Tie The Ribbons reel

Also known as The Dublin Lasses, The Eight And Forty Sisters, The Maids Of Galway, Tie The Ribbon.

There are 18 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Over The Moor To Peggy (a few times) and The Reel Of Mullinavat (a few times).

Tie The Ribbons has been added to 6 tune sets.

Tie The Ribbons has been added to 78 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Tie The Ribbons
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BE ~E2 G2 AG|FDAD BDAD|GBEF GABc|1d2 df ~e2 dc:|2d2 df ~e3f||
g2 gf gbag|fddc dfaf|g2 ef gbaf|gfed Bdef|
g2 gf gbag|fddc dfa2|bgaf gfed|Bgfg ~e2dc||
X: 2
T: Tie The Ribbons
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
dc|: BE ~E2 GBAG|DFAc BGAF|GFEF GAB^c|1~d2 df efd=c|2~d2 dB e3 f||
|: gfef gbag|fd ~d2 dfaf|gfef (3gab af|gefd Beef|
gzef gbaf|fd ~d2 dfaf|Beaf gfe^c |~d2 dB efd=c:|
# Added by drone .
X: 3
T: Tie The Ribbons
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:BGEF GBAG|FGAG FDFA|BGEF G2 ef|gefd Beed|
BGEF GBAG|FGAG FDFA|BGEF G2 ef|gefd Be e2||
|:g3a bgeg|f3g afdf|g3a bgef|gefd Beef|
gfga bgeg|f3g afdf|gabg fgaf|gfed Be e2||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: Tie The Ribbons
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: BGEF GBAG | FDAD BDAD | GFEF GFGB |1 dcdf e2 dc :|2 dcdf e2ef ||
|: gfef gbag | fede fga2 |1 gfef gbag |fedf e2ef :|2 bgaf gfe2 | dcdf e2dc |
X: 5
T: Tie The Ribbons
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: EBBA ABGB | EBBA F~A3 |1 ~f2 eB fedB | defe dBAF :|2 ~f2 eB fedB | defe d3 B||
| deed e2 de | fedf e2-~e2 | f2 ba fbaf | fgfe dBAF |
| Beed e2 de | fedf efga | baba fbaf | fgfe dBAF ||
X: 6
T: Tie The Ribbons
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
d2c |: B2EF GBAG | FDAD BDAD | G2EF GABc |1 dcdf e2dc :|2 dcdf e2ef ||
|: g2ef gbag | f2dc dfaf | g2ef gbag | fedf e2ef |
g2ef gbag | f2dc dfaf | bgaf gfed |1 Beed e2ef :|2 Beed e2dc ||

Twelve comments

Tie the Ribbons

This reel is heard on The Chieftains 2 (track 9).

Frankie went to town on this…

From Frankie (Gavin) Goes To Town… first tune, first time around. Frankie tears through this at warp speed, and I still love it, though playing at earth-bound speed. I searched, and couldn’t find it under any other name. Maybe more experienced players or scholars might have done…

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Tie the Ribbons

This one’s in "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland" as "Tie the Ribbons."

This is on Paul Brock and Enda Scahill’s "Humdinger" as The Dublin Lasses.

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Eight and Forty Sisters

This tune is also on a cassette by Anisa Angarola, an excellent classical guitarist, with Tommy Hayes (bodhran), Valerie King(flute) and Joemy Wilson (dulcimer). The cassette is called "Irish Airs and Dances", recorded in 1991 Dargason Music and supposedly is available on CD.

I overlooked Thomas Axworthy (recorder). So sorry!

O’Neill’s Version

X: 1
T: Tie The Ribbons
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Edor
|:BGEF GBAG|FGAG FDFA|BGEF G2 ef|gefd Beed|
BGEF GBAG|FGAG FDFA|BGEF G2 ef|gefd Be e2||
|:g3a bgeg|f3g afdf|g3a bgef|gefd Beef|
gfga bgeg|f3g afdf|gabg fgaf|gfed Be e2||

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Maids Of Galway

Recorded way back when by John McKenna and Michael Gaffney on a 78, I noticed a version of this straightforward enough reel was also recorded by Tomás Ó Huigín on one of the Fr. Henebry wax cylinders and thought I’d write out the setting on the 78. This isn’t of course to be confused with the Old Maids of Galway, otherwise usually called Johnny When You Die, to give the title used by Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford. I swear up and down I’ve seen it in various books too; DMI 741, Murtough Molly, is a bit similar but only up to a point. Browsing quickly through Ryan’s I see some similarity to Paddy the Piper and the Evergreen Lasses, for instance; but neither are quite this tune in their entirety.

Maids Of Galway

So right you are, Sebastian. Jeremy, or whoever, feel free to delete this entry and add my setting to TTR.

I wonder why Tunepal, thesession.org, and Google Searches never nail down these things for me. All I found searching for BGEF GBAG FDAD BDAD etc is the Golden Keyboard. Of course now I look and find TTR and my own tune too, making me think the Internet is messing with me…

Re: Tie The Ribbons

There’s beautiful rendition of this tune on Chieftains 2 played by Michael Turbridy. He plays it after ‘Pigtown’ and before the Little bag of Spuds.

Tie The Ribbons, X:6

From the playing of Figgy Duff, who learned it from Art Stoyles.