Throw Away The Keys reel

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

There are 16 recordings of this tune.

Throw Away The Keys has been added to 13 tune sets.

Throw Away The Keys has been added to 131 tunebooks.

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Ten settings

1
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||
2
X: 2
T: Throw Away The Keys
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A3B defa|a2fd efdB|A3B defe|dBAF EFDB:|
a3f defa|a2fd efdB|a3f defe|dBAF EFDB|
a3f defa|a2fd efdB|A3B defe|dBAF EFDB|
3
X: 3
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||
4
X: 4
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|]
5
X: 5
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 .
6
X: 6
T: Throw Away The Keys
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2 AB defa|a2fd efdB|A3B defe|dBAF EFDB|
A3B defa|a2fd efdB|A3B defe|dBAF EFDB||
|:a2 af defa|a2 fd efdB|a3f defe|dBAF EFDB|
a3f defa|a2 fd efdB|A3B defe|dBAF EFDB||
# Added by JACKB .
7
X: 7
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 .
8
X: 8
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 .
9
X: 9
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 ||
10
X: 10
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:|

Fifteen 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…

Throw Away The Keys (reel)

Source: Brian mac Aodha - "Throw Away the Keys"
Transcription: g.m.p.

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.

Re: Pat Mullin’s

This is more or less Gorman’s reel.
Marin