The Caucus reel

Also known as The Cacus, The Caucus At Secaucus, The Caucus In Secaucus.

There are 14 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Down The Broom (a few times).

The Caucus has been added to 1 tune set.

The Caucus has been added to 71 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Caucus
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B|:dBBd ~g3d | egdB ~A3B | dBBd g2bg |1 a{b}age ~G3B:|2 aage g3a||
|:b~g3 ageg | g~e3 dega | b~g3 a2bg | aage ~g3a|
b~g3 agea | g~e3 dBGA | B2BG AGEG |1 GEDE G3a:|2 GEDE G3d||
|:edgd ed (3Bcd | egdB ~A3d | e2gd ed(3Bcd | gabg aag2 |
edgd ed (3Bcd | egdB A2GA | B3G AGEF |1 GEDE ~G3d :|2 GEDE G4||
# Added by LH .
X: 2
T: The Caucus
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d|"G"eddB g3 d|"C"egdB "D"A3 d|"G"eddB gabg|"D"abge "G"g3:||
a|"G"b ~g3 "D"agea|"G"gage dega|b ~g3 "D"a2 bg|abge "G"g3 a|
b ~g3 "D"agea|"G"gage dBGA|B2 BG "D"AGEG|"G"GEDE Gd|
"G"edgd ed (3Bcd|"C"egdB "D"A3d|"G"edgd ed (3Bcd|"C"gabg "D"a2gd|
"G"edgd ed (3Bcd|"C"egdB "D"A2GA|"G"B2 BG "D"AGEG|"G"GEDE G3:||
X: 3
T: The Caucus
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dBBd g2gd|egdB AGAB|dBBd g2bg|abge g3~z ||
bgg2 agef|geeg dega|bgg2 agbg|abge g3~a|
bgg2 agef|geeg dBGA|B2BG AGEG|GEDE G3~z :||
edgd edBd|egdB A2Bd|edgd edBd|gabg abgd|
edgd edBd|egdB A2GA|B2BG AGEG|GEDE G3~z :||
X: 4
T: The Caucus
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B|:dGBd ~g3d | egdB AGAB | dGBd gabg |1 abge g3e:|2 abge g3a||
|:b~g3 agef | g~e3 dega | b~g3 agbg | abge ~g3a|
b~g3 agef | gage dBGA | ABBA AGEG | GEDE G2Bd||
|:edgd ed (3Bcd | egdB A2Bd | edgd ed(3Bcd | gabg abgf |
edgd ed (3Bcd | egdB A2GA | ABBA AGEG |1 GEDE G4||

Ten comments

The Caucus Reel

Submitted due to a request from "cluaintarbh".

This reel was composed by (Canadian) Jean Duval in honor of the "Caucus in Secaucus" (Secaucus is a place in New Jersey usa). It was recorded by the Raffertys on the Dangerous Reel cd.

Its a great tune.

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Caucus

Thank you very much for posting this. Appreciate it.

A fellow flute player

Great tune

I posted this as a "Gan Ainm" yesterday, but you beat me to it.
Conal O’Grada played it at Hammy’s "flute-meeting" in Ballyvourney 2 months ago, so it’s made it down to Cork. Glad to have the name and composer of it. Great flute tune.

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Jean composed the tune for Mike Rafferty, whom he had just met for the first time at a Comhaltas Convention (the caucus in the title). He worked it out early on the Sunday morning in the hotel bedroom we were sharing. I was still prostate after late night sessions but listened to the whole process. Jean asked me for ideas for a name, and I came up with "The Caucus _at_ Secaucus."

Just noticed that the first phrase in particular does not correspond to what Jean wrote. Here are the ABCs he himself gave me recently:

T:30. The Caucus at Secaucus
M:4/4
L:1/8
C:Jean Duval 06-04-1991
S:for Mike Rafferty and Rosín McLaughlin
R:reel
Z:Jean Duval
K:G
d|"G"eddB g3 d|"C"egdB "D"A3 d|"G"eddB gabg|"D"abge "G"g3:||
a|"G"b ~g3 "D"agea|"G"gage dega|b ~g3 "D"a2 bg|abge "G"g3 a|b ~g3 "D"agea|"G"gage dBGA|B2 BG "D"AGEG|"G"GEDE G
3:||
d|"G"edgd ed (3Bcd|"C"egdB "D"A3d|"G"edgd ed (3Bcd|"C"gabg "D"a2gd|"G"edgd ed (3Bcd|"C"egdB "D"A2GA|"G"B2 BG "D"AGEG|"G"GEDE G3:||

Mike McGoldrick taught this at a Comhaltas workshop in Leeds (gan ainm), roughly so,

T:Caucus at Secaucus
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:G
dBBd g2gd|egdB AGAB|dBBd g2bg|abge g3~z ||
bgg2 agef|geeg dega|bgg2 agbg|abge g3~a|
bgg2 agef|geeg dBGA|B2BG AGEG|GEDE G3~z :||
edgd edBd|egdB A2Bd|edgd edBd|gabg abgd|
edgd edBd|egdB A2GA|B2BG AGEG|GEDE G3~z :||

Concertina version

Here’s what we learnt recently from Aoife Johnstone of Dublin at a festival in NSW. Aoife is a gracious and very effective teacher.

B|:dGBd ~g3d | egdB AGAB | dGBd gabg |1 abge g3e:|2 abge g3a||
|:b~g3 agef | g~e3 dega | b~g3 agbg | abge ~g3a|
b~g3 agef | gage dBGA | ABBA AGEG | GEDE G2Bd||
|:edgd ed (3Bcd | egdB A2Bd | edgd ed(3Bcd | gabg abgf |
edgd ed (3Bcd | egdB A2GA | ABBA AGEG |1 GEDE G4||

Paddy Egan(concertina) plays it after The Castlebar Traveller