The Maple Leaf reel

There are 17 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Man Of Aran (lots of times).

The Maple Leaf has been added to 28 tune sets.

The Maple Leaf has been added to 244 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

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 .
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 :|
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 :||
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 .
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||
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||
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 :||

Thirteen 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.

The Maple Leaf, X:4

Just another version

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The Maple Leaf, X:5

Combination of previous versions, with a few of differences.

The Maple Leaf, X:6

Bit of a different take on the B Part - shouldn’t clash with the previous settings.

Re: The Maple Leaf

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

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