Tap The Barrel reel

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

Tap The Barrel has been added to 20 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Tap The Barrel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:D2 (3FED AD (3FED|cAGE CEGE|D2 (3FED AD (3FED|cAGE AD D2|
D2 (3FED AD (3FED|cAGE CEGE|D2 (3FED AD (3FED|cAGE AD (3DDD:|
|:d3g fafd|cdef g2 fe|d3g fafd|cAGE ED D2|
d3g fafd|(3Bcd ef g2 fe|fafd (3efg ed|cAGE ED (3DDD:|
X: 2
T: Tap The Barrel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: D2 (3FED ADFA | cAGE {G}EDCE | D2 (3FED ADFA | cAGE ADDC |
| D2 (3FED ADFA | cAGE CD (3EFG | D2 (3FED ADFA |1 cAGE A2 GE :|2 cAGE ADFA ||
|: [d3D3] e faed | cdef (3gag fe | ~d3 e faed | cAGE ADFA |
| d^cde faed | (3Bcd ef ~g3 e | ~f3 d (3efg ed |1 cAGE ADDA :|2 cAGE ADDC ||
# Added .
X: 3
T: Tap The Barrel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
c|BAG AFD|~D3 AFD|BAG AFD|DGG G2c|!
BAG AFD|~D3 AFD|BGB cAF|~G3 G2:||!
e|f2d g2e|f2d cAG|g2g gbg|afd d2e|!
fed g2e|f2d cAG|BAG cAF|~G3 G2:||

Four comments

Tap The Barrel

From Breandan Breathnach’s collection "Ceol Rince na hEireann"

Yep, this one’s in Breathnach’s Volume 2, collected from the playing of Julia Clifford.

I play this a bit different, as follies:

K: D mixolydian
|: D2 (3FED ADFA | cAGE {G}EDCE | D2 (3FED ADFA | cAGE ADDC |
| D2 (3FED ADFA | cAGE CD (3EFG | D2 (3FED ADFA |1 cAGE A2 GE :| 2 cAGE ADFA ||
|: [d3D3] e faed | cdef (3gag fe | ~d3 e faed | cAGE ADFA |
| d^cde faed | (3Bcd ef ~g3 e | ~f3 d (3efg ed |1 cAGE ADDA :|2 cAGE ADDC ||

The A part alwaysreminds me of Toss the Feathers, and the B part shares lots of similarities with Bantry Lasses and Miss Glavin’s. Variations comes easy by mxing and matching bits of these different tunes, as long as you don’t lose the thread of Tap the Barrel.

Posted .

Brian McNamara’s “Tap The Barrel” is a jig

T:Tap The Barrel
R:jig
Z:Bill Reeder
M:6/8
L:1/8
K:G
c|BAG AFD|~D3 AFD|BAG AFD|DGG G2c|!
BAG AFD|~D3 AFD|BGB cAF|~G3 G2:||!
e|f2d g2e|f2d cAG|g2g gbg|afd d2e|!
fed g2e|f2d cAG|BAG cAF|~G3 G2:||

Re: Tap The Barrel

Also compare "The Return to Milltown" (https://thesession.org/tunes/3205. Note that Alan Ng considers these to be the same tune; I think their first parts are very similar, but slightly different.