Swinging On The Gate reel

Also known as Charlie Harris’s, Swinging On A Gate.

There are 37 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Abbey (a few times), The Clogger’s Quilt (a few times), The Humours Of Ballyconnell (a few times), The Nine Points Of Roguery (a few times) and The Oak Tree (a few times).

Swinging On The Gate has been added to 55 tune sets.

Swinging On The Gate has been added to 684 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: Swinging On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
gedB G2AB|cABG AGEG|DGBd g2fg|eaag fdef|
gedB G2AB|cABG AGEG|cABG AGEG|DGGF GABd:|
|:~g3a bgaf|gfed cBAG|EAAB cBAG|(3EFG AB cdef|
~g3a bgaf|gfed cBAB|cABG AGEG|DGGF GABd:|
X: 2
T: Swinging On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2 AF D2 EF | G2 FG FDB,D | A,DFA d2 cA | (3Bcd ed cABc |
dBAF D2 EF | GEFD EDB,D | GE (3FED EDB,G, | A,B,DE D2 :|
d2 de faef | dcBA F2 ED | B,E E2 GFED | B,DEF GABc |
dcde (3fga ef | dcBA F2 EF | (3GFE FD EDB,G, | A,B,DE D2 :|
X: 3
T: Swinging On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
afec A/A/A Bc | dB c/B/A BA F2 | EAce a2 ba | gaba gefg |
afec A2 Bc | d2 cA BAFA | dBcA BA F/G/A | EAAG A2 :|
a2 ab c'/b/a bg | agfe c2 BA | FBBc dcBA | FB-Bc defg |
agab c'2 bg | agfe c2 Bc | dB c/B/A BAFA | EAAG A2 :|
X: 4
T: Swinging On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
gedB G2 AB | cABG AGEG | DGBd g2 g/f/e | fgag fdef |
gedB G/G/G AB | c2 B/A/G AGEG | cABG AGEG | DGGF G2 :|
gfga bagf | gfed B2 AG | E2 AB cBAG | E2 G/A/B cdef |
g2 ga bagf | g2 f/e/d ed B/c/d | c2 BG AG E/F/G | DGGF G2 :|
X: 5
T: Swinging On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
gedB [D2G2] AB|cABG AGEG|DGBd g2fg|eaag fdef|
gedB G2AB|ceBc AGEG|(3cBA BG AGEC|DEGA ~G3f:|
|:~g3a bd'ab|gfed BdAG|EA/A/AB cBAG|EAAB cdef|
gdga bd'ab|gfed B2AB|ceBG AGEC|DEGA G2Bd:|
X: 6
T: Swinging On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|e2f2|:"G"gedB G2AB|"Am"cABG AGEG|"G"DGBd g2ge|"D"fgag fdef|
"G"gedB G2AB|"Am"cABG AGEG|cABG AGEG|"D"DGGF "G"GABd:|
|:"G"~gfga bagf|"Em"gfed cBAG|"Am"EAAB cBAG|(3EFG AB "D"cdef|
"G"~gfga bagf|"Em"gfed cBAG|"C"cABG "Am"AGEG|[1"D"DGGF "G"GABd:|[2"D"DGGF "G"G4|]
# Added by Bryce .
X: 7
T: Swinging On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bd|gedB G2AB|cABG AGEG|DGBd g2fg|eaag fdef|
gedB G2AB|cABG AGEG|cABG AGEG|DGGF GABd:|
|:g3a bgaf|gfed B2 AG|EAAB cBAG|(3EFG AB cdef|
g3a bgaf|gfed B2 AB|cABG AGEG|DGGF GABd:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: Swinging On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:gedB G2AB|cABG AGEG|(3DEG Bd g2fe|fgag fdef|
gedB G2AB|cABG AGE2|cABG AGEG|DEGA G4:|
|:gfga bagf|gfed B2AG|EGAB cBAG|EGAB cdef|
gfga bagf|gfed B2AG|cABG AGEG|(3DEF GA G4:|
X: 9
T: Swinging On The Gate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
a^a |: bage d2 d^d | ecdB cBGA | GBdg b2 ag | ac'c'b afga |
bage d2 d^d | ecdB cBGA | ecdB cBGA |GBBA B4 :|
: B3 c dBcA | BdcB G2 cB | Accd edcB | ABcd FFGA |
B3 c dBcA | BdcB G2 cd | ecdB cBGA | GBBA B3 z :|

Sixteen comments

"The Bridge Céilí Band" ~ track 6, #2 of 4 reels
Submitted & this missed on March 2nd 2007 by ceolachan.
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/2440

Damn, that’s sad, nobody has made any comment or contribution on this tune until now… ;-/

“Swinging on the Gate” ~ D Major

"Music from Ireland, Volume One"
Dave Bulmer & Neil Sharpley, 1974
ISBN: 0-9503784-02

Page 20, tune #53: "Swinging on the Gate"

K: D Major
|: FA |
d2 AF D2 EF | G2 FG FDB,D | A,DFA d2 cA | (3Bcd ed cABc |
dBAF D2 EF | GEFD EDB,D | GE (3FED EDB,G, | A,B,DE D2 :|
|: FA |
d2 de faef | dcBA F2 ED | B,E E2 GFED | B,DEF GABc |
dcde (3fga ef | dcBA F2 EF | (3GFE FD EDB,G, | A,B,DE D2 :|

Depending on the instrument or your mood this old standard has been and can be played in the keys of C, D, G & A Major…or whatever you fancy…

I’ve heard that D setting played at our session before. It’s got some nice twists in it.

Hi Mark, yeah, I love it down low like that… There are great transcriptions in the Bulmer & Sharpley collections…

“Swinging on a / the Gate” ~ A Major

K: A Major
|: e/f/g |
afec A/A/A Bc | dB c/B/A BA F2 | EAce a2 ba | gaba gefg |
afec A2 Bc | d2 cA BAFA | dBcA BA F/G/A | EAAG A2 :|
|: ce |
a2 ab c’/b/a bg | agfe c2 BA | FBBc dcBA | FB-Bc defg |
agab c’2 bg | agfe c2 Bc | dB c/B/A BAFA | EAAG A2 :|

It’s probably more commonly played in G as this is the key shown in O’Neill’s which is where I got it. Have to agree about the great settings in Bulmers & Sharpley which is where I found the great Kilfenora jigs some 20 years ago when they were definitely not to be found anywhere else.

“Swinging on a / the Gate” ~ G Major, an ‘American’ conglomeration

K: G Major
|: d/e/f |
gedB G2 AB | cABG AGEG | DGBd g2 g/f/e | fgag fdef |
gedB G/G/G AB | c2 B/A/G AGEG | cABG AGEG | DGGF G2 :|
|: d2 |
gfga bagf | gfed B2 AG | E2 AB cBAG | E2 G/A/B cdef |
g2 ga bagf | g2 f/e/d ed B/c/d | c2 BG AG E/F/G | DGGF G2 :|

I’m making up for the neglect this old standard has suffered in its comments. I’m hoping some other transcriptions will appear. It has been around so long ~ Eire, Scotland, Cymru, England, France, Denmark, North America, Australia, etc… ~ there’s no way it will have been set in aspic or concrete, and I don’t just mean the half dozen or so keys it has been played in… ;-)

The G setting is definitely the most popular in sessions, but that D setting is so nice. I took to transposing the D setting into G just so I could keep those twists, since top D is no problem on the concertina. Unfortunately I found that the 2 versions aren’t really compatible so I reverted to the standard setting which appears in the original submission. It’s a very common tune at our session - maybe gets played once every other session. Anyway, here’s the setting I like to play:

X: 1
T: Swinging On The Gate
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
gedB [D2G2] AB|cABG AGEG|DGBd g2fg|eaag fdef|
gedB G2AB|ceBc AGEG|(3cBA BG AGEC|DEGA ~G3f:|
|:~g3a bd’ab|gfed BdAG|EA/A/AB cBAG|EAAB cdef|
gdga bd’ab|gfed B2AB|ceBG AGEC|DEGA G2Bd:|

Swinging on the Gate/Mossy Banks

These two reels have almost identical starts and it’s often difficult to get the session to join you on the one you want! I suppose it’s one of those cases where a bit of verbal communication is required with the rest of the group before launching into it (or the other one as the case may be).

Swinging On The Gate, X:6

Here are some chords for Swinging on the Gate

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Swinging On The Gate, X:8

As played by Celticity, about the only one I could find on Spotify… what a fun tune. Most Irish tune names don’t seem to bear much relation to the tunes themselves, but this one is definitely an exception.

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Swinging On The Gate, X:9

This is not another setting of the melody of Swinging on the Gate. It’s a harmony that I came up with a couple of years ago. I’ve been using it in jam sessions and it seems to work pretty well - especially in a small group when both melody and harmony can be clearly heard.