The Floating Barge reel

By Mick Mulcahy

The Floating Barge has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Floating Barge
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:AFEF AFdF|AFEF A2dB|AFEF AFDF|FEDF E2dB|
AFEF AFdF|AFEF A2dB|defd afed|1 BAFD E2 dB:|2 BAFD E3e||
|:defa a2fb|afed B2BA|defa a2fb|afed e2fe|
defa a2fb|afed B3e|fedB AFF2|1 ABdf e2fe:|2 ABdf e4||
2
X: 2
T: The Floating Barge
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:afef afd'f|afef a2d'b|afef afdf|fedf e2d'b|
afef afd'f|afef a2d'b|defd afed|1 bafd e2 d'b:|2 bafd e3e||
|:defa a2fb|afed B2BA|defa a2fb|afed e2fe|
defa a2fb|afed B3e|fedb aff2|1 ABdf e2fe:|2 ABdf e4||

Two comments

The Floating Barge, X:2

Setting for mouth whistling.

It is in the same key as the original tune but with changes of octave. In fact there is a choice as to where to do these changes, this is my take.

I could whistle this without doing any change of octave but as it usually happens, the notes lower than G come out very quiet, they wouldn’t be listened in most of pub sessions. And it is important to say that mouth whistling allows to hit these high notes that in other instruments would be extremely loud (I’m specially thinking in the tin whistle now).