The Humours Of Tulla reel

Also known as The Boys Of Tulla, The Humors Of Tulla, The Humours Of Tullagh, The Humours Of Tullah, The Kilmaley, Kilmayley, Mrs Crehans, Sonny Martin, Sonny Martin’s, The Tulla.

There are 121 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Sally Gardens (lots of times), The Silver Spear (lots of times), Toss The Feathers (lots of times) and Saint Anne’s (a few times).

The Humours Of Tulla has been added to 34 tune sets.

The Humours Of Tulla has been added to 1,143 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Humours Of Tulla
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G2DG EGDE | G2BG AGEF | G2DG EGDG | (3EFG AB c2BA :|
|: dBAB GB~B2 | dB~B2 c2Bc | dBAB GBAB | (3EFG AB c2Bc :|
X: 2
T: The Humours Of Tulla
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2Ad BdAB | d2fd edBA | d2Ad BdAd |1 faba feef :|2 faba feeg||
fe (3efe fede | fe (3efe faba | fe (3efe fedB | ABde feed |
fe (3efe fede | fe (3efe faba | f3d efdB | ABde fedB :|
X: 3
T: The Humours Of Tulla
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2Ad BdAB|d2fd edBc|d2Ad BdAd|1 (3Bcd ef g2fe:|2 (3Bcd ef g2fg||
|:af~f2 df~f2|af~f2 g2fg|af~f2 dfed|1 (3Bcd ef g2fg:|2 (3Bcd ef g2fe||
X: 4
T: The Humours Of Tulla
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G2DG EGDE | G2BG AGEF | G2DG EGDG | (3EFG AB c2BA |
G2DG EGDE | G2BG AGEF | G2DG EGDG | (3EFG AB c2BA ||
|: dB B2 GB B2 | dB B2 cA A2 | dB B2 GBAG | (3EFG AB c2Bc |
dB B2 GB B2 | dB B2 cA A2 | dB B2 GBAG | (3EFG AB c2Bc ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Humours Of Tulla
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2 Ad BdAB|d2 fd edBc|d2 Ad BdAd|(3Bcd ef g2 fe|
d2 Ad BdAB|d2 fd edBc|d2 Ad BdAd|(3Bcd ef g4 ||
af ~f2 df ~f2|af ~f2 ge e2|af ~f2 dfed|(3Bcd ef g2 fg|
af ~f2 df ~f2|af ~f2 ge e2|af ~f2 dfed|(3Bcd ef g4||
X: 6
T: The Humours Of Tulla
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
S:Foinn session 1
G2 DG EGDE | G2 BG AGEG | A2 EA AGEG | ABcd edBA |
G2 DG EGDE | G2 BG AGEG | c2 cd efge | dBAB G3d :|
g2 dg egde | gabg ageg | a2 ea ageg | agbg agef |
g2 dg egde | g2bg ageg | c2 (3Bcd efge | dBAB G3 "8-""2nd time"d :|

Thirty-six comments

Glen Allen

This tune is also known as Kilmayley, after the Kilmayle Ceili band included it in a recording

High “b”

if you are unfamiliar with the unusual high "b" setup in the last bar, I put it in there just because (just to let you know) it makes a pretty nice grace note.

I posted this tune in the key of "D" a while ago. I figured it would be nice to put it up here in the key of "G" (In which it is commonly played). The Ceili band that I am in plays it 2 or 3 times in "G" and then makes the switch to "D". It gives the set a really cool touch.

Tulla

Thanks for the comments Josh. I like seeing the same tune in different settings and keys as you’ve done here. And it helps to know why and how you approach the tune—going from G to D for instance. I’ll give this a try at our local session.
Thanks,
Will

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I think a little credit ought to be give to Bob Drouin, I think he came up with this set.

That he did, Brad. Thanks, Bob, for creating the set. :)

Composer?

Does anybody know of a composer, or is it trad.?

This seems like a glorified ‘Humours of Tulla,’ but it is definitely a more satisfying tune.

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This is a great tune and I particulary like that few starting notes which are pivoted around the low D or G.
Its simple too. If you notice, the second part is the exact same as the first part only played on the higher octave.
I learned this tune as "Kilmaley" but when I found out that it was also called "Glen Allen" I began to call it that instead. The reason is because there is a rally driver from Tyrone called Glen Allen and I really like him. No other reason.

The Boys of Tulla

This is the second tune I ever learned. It’s from the beginners class at Éigse Mrs. Crotty 2005. I entered it here after just looking for the name and not finding it, but after doing an advanced search with a bar of the notation, it’s clearly related to the Humours of Tulla, though with a completely different 2nd part and ending to the 1st.
I actually stopped playing this tune for 3 months; no one had heard of it and I personally didn’t like it all that much. Now I’ve tried it again after my own skill has increased. It’s proved to not be that bad so hey, who knows, maybe I’ll pick it up again.

Sorry, didn’t read you’re compleet comments before posting…

Really fun tune

This is a really fun tune for fiddle. It is easy to pick up and sounds good played at any speed. Double stops make it ten times as lively too!

Josh’s version is too peculiar to have a very wide currency. The standard version of the tune goes like this:

K: D
|:d2Ad BdAB|d2fd edBc|d2Ad BdAd|1 (3Bcd ef g2fe:|2 (3Bcd ef g2fg||
|:af~f2 df~f2|af~f2 g2fg|af~f2 dfed|1 (3Bcd ef g2fg:|2 (3Bcd ef g2fe||

Not just related, it is the same tune as Sollus Lillis’

Another Version

X: 1
T: Humours Of Tulla, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
|: G2DG EGDE | G2BG AGEF | G2DG EGDG | (3EFG AB c2BA |
G2DG EGDE | G2BG AGEF | G2DG EGDG | (3EFG AB c2BA ||
|: dB B2 GB B2 | dB B2 cA A2 | dB B2 GBAG | (3EFG AB c2Bc |
dB B2 GB B2 | dB B2 cA A2 | dB B2 GBAG | (3EFG AB c2Bc ||

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Glen Allen Reel

Patrick Ourceau (Chulrua) plays a wonderful fiddle version of this tune that he collected in West Clare that was played there locally by a man named Hughie Doohan. Mighty . .

First popular from recordings by Joe Cooley, first in 1963

It seems that the Humours of Tulla and the Kilmaley have been merged into one, which I don’t quite agree with. They are definitely similar, but I among many others count them as two different tunes, and the B parts are different enough (plus the difference in key) to merit a de-joining of these two tunes.

That’s right. I believe they were originally posted separately.

Humours Of Tulla

I’m a little surprised that this one isn’t here. Maybe it is, but under a different name?

Speaking of names, we call this one ‘The Tulla’ not to be confused with https://thesession.org/tunes/141 , a tune that we call ‘The Kilmaley’. The Foinn Seisiun book 1 gives ‘Humors of Tulla’ as an alternative title, so that’s what I’m going with to avoid even more confusion.

Here indeed.

Look at the fifth setting (by Slainte) in the the link you said "not to be confused with".

You don’t miss much, do you Weejie? :-)

Looking at the last two comments (at present) it looks like Slainte posted that setting as a separate tune and the two got merged at some point. I’m pretty sure these are two distinct tunes, though.

"I’m pretty sure these are two distinct tunes, "

As far as that entry in the database goes, only the first setting is significantly different - and, IMO would warrant a separate entry. All the others are variants of this one.

This is definitely already here!

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You’re right Weejie. What a mess! The first setting on the other page is the Kilmaley/Glen Allen followed by five versions of The (Humours of) Tulla, with the possible exception of setting 5. Not sure what to make of that one.

This is The Kilmaley/Glen Allen followed by five settings of The (Humours of) Tulla.

I agree with Cheeky Elf!

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Not only does this page include the Humours of Tulla and the Glen Allen reel, there is a third tune in there, known as the Boys of Tulla or Solus Lillis.

Looks like another merging took place muddling these distinct tunes even further and making the comments very confusing. What a shame.

I never know whether to play this in the upper or lower octave… I know I can do both, but I like to key change to give it that lift instead!