The Maple Leaf reel

By Darach De Brun

There are 22 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Maple Leaf appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Maple Leaf has been added to 55 tune sets.

The Maple Leaf has been added to 282 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

1
X: 1
T: The Maple Leaf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:E (3EEE F GE (3EEE|B2AB AGED|EDEF GFGA|B2dB AGED|
E (3EEE F GE (3EEE|B2AB AGED|Beed BA (3AAA|B2AB AGED:|
|:Beed efg2|Beed edBA|Beed efge|a2eg fedA|
Beed efg2|Beed edB2|a2eg fedA|B2AB AGED:|
# Added by SPeak .
2
X: 2
T: The Maple Leaf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:"Em" E2 EF GE~E2|"G" B2AB "Am" AGED|"Em" E2EF GFGA|"G" B2dB "Am"AGED|
"Em" E2 EF GE~E2|"G" B2AB "Am" AGED|"Em" Be ~e2 "G" BAGB|"Am" =cABG "C"AGED:|
|:"Em" Be ~e2 eg ~g2|"Em" Be ~e2 edBA|"Em" Be ~e2 eg ~g2|"D" ~a3 e "Bm"fedA|
"Em" Be ~e2 eg ~g2|"Em" Be ~e2 edBA|"Am" ae~e2 "Bm" fedB|"Am" =cABG "C"AGED:|
3
X: 3
T: The Maple Leaf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E2 EF GE E2|B2 AB AGED|E2 EF GFGA|BddB cBAG|
(3EFG FA GE E2|B2 AB AGED|Be ~e2 BAGB|c2 Bc AGED:|
Beed efge|Beef edBA|Beed ef g2|a2 ge fdBA|
Beed efge|Beef ed B2|a2 ge fd B2|c2 Bc AGED:|
4
X: 4
T: The Maple Leaf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E2EF GEE2|B2AB AGED|E2EF GFGA|ABeB AGED|
[B,E]3F GE (3EEE|B2AB AGE2|ABeB dBGA|B2AB AGED:|
Beed efge|Beef edBA|Beed efg2|a2eg fedA|
Beed efge|Beef edB2|a2eg fedA|B2AB AGED:|
# Added by Jesse .
5
X: 5
T: The Maple Leaf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
D|:E2 EF GE E2|B2 AB AGED|E2 EF GFGA|BddB AGED|
E/F/G FA GE E2|B2 AB AGED|Beed BAGB|1 c2 Bc AGED:|2 c2 Bc AGE2||
|:Beed efg2|Beef edBA|Beed ef g2|a2 ge fdBA|
Beed efg2|Beef ed B2|a2 ge fd B2|1 c2 Bc AGE2:|2 c2 Bc AGED||
6
X: 6
T: The Maple Leaf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
D|:E2 EF GE E2|B2 AB AGED|E2 EF GFGA|BddB AGED|
E/F/G FA GE E2|B2 AB AGED|Beed BAGB|1 c2 Bc AGED:|2 c2 Bc AGE2||
|:d2gf efg2|d2 gf ed c2|d2gf efg2|a2 ge fdec|
d2gf efg2|d2 gf ed B2|a2 ge fd B2|1 c2 Bc AGE2:|2 c2 Bc AGED||
7
X: 7
T: The Maple Leaf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E2 EF GE (3EEE|BGAB AGED|EDEF GFGA|BedB cBAG|
EGFA GE (3EEE|BGAB AGE2|Be (3eee BedA|BdBG AGED||
Beed efge|Beed edBA|Beed efge|aefa gfed|
Be ~e2 efge|Beed efga|~b2 gb aged|eaed cBAG:|
8
X: 8
T: The Maple Leaf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:~E3F G~E3|A~B3 AGED|EDEF GFGA|~B3B AGFD|
~E3F G~E3|A~B3 AGFD|E~e3 B~E3|A~B3 AGED:|
|:Beed efg2|Beed edB/c/d|Beed efge|a2eg fedA|
Beed efg2|Beed edB/c/d|a3g fedA|~B3B AGED:|
9
X: 9
T: The Maple Leaf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:E^DEF G~E3|A~B3 AGED|EDEF GFGA|BcdB AGFD|
E^DEF G~E3|A~B3 AGFD|E~e3 B~E3|A~B3 AGED:|
|:Beed efg2|Beed edBd|Beed efge|a2eg fedA|
Beed efg2|Beed edBd|a3g fedA|~B3B AGED:|

Seventeen comments

You can add a real swing to this tune.

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Maple Leaf

Composed by Dublin whistle player Darach de Brun.
Quite often paired with "The Man Of Aran" - another of his compositions. The two tunes were recorded by the late (and much missed) Donncha O’Brien.

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"The Maple Leaf was composed in 1976 for my own wedding. I had my reception in the Maples Hotel, Dublin, hence the name."
- Darach de Brun

The Maple Leaf

These tunes have been written with the wrong key signature! It should be E minor, ie with one sharp. Two sharps would be B minor.
The second version has the C# marked with a natural sign which of course wouldn’t be required with the correct key signature, and the third version I’m sure isn’t played with C#s, eg bars 4 and 8.

You’re absolutely right fiddler71. I did miss the key signature. Thanks it’s corrected now.

Re: The Maple Leaf

A filthy, mucky version of The Maple Leaf … probably the closest I’ve ever come to playing Rock & Roll. 😀

I met Darach in Miltown Malbay in 1977 & he taught me a couple of his own tunes that week, including this one.
When I went into my garden this morning, my garden gate was ‘singing’ in the wind & the tone immediately reminded me of this Reel, so of course I just had to record it … as you do. 😉

I’m playing it here on Tenor Banjo, Tenor Guitar, Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer & English Concertina.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pvVoY6E3CNs


Cheers,
Dick

The Maple Leaf, X:7

I’ve been playing this reel for years, mostly playing along with Paddy O’Brien’s tune collection tapes.
I was surprised to see that none of the settings here so far are much like Paddy’s.
I wrote this setting from the way I play it, but then checked that it is very similar to what Paddy
plays in this video (where you can pick up a few more variations).
Paddy’s versions always keep the tunes "rolling along" — so there are "extra notes" rather than "long notes".
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Npm1ED7c_js

Re: The Maple Leaf

So - not the Maple Leaf Jig then?

I thought I didn’t recognise it from “the dots”!