Throw Away The Keys reel

Also known as Gorman’s, Gorman’s Highland Fling, John Gorman’s, Johnny Gorman’s, Johnny Henry’s, Pat Mullin’s.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

Throw Away The Keys has been added to 6 tune sets.

Throw Away The Keys has been added to 112 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: Throw Away The Keys
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~A3B defa|~a2fd efdB|~A2AB defe|dBAF EFD2:|
~a3f defa|~a2fd efd2|~a3f defe|dBAF EFD2|
~a3f defg|adfd efdB|~A2AB defe|dBAF EFD2||
X: 2
T: Throw Away The Keys
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~A3B defg|a2fd edBd|~A3B defe|dBAF EFD2:|
~a3f defg|a2fd edBd|~a3f defe|dBAF EFD2|
~a3f defg|a2fd edBd|~A3B defe|dBAF EFD2||
X: 3
T: Throw Away The Keys
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2A>B d>ef>g|a2f>d e>fd>B|A2A>B d>ef>g|a2f>d (3efe d2:|
a>ba>f d>ef>g|a2f>d e>fd2|a>ba>f d>ef>g|a2f>d (3efe d2|
a>ba>f d>ef>g|a2f>d e>fd>B|A2A>B d>ef>g|a2f>d (3efe d2|]
X: 4
T: Throw Away The Keys
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D3E ~G3A|B2 {d}BA ~B3c|d2 ge dB{d}BA|GE{G}ED EFGE|
DB,DE ~G3A|B2 {d}BA ~B3c|d2 ge dBAB|1 G2 g2 g2 GE:|2 G2 g2 g3a||
bagb a2 fa|gfeg dcBc|d2 ge dBAB|GE{G}ED Eega|
bagb a2 fa|gfeg dcBc|d2 ge dBAB|1 G2 g2 g3a:|2 [G6G,6] GE||
# Added .
X: 5
T: Throw Away The Keys
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2FA defg | agfd efdB | A2FA defe | dBAG FDD2:|
| faaf defg | agfd efde | faaf defe | dBAG FDD2 |
| faaf defg | agfd efdB | A2FA defe | dBAG FDD2 ||
# Added by gam .
X: 6
T: Throw Away The Keys
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A3B defg|a2fd efdB|A3B d3e|dBAF EF D2|
A3B defg|a2 fd efdB|A3B defe|dBAF EFD2||
|:a3f defg|a2fd edBd|A3B defe|dBAF EFD2|
a3f defg|a2fd efdB|A3B defe|dBAF EFD2||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: Throw Away The Keys
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AFAB defg | a2fd efdB | AFAB d2fe | dBAF EFD2 :|
faaf defg | a2fd efd2 | edef defe | dBAF EF D2 |
faaf defg | a2fd efdB | AFAB d2fe | dBAF EFD2 ||
X: 8
T: Throw Away The Keys
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2AB defd|a2fd edBd|A2AB defd|dBAF EFDE|
A2AB defd|a2fd edBd|A2AB defd|dBAF EFD2:|
faaf d3f| a2fd edBd|faaf defa|afdf efd2|
faaf d3f| a2fd edBd|A2AB defd|dBAF EFD2:|

Thirteen comments

Now a common session tune and a favourite of flute players, probably thanks to Matt Molloy. This was transcribed direct from the playing of a flutist in Melbourne Australia.

By the way, if you’re backing there’s a really neat trick you can do with the 1st part to make the tune suddenly move and "open out". Try starting on a chord of F#m and moving onto Bm for bar 2…

Gorman’s

I thought I learned this tune from Dow’s transcription, but now find my version slightly different.

K: Dmaj
~A3B defg|a2fd edBd|~A3B defe|dBAF EFD2:|
~a3f defg|a2fd edBd|~a3f defe|dBAF EFD2|
~a3f defg|a2fd edBd|~A3B defe|dBAF EFD2||

I’ve never played or heard it in the real session, so don’t know where it comes from. Maybe influenced by Harry Bradley and John Blake’s flute duet setting.

Gorman’s Schottische

R: schottische
K: Dmaj
A2A>B d>ef>g|a2f>d e>fd>B|A2A>B d>ef>g|a2f>d (3efe d2:|
a>ba>f d>ef>g|a2f>d e>fd2|a>ba>f d>ef>g|a2f>d (3efe d2|
a>ba>f d>ef>g|a2f>d e>fd>B|A2A>B d>ef>g|a2f>d (3efe d2|]

This setting is based on Harry Bradley and John Blake’s flute duet. Seosamh Ó Neachtain joins them to dance to the tune.

“Gorman’s Highland Fling” ~ 16 bars

Now to do a ‘slainte’ on ‘slainte’ ~ check out this near relative, and the similarities are there, most probably a direct relationship:

"Jenny Will You Marry Me?" / "Some Say the Devil is Dead"
Key signature: G Major (~ also played in A & D Major)
Submitted on September 17th 2003 by Northcregg.
https://thesession.org/tunes/1990

Johnny Gorman’s

I know the tune orignally posted by Dow as simply Gormans, or Throw Away the Keys.

Matt Molloy, John Carty, and Arty McGlynn recently recorded a different tune under the title Johnny Gorman’s, on their 2007 cd Pathway to the Well (https://thesession.org/recordings/display/2801).

It’s in G, and as far as I can tell, an entirely different tune:

X: 1
T: Johnny Gorman’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
D: Pathway to the Well, Matt Molloy, John Carty, Arty McGlynn
K: G
D3E ~G3A|B2 {d}BA ~B3c|d2 ge dB{d}BA|GE{G}ED EFGE|
DB,DE ~G3A|B2 {d}BA ~B3c|d2 ge dBAB|1 G2 g2 g2 GE:|2 G2 g2 g3a||
bagb a2 fa|gfeg dcBc|d2 ge dBAB|GE{G}ED Eega|
bagb a2 fa|gfeg dcBc|d2 ge dBAB|1 G2 g2 g3a:|2 [G6G,6] GE||

Posted .

Nice take on Love, Will You Marry Me. (above link) It’s nice to play it after the song, as a variation or ‘commentary’ on the better known version

Re: Throw Away The Keys

« Now a common session tune and a favourite of flute players, probably thanks to Matt Molloy. This was transcribed direct from the playing of a flutist in Melbourne Australia.

# Posted by Dr. Dow 15 years ago.»

And - yay - Dow’s is the only setting to put an A as the last note of the first bar - everyone else puts a G.

Playing a G there makes the tune sound completely different. There are no Gs anywhere else in the tune, so you could say that the G is out of key. To my ear, and to my mind, adding the G denatures the tune, makes it ordinary. Even if the majority of musicians do put it in. Molloy and Keane did not as far as I recall (have lost my recording).

Pat Mullin’s

From Lets Have A Session,
Continuing The Tradition,
A Second Complication of Traditional Irish Music.
Settings Selected and Arranged by Kathleen Harte. Kathleen Harte is a Piano Accordion Player from Melbourne, Australia.