The Teetotaler’s reel

Also known as The Bowl Of Coffee, The Road To Newbridge, The Teatotaler, The Teatotaler’s Fancy, The Teatotaler’s, The Teatotalers, The Teatotaller, The Teatotaller’s Fancy, Teatotlers, The Teetotaler, The Teetotalers, The Teetotaller, The Teetotaller’s Fancy, The Teetotaller’s, The Teetotler, The Temperance, The Temprance.

There are 88 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Teetotaler’s appears in 6 other tune collections.

The Teetotaler’s has been added to 92 tune sets.

The Teetotaler's has been added to 1,146 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Teetotaler's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Beed e2ef| gfaf gfed| B^cde d2ef| gfaf gfed|
Beed e2ef|gfaf gfed|BEED EFGA|BGAF G4:|
X: 2
T: The Teetotaler's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G3F GABc|dgge dBAc|BEED EFGA |BGAF G2:||
|:A2|Beed e3f| geaf gfed| Add^c d3e | fdaf gfed|
Beed e3f|geaf gfed|BEED EFGA|BGAF G2:||
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X: 3
T: The Teetotaler's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:"G"G/G/G GF GABc|d/d/d eB dBAc|"Em"BE E/E/D EFGA |BGAF GFED|
"G"G/G/G GF GABc|d/d/d ee dBAc|"Em"BE E/E/D EFGA |"D"BGAF "G"G2G2:|
|:"Em"Be e/e/d e2ef| gfaf gfed|"D"Ad d/d/^c d2de| fdaf gfed |
"Em"Be e/e/d e2ef|geaf gfed|BE E/E/D EFGA|"D"BGAF "G"G2G2:|
X: 4
T: The Teetotaler's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2 GF GABc | dBge dBAG | BEED EFGA |1 BGAF G2GF :|2 BGAF G2GA ||
|: Beed e2ef | gfaf gfed| Bdde d2ef | gfaf gfed |
Beed e2ef | gfaf gfed | BEED EFGA |1 BGAF G2GA :|2 BGAF G2GF ||
X: 5
T: The Teetotaler's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3DEF| G2GF GABc | d2gf edBG | E2ED EFGA | BGAG FDED |
G2GF GABc | d2gf edBG | E2ED EFGA | BGAF G2 :|
|:d2 | efed e2eg | fgaf gfed | Bddd d2eg | fdfa gfed |
Beed e2eg | fgaf gfed | BAFD EFGA | BGAF G2 :|
X: 6
T: The Teetotaler's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3DEF | G2GF GABc | d2ec dBAc | BEED EFGA | BGAF GFED |
| DGGF GABc | d2ec dBAc | BEED EFGA | BcAF G2 :|
|: B2 | Beed e3f | geaf gfed | Bdde d3e | geaf gfed |
| Beed e3f | geaf gfed | BEED EFGA | BcAF G2 :|

Twenty-two comments

This tune starts off with same first phrase as "The Sally Gardens" which can be quite confusing. It’s probably not a good idea to play both tunes in one set.

The first part starts and ends with a fairly long G which could be nicely ornamented with a roll.

Apart from that, the tune is fairly straightforward and a lot of fun to play, especially as part of a set of fast reels at sessions. Try following this tune with a good, fast reel in D.

In our sessions we have found this tune goes well with The Scholar.
The origin of the word "teetotaler" apparently goes back to a British parliamentary debate in the 19th century when the subject of abstinence (from alcohol) was being discussed. One of the speakers was advocating total abstinence, but, because he had a slight speech impediment it came out as "t-total abstinence". Hence the word "teetotal".


I find the bit about the speech impediment highly unlikely, Trevor. Stuff like anecdotal accounts and acronyms used to explain the origin of words almost always get made up after the event and then become fact just because people repeat what they heard from someone else. The "T-" is more likely just for emphasis.

Found this on the internet, so it MUST be true…

"There is general agreement that the first use of "teetotal" in reference to abstention from alcohol was in a speech to an English temperance society by a man named Richard Turner in 1833. Whereas some of his contemporaries drew a moral distinction between beer and hard liquor, Turner urged his listeners to abstain totally from all alcohol.

Contrary to popular legend, there is no evidence that Turner recommended "tea" as an alternative to alcohol, or that his listeners were urged to mark the letter "T" for "Total Abstinence" on their pledge cards at the meeting. The "tee" tacked onto the front of "total" was just a common way, at that time, of giving extra emphasis to a word, a process linguists call "reduplication." (And yes, the term "reduplication" has always struck me as weirdly redundant.) The use of "teetotal" to mean "absolutely, totally" is well-documented in other, non-alcoholic writings of the day. For instance, one author, writing in 1885, had occasion to write, "I hope I may be tee-totally ruinated, if I’d take eight hundred dollars for him." "

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The Teetotaller-acronyms and Irish tune names.

I agree with Dow: acronymic origins of words are suspect and unlikely. Take the Australian example of the common name for an emigrant from the Mother Country: POMMIE. It is often asserted that the derivation is from convict days:Prisoner Of Mother England. Unlikely, in my opinion. If one considers the complexion and "funny" accent of the "New Chum" then much more appealing is the idea that the childish chant and sarcastic association of: "Immigrant….Pomegranate!; Immigrant….Pomegranate!", (despite the disparity of syllables) is much more likely. Pomegranates, the fruit with the red,rosy sunburnt appearance, grow well in the antipodes. The names of Irish tunes are most likely to be based on the simplest origins. It is food for thought in another posting that there is a wonderful lack of religiosity in Irish tune names. Apart from the occasional Father Whosit’s Fancy the music remains secular.


Sorry, that was meant to be "……….acronymic origins of TUNE NAMES……….."

Casey at the Party - Frank Quinn

Frank Quinn (1893-1964) of Greagh, Drumlish, Co. Longford recorded a version of this tune on the accordion in the key of D entitled "Casey at the Party" in September, 1922.

CORRECTION: The Bowl of Coffee

Apologies, typo there, Quinn recorded it under the title "The Bowl of Coffee"

Re: The Teetotallers

I stumbled across the Teetotallers recently here and thought, gee that sounds familiar but not by that name. After some digging I found the following tune, identified as Paddy on the Turnpike, in "The Fiddler’s Fake Book":
T:Paddy On The Turnpike (G Dorian).tef
N:version 1A from Fiddlers Fake Book
z6 GF |: DG GF G2 GA | BG dG eG dG | DF FE F2 FG | AF cF dF cF | DG GF G2 GA | \
BA GA Bc de | fe fd cA FA |1 BG AF G2 GF :|2 BG AF G2 Bc |: dg gf g2 ga | ba ga bg af | \
cf fe f2 fg | ag fg af gf | dg gf gf ga | ba gf dc de | fe fd cA FA |1 BG AF G2 Bc :|2 BG AF G4 | \
W:Created with TablEdit

I also found Paddy on the Turnpike here on The Session, but the above sounds more like The Teetotallers than the versions of PotT here. So, I guess my question is are all these tunes really variations on the same tune?

(my first post on The Session - cheers to all)

Re: The Teetotallers

Where is mention of the Temperence reel?

Re: The Teetotallers

See under ‘Speling misstakes’.

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Re: The Teetotaler’s

Little fast for my old guitar! Lol