Once In A Blue Moose reel

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Once In A Blue Moose has been added to 2 tune sets.

Once In A Blue Moose has been added to 64 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Once In A Blue Moose
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE|:F2BF AFEF|D2B,D A,B,DE|F~D3 ADF/G/A|BAAF FEDE|
F2BF AFEF|D2B,D A,B,DE|F~D3 BDAF|1 EFFE D3E:|2 EFFE DEF/G/A||
~B3c cddc|cBAF FEDE|F~D3 ADF/G/A|BAAF FEF/G/A|
~B3c cddc|cBAF FEDE|F~D3 BDAF|EFFE DEF/G/A|
~B3c cddc|cBAF FEDE|F~D3 ADF/G/A|B2AF FEDE|
F2BF AFEF|D2B,D A,B,DE|F~D3 BDAF|EFFE D3E||
X: 2
T: Once In A Blue Moose
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GA|:B2eB dBAB|G2EG DEGA|B~G3 dGB/c/d|eddB BAGA|
B2eB dBAB|G2EG DEGA|B~G3 eGdB|1 ABBA G3A:|2 ABBA GAB/c/d||
~e3f fggf|fedB BAGA|B~G3 dGB/c/d|eddB BAB/c/d|
~e3f fggf|fedB BAGA|B~G3 eGdB|ABBA GAB/c/d|
~e3f fggf|fedB BAGA|B~G3 dGB/c/d|e2dB BAGA|
B2eB dBAB|G2EG DEGA|B~G3 eGdB|ABBA G3A||
# Added by bdh .
X: 3
T: Once In A Blue Moose
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
GA|:B2eB dBAB|G2EG DEGA|BG3 dG (3Bcd|eddB BAGA|
B2eB dBAB|G2EG DEGA|BG3 eGdB|1 ABBA G3A:|2 ABBA GA (3Bcd||
|:e3f fggf|fedB BAGA|BG3 dG (3Bcd|eddB BA (3Bcd|
e3f fggf|fedB BAGA|BG3 eGdB|ABBA GA (3Bcd|
e3f fggf|fedB BAGA|BG3 dG (3Bcd|e2dB BAGA|
B2eB dBAB|G2EG DEGA|BG3 eGdB|ABBA G3A||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: Once In A Blue Moose
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE|:F2BF AFEF|D2BG A2DE|F~D3 ADF/G/A|BAAF FEDE|
F2BF AFEF|D2BG A2DE|F~D3 BDAF|1 EFFE D3E:|2 EFFE DEF/G/A||
~B3c cddc|cBAF FEDE|F~D3 ADF/G/A|BAAF FEF/G/A|
~B3c cddc|cBAF FEDE|F~D3 BDAF|EFFE DEF/G/A|
~B3c cddc|cBAF FEDE|F~D3 ADF/G/A|B2AF FEDE|
F2BF AFEF|D2 BG A2 DE|F~D3 BDAF|EFFE D3E||

Seven comments

a gorgeous tune by Niall Vallely. if you’re a tinwhistler like me, you’ll prob want to transpose it into G, unless you want to figure out a nice variation to get around the low B and A. but those low notes are particularly essential to the beauty of the tune, in my mind. (and what cues fellow musicians that it’s not the first two bars of "The Wedding Reel"!) —j

Key:

Am I "Special" or is this tune played in Eb major? (Followed by Over The Moor To Maggie in F major? I’m not a piper or a concertina player so how does that work?

Phil Hardy does a nice jazzy version of this tune in G (on a low D whistle) on his ‘Low Whistle’ album (still a free download from the Kerry Whistles site I believe). For those too lazy to transpose:

X: 1
T: Once In A Blue Moose
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
GA|:B2eB dBAB|G2EG DEGA|B~G3 dGB/c/d|eddB BAGA|
B2eB dBAB|G2EG DEGA|B~G3 eGdB|1 ABBA G3A:|2 ABBA GAB/c/d||
~e3f fggf|fedB BAGA|B~G3 dGB/c/d|eddB BAB/c/d|
~e3f fggf|fedB BAGA|B~G3 eGdB|ABBA GAB/c/d|
~e3f fggf|fedB BAGA|B~G3 dGB/c/d|e2dB BAGA|
B2eB dBAB|G2EG DEGA|B~G3 eGdB|ABBA G3A||

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"is this tune played in Eb major? (Followed by Over The Moor To Maggie in F major? I’m not a piper or a concertina player so how does that work?"

You’re right, the keys are Eb and F. I’ve been working this out on concertina. While Niall Vallely is capable, I’m sure, of playing these tunes in any keys he wants to, I think he’s probably playing this set on a concertina that’s not in the most common tuning, C/G. My guess is that he’s either using a C#/G# or an Ab/Eb concertina. If Ab/Eb, the fingering would be the same as if he played the tunes in G and A on a C/G box. I think both tunes fit under the fingers nicely in those keys; but really, with a player like Vallely, anything is possible.

Keys

Play it in F on the fiddle and then that lovely change up to G for Over The Moor To Maggie

Potential confusion with Donald Shaw’s reel

Has this been an issue? Anyone play them together? In Cape Breton, similar tunes are often side by side to keep the faculties sharp, perhaps!

Once In A Blue Moose, X:4

Just a slight variation on the first setting that works around the notes below D.