The Barack Obama reel

Also known as The Obama.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

The Barack Obama has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Barack Obama
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
DEF |: G4 A4 | GFDC DDEF | G4 A4 |1 DFEG FDEF :|2 FDEF DFFF ||
deBc d3 B | cBAE F4 | deBc d3 d | gega a3 d |
deBc d3 B | cBAE F4 | deBc de A2 | cBAB G3 A ||
|: Bddd Beee | BddB G4 | Bddd BdgB |1 cdgB A2 GA :|2 GBAG GDEF ||

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The Barack Obama Reel by Peadar Ó Riada

The Barack Obama Reel was composed by Peadar Ó Reada, submitted here with his kind permission.

I’m not sure what "key" this is in.. To my ear it seems to shift its tonal center around from D to G. I transcribed it from the recording 3/Triúr Sa Draighean with Peadar, Martin Hayes and Caoimhin O Raghallaigh.

On his website at Peadar writes: “This tune came about during the week when we first came together in April 2009. Obama was
very much in the news and as I admired his intelligence and ability I felt that he would be a graceful dancer. In the course of our antics and tunes Martin mentioned that he heard that Obama did a workout every morning and finished off to the music of the Irish band Lúnasa on his iPod. “Aha” says I to myself, “what kind of sound would get his toes tapping.” Then this tune came to me. If he ever hears it I wonder will its tonality and rhythm, which he caused, fit his ear and find rhythm in his feet!”

Great tune!