The White Leaf reel

Also known as An Duilleog Bhán, The Maids Of Tulla, The Pathfinder, The Wite Leaf.

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Donegal (a few times), The Silver Spear (a few times), The Sligo Maid (a few times).

The White Leaf has been added to 27 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The White Leaf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
EFG|A3c eAcB|Acef edcd|Bcde f~d3|fbgb afec|
AGAc eAcB|Acef edcd|Bcde fbbg|afec AEFG|
[A3E3]c eAcB|Acef edcd|Bcde f~d3|(3fga gaaf ec|
AGAc eAcB|Acef edcd|Bcde fbbg|afec ABce||
aA (3AAA cAce|a2ga fece|bf (3fff fece|bffe ^defg|
aA (3AAA cAce|a2ga fedc|Bcde fbbg|afec ABce|
aA (3AAA gA (3AAA|aAga fece|bf (3fff dfBf|bffe ^defg|
aA (3AAA EAce|(3aba(3gag fedc|Bcde fbbg|afec A||
ABC
X: 2
T: The White Leaf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2 cA eAcA | B/c/d ef edcA | Bcde fdde | fdad fdcB |
A2 cA eAcA | B/c/d ef edcA | Bcde fgaf | edcB A2 :|
aA ~A2 cAce | a2 ga fece | bf ~f2 fece | bffe ^defg |
aA ~A2 cAce | a2 ga faec | Bcde fgaf | edcB A2 :|
ABC
X: 3
T: The White Leaf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2 cA eA~A2 | AGAc edcA | Bcde fd~d2 | fdfg afec |
A2 cA eAcA | AGAc edcA | Bcde fagf |1 edcB A2E2 :|2 edcB A2ce |
aA ~A2 cA~A2 | a2 ga fece | bf ~f2 fece | bf~f2 cefg |
aA ~A2 cAce | a2 ga fecA | Bcde f2gf |1 edcB A2fg :|2 edcB A2E2 |
ABC

Eight comments

This version is from Patrick Mangan’s album, Farewell to Ireland.

“The White Leaf” ~ Music from Ireland, Volume 4, page 9, tune #27

Dave Bulmer & Neil Sharpley

X: 2
T: White Leaf, The
B: Bulmer & Sharpley: Music from Ireland, Volume 4, page 9, tune #27
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: AMaj
|: E/F/G |\
A2 cA eAcA | B/c/d ef edcA | Bcde fdde | fdad fdcB |
A2 cA eAcA | B/c/d ef edcA | Bcde fgaf | edcB A2 :|
|: ce |\
aA ~A2 cAce | a2 ga fece | bf ~f2 fece | bffe ^defg |
aA ~A2 cAce | a2 ga faec | Bcde fgaf | edcB A2 :|

I’ve adjusted the triplets from (3EFG & (3Bcd to E/F/G & B/c/d

It’s like the Mason’s Apron

Not really like the Mason’s Apron

I assume this is a northern piping tune. Lots of pipery stuff going on. I have Tara Bingham playing it and it’s lovely and challenging on the flute but I am having a hard time with it on the fiddle.

White Leaf

A setting from piper Jack Wade is in Ceol Rince na hÉireann IV: http://www.nigelgatherer.com/books/CRE/cre4.html The annotation there is "With a note, ‘This is the old way of playing it. It is played quite different now like many more.’ The Mason’s Apron is a version of this: it is probably to that reel and its popularity in the 1960s that Jack Wade was referring in his note. " Wade was from Leinster, also; his setting is in G of course, as it was the Irish pipes he played.

Jack Wade

Scratch that, reading further he was actually from Monaghan.

White Leaf

X:3 from Sean Maguire & The Four Star Quartet, or my guess at what the basic setting is, anyway - Sean solos all through the tune with no end of variations while Bill Powers plays the tune per se underneath it all on his banjo-mandolin.

White Leaf

Jack Wade was actually a native of Dublin, but lived in Clones, Co. Monaghan where he worked as a customs officer. His wife was Marie who played piano in Jack Wade’s Ceili Band. I spent some time in their company during the All Ireland fleadh ceoil in Clones back in 1964.