Argeres reel

Also known as Agreers, Argeers, Argiers, The Wedding Night.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Argeres has been added to 3 tune sets.

Argeres has been added to 20 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Argeres
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:"D"defg "Em"e3d|"A"c2A2 A4|a2e2 a3g|"D"f2d2 d4|
"D"defg "Em"e3d|"A"cBcd c2 A2|"G"Bcd2 "A"cdec|"D"d4d4:|
|:"A"cde2 cde2|a2e2 a2e2|cde2 cde2|a2e2 a2e2|
"D"a2gf "Em"g2 ag|"D"f2ed "A"c2a2|"G"Bcd2 "A"cdec|"D"d4 d4:|
X: 2
T: Argeres
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:Am Bm(add4)|Am7 Bm(add4):|
|:"Am"cd ef/e/ "Bm(add4)"d2c2|"Am7"B2G2- "Bm(add4)"G4|"Am"g2d2 "Bm(add4)"g3f|"Am7"e2c2 "Bm(add4)"c4|
"Am"cd ef/e/ "Bm(add4)"d2c2|"Am9"B2>c2 "F/A"d2G2|"Am"AB cd/c/ "Bm(add4)"Bc d/c/d/e/|1 "Fmaj7"c4- "G6"c4:|2 "Fmaj7"c4- c3d/c/||
|:"G"Bcd2- d4|g2d2 g2d>c|Bcd2- d4|g2d2 g4|
"Dm"g2fe f2gf|"Am"e2dc "G"d3G|"Am"AB cd/c/ "Em"Bc d/c/d/e/|1 "Fmaj7"c4- c3d/c/:|2 "Fmaj7"c4- "G6" c4||
"Fmaj7"c4- "G6"c4|"Am"c2 z2 z4||
X: 3
T: Argeres
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|:GABc A3G|F2D2 D4|d2A2 d3c|B2G2 G3D|
|:FGA2 FGA2|d2A2 d2A2|FGA2 FGA2|d2A2 d2A2|
d2cB c2 dc|B2AG A2D2|EFGE FGAB|G4 G4:|

Seven comments


From John Playford’s “The Dancing Master” (1651), where it appears under the title “Argeres, or The Wedding Night”. This came to me through a session tunebook that I found, though.

IMSLP has Playford’s book:,_John%29

There is a discussion regarding the title on another board:

They speculate that the title is a corruption of “Algiers.”

Argeres Reel

Also recorded by Mike Oldfield with Leslie Penning on recorder .Available on the remastered Ommadawn CD

Argeres, X:2

Got bored and decided to transcribe the Mike Oldfield version that Keith DW posted. The recording is about a quarter step sharp. This is how I do the chords, but it might take a bit of tweaking:

Tuning: E-A-D-G-B-E
(Parenthesis indicates the note is optional. Just mute that string if you don’t use it.)

Am: x-0-2-2-1-0
Bm(add4): x-(2)-4-4-3-0
Am7: x-0-2-0-1-0 //OR// x-0-5-5-5-0
Am9: x-0-5-5-5-7
F/A: 5-8-7-5-6-5
Fmaj7: x-(0)-3-2-1-0
G6: x-(0)-5-4-3-0

Re: Argeres

The Oldfield setting is a bit weird. The melody is in C major, but he plays an A minor chord set against the major melody. Can’t remember hearing this so completely anywhere else. Works, though.

Vokuhila’s transcription is pretty good for a bored moment (a lot better than my original attempts. I put the melody in Am and couldn’t work out what was wrong). Watch out for the missing “” on the intro chords and the missing ! at the beginning of coda!.

I interpret the intro chords as
Am Bm(add4) Cmaj7 Bm(add4), repeat

Re: Argeres

The spelling in Playford is Argeers and it’s not a reel.