The Four Poster Bed reel

Also known as Four Posted Bed, The Four Posted Bed, Four Posts Of The Bed, The Four-Poster Bed, The Fourposter Bed.

There are 16 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Hen’s March Through The Midden (a few times).

The Four Poster Bed has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Four Poster Bed has been added to 75 tunebooks.

Download ABC

Two settings

X: 1
T: The Four Poster Bed
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: f2f2 e2fg | agfe dcde | f2f2 e2d2 | a4 A4 :|
|: e2e2 e2ef | edcB A2a2 | A2a2 A2a2 | A2a2 A2cd |
e2e2 e2ef | edcB A2fg | a2g2 f2e2 |1 d4 d2cd :|2 dafa d2d2 ||
X: 2
T: The Four Poster Bed
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
cd |: f2f2 e2fg | agfe d2de | f2f2 e2d2 | e2a2 A2 cd :|
|: e4 e3 f | edcB A2e2 | z2e2 z2e2 | z2e2 z2 e2 |
e4 e3 f | edcB A2e2 | a2g2 f2e2 | d4 d2cd :|

Eleven comments

Four Poster Bed

I was reminded of this tune recently. It should be played fairly fast and as I remember when played on a fiddle the high a low A sequence in the second part is plucked on the high a then the fiddle is struck with the heel of the bow to resonate the low A. Four strikes (one on each bout), four posts. Definitely the tune to "try" someone elses fiddle on, especially if yours is a good one.

Re: a recent thread in discussions about music for weddings

I think this tune is more Scots than Irish , but it’s agreat topical tune for playing at weddings(In fact, I have my suspicions that it is actually a descendant of a Danish bridal march).

Four poster

David you may be right. I first heard this tune played by Nick Spencer of Black Eyed Biddy in South west Scotland, about a hundred miles or so from the Danish Kingdom centred about the Dhub Linn, such are the mixings of the Tradition. So both your thoughts could be right. For my part an apology, this is my first effort at ABC and I’ve made the obvious mistake with the last bar which is an octave too high. my apologies.

Four-poster Bed

Dave Swarbrick played this tune in the early 70s and soon fiddles all over England were sporting four dents on the varnish on the four quarters of the belly. The first note of each pair was played pizzicato with the ringfinger of the left hand, probably doing the A and E strings open. The next note was the bang.

I later heard this played on a melodian by two good morris musicians independently. They got plenty of draw on the A part of the tune then played the four posts as note followed by a big bang inwards on the air button.

Four Poster Bed

Quite different from Dave Swarbrick’s setting, but that’s not news.

Four Poster Bed

Yes, Swarbrick’s fiddles would show, I get the "pop" with a drumstick or back of the bow screw on anything convenient, pluck the strings with the 4th finger. I doubt there’s a more lively electric version than his.

The Four Poster Bed, X:2

A Newfoundland variant.