be played pizzicato. The first bar of the second part indeed has open e’s but there is no "a", only a "b", which isn’t easy to play cleanly with left-hand pizzicato without considerable practice.
Trevor

Kllarney Boys of Pleasure

Or do you mean pizzing the open E and A together in the first bar of the second half?
Btw, this is really a tune in the pentatonic scale (no G or C), so chordal accompanists should bear this in mind.
Trevor

Doherty’s ( Killarney Boys Of Pleasure ) by Mike Rafferty

T:Killarney Boys of Pleasure (Gweebarra Bridge)
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Mike & Mary Rafferty - The Old Fireside Music
R:reel
Z:g.m.p
K:EDor
|~E2FD E2FA|BFAE DEFA|BA(3Bcd ezed|(3Bcd AF DEFD|
E2FD E2FA|BFAE DEFA|BA(3Bcd ezed|1B2AF FEED:|2B2AF FE~E2|:
Beed Beed|ABAF DEFA|~f3e fzfe|dBAF DE~F2|
Beed Beed|ABAF DEFA|~f3e dzBA|1(3Bcd AF FE~E2:|2(3Bcd AF FEED|

Killarney Boys Of Pleasure by Lunasa

T:Killarney Boys of Pleasure (Gweebarra Bridge)
M:4/4
L:1/8
S:Lunasa_"The Merry Sisters of Fate"
R:reel
Z:g.m.p
K:EDor
E2FE E2 (3FGA|B2AF DEFA|~B3d efed|BdAF FE (3DEF|
DEFE E2 (3FGA|B2AF DEFA|~B3d efed|1B2AD FE (3DEF:|2B2AD FEEA||:
BeeA BeeB|dBAF DEFA|~f3e fgfe|dBAF DEFA|
BeeA BeeB|dBAF DEFA|~f3e dffe|1dBAF FEE2:|2dBAF FEFD||

Triplets will naturally roll off your fingers if you take it at a Marching tempo, like a hornpipe…

Changes to Killarney Boys of Pleasure

Dear Musicians,
I’m wondering if anybody has some good changes (chords, that is) for this tune.
Thanks,
Sean Kelly
Austin, TX

Bluesean, I think the best way to do this is to sit with your ?guitar listening to recordings and try to play along with the chords you are hearing. Lunasa is one recording to start with, but try and get some other ones as well and see how the accompanists have tackled the job differently. The reason why this is better than me writing out chords is because it helps you learn to listen carefully. The other thing is that "good/cool" chord changes are not really what you are looking for, just ones that work and don’t intrude on the melody.
Good luck

Tunes, variation, harmony, chords, dark matter, & new member ?s

Bluesean, the following excerpt might help in understanding the potential mine field which sometimes exists between Irish tune players & those who seek chords.

" … , strumming establishes rhythms over more nuanced timing and harmonies over tonal ambiguities, where without strumming, these nuances and ambiguities are free …

… , when a tune like Killarney Boys of Pleasure lacks a "C" note (natural or sharp), a melody player is free to hear his or her own sense of the harmonic context, and this shapes his or her note choices in playing variations."

Re: does good backing matter?
Posted on August 28th 2010 by Will Harmon
http://www.thesession.org/discussions/25403#comment535045

The Music of Lúnasa in the early days (w/Donogh’s chords);
http://www.shopcreator.com/mall/lunasa/products/product-829633.stm