The Spitfire reel

Also known as Acrobat’s, The Acrobat’s, Baker’s, Spit Fire, The Spit Fire, The Whistler And His Dog.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Spitfire has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Spitfire
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:e2|a2ed cBAc|BAGB A2AF|EFGA BcdB|cBAc B2e2|
a2ed cBAc|BAGB A2AF|EFGA BcdB|cABG A2:|
|:ef|ecAc ecfc|ecAc ecac|ecAc ecfc|dcBc d2ef|
ecAc ecfc|ecAc ecac|agfe dcBA|1 GABc d2:|2 GABc A2||

Five comments

From an old New England compilation. The original was in B-flat, but I’ve transcribed it to A for convenience. I wonder whether this tune, in view of its title, has any connection with WW2.

Perhaps I should mention that the Spitfire was a fighter aircraft that had enormous influence in WW2. There are still a few around, and they make regular flying appearances at air shows.

An old title, actually…

This tune shows up under the title “Spit-Fire Reel” in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, from the 1880’s, some decades before there ever was such a thing as an airplane. The dictionary definition of “spitfire” is just “a quick-tempered or highly excitable person”