The Flagon reel

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

The Flagon appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Flagon has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Flagon has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Flagon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BG G/G/G BG dc|BG G/G/G BG gd|BG G/G/G BG dB|Ac =Fc AF cA:|
g2 gd GB/c/ dB|g2 gd gb af|g2 gd GB/c/ dB|cg Bg A=F cA:|
X: 2
T: The Flagon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
|:BG (3GGG G2cA|BG (3GGG Bdgd|BG (3GGG G2cB|(3ABc Fc AFcA:|
|:g2dB GBdB|g2dB gba^f|g2dB GBdB|e<f cf AFcA:|
|:(3Bcd gd (3Bcd gd|(3Bcd gd BGGB|(3A_Bc fc (3A_Bc fc|(3A_Bc fc AFFA|
(3=Bcd gd (3Bcd gd|(3Bcd gd BGGe|fgag fefd|cAfc AFcA:|

Two comments

The Flagon Reel

The Flagon Reel is from the Vickers’ manuscript from North East England in the 1770s. It clearly shares lineage with the “Flogging Reel” played in the Irish tradition, but shows a distinctly Northumbrian feel for the tune.

The whole manuscript can be viewed online from the Folk Archive Resource North East (FARNE).

RE: The Flaggon

In Cape Breton they play the Flaggon in Gmix. I believe what actually happened was that the Flaggon was originally a Northumbrian/Scottish tune, and then because of the limitations of the Uilleann pipes, the tune was put into Gmaj, and that’s how a lot of Irish musicians still play it. It loses a lot in Gmaj though in my opinion.