Gone For His Tea reel

By Michael Tubridy

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

Gone For His Tea appears in 1 other tune collection.

Gone For His Tea has been added to 1 tune set.

Gone For His Tea has been added to 57 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Gone For His Tea
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E2FE DEFG|A2BF AFED|E2FE DEFG|AFDF (3EFE D2:|
d2ed cA~A2|BAGB A2Bc|d2ed BABc|dBAF (3EFE D2|
d2ed cA~A2|BAGB AFED|E2FE DEFG|AFDF (3EFE D2|
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2
X: 2
T: Gone For His Tea
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
E|E2FE DEFG|AFBF AFDF|E2FE DEFG|AFDF E3E|
EDFE D2FG|AdBd AFDF|E2FE DEFG|AFDF E3d||
d2ed cA~A2|BAGB A2Bc|dfec dABc|dABG FDFA|
d2ed cA~A2|BAGB A3F|FGFE DEFG|AFDF E3||
3
X: 3
T: Gone For His Tea
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
E|~E2 FE DEFG|AFBF AFDE|~E2 FE DEFG|AFDF (3EFE D2|
~E2 FE D2 E/F/G|AFBF AFDE|~E2 FE DEFG|AFDF EDBc||
d2 ed cA~A2|BAGB (3ABA Bc|d2 ed cABc|dBAF (3EFE Dd|
~d2 ed cA~A2|BAGB AF D2|E/F/G FE DEFG|AFDF EDFD||

Nine comments

Gone For His Tea

An apparently rare tune, learned from Michael Tubridy’s “Eagle’s Whistle album. The only other recording on the session that has this tune is John Skelton’s “Double Barreled.”

It seems the more I play it, the more I like it; especially the mixing of major and minor in the B part. I believe it is from Co. Clare, but not sure; anyone out there know?

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Great tune, that I’ve just learnt on whistle from Irish Flute Tunes on podbean.

It’s in D, rather than E dorian.

“that I’ve just learnt on whistle” ~ your new arrival I take it? 😉

Ya got me, ceol! Absolutely G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S it is, too.

😛

Composer Credit

Nice wee tune composed by Michael Tubridy himself. Michael “follies” it with another self-composition“It goes as Follies“ on “The Eagle’s Whistle”. This has also been posted.
Both tunes got their titles from two often-used expressions of Michael’s former Chieftains band-mate Paddy Moloney.

also found on “Deadly Buzz”

I found this via Spotify listening to the 2011 album Deadly Buzz (Aoibhinn Crónán) by Mick O’Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. They follow it with the Humours of Derrykissane. Beautiful medium tempo playing on pipes and fiddle.

Gone For His Tea, X:2

I learned this tune off Téada’s album, Ainneoin Na Stoirme. They play it as a slow reel, at a gentle pace, and I think it makes the little intricacies of the tune shine. They play in F on the album, but I usually play it in D, as I’ve shown here. Aside from the transposition, this setting is similar to what’s on the album, but not exact.

This is my first time submitting a setting, so let me know if I’ve done all right.

Gone For His Tea, X:3 (and story behind the title)

This is a wonderful Michael Tubridy tune that you can just play forever. Our version here is heavily influenced by Mick O’Brien and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, who notably played it in Moscow in 2008! Caoimhín was, of course, Michael’s student on the flute, and you can hear him speak fondly of Michael’s choice of (old) recordings for his students and the way they were encouraged to analyse and discuss them.

It wasn’t until last year that I figured out what the tune’s title means, though, and for that I had to ask Michael! So, apparently, “go for his tea” used to be a colloquial expression with a similar meaning to “kick the bucket” or “bite the dust”… and what Paddy Moloney used to employ it for was the demise of the fox at the end of the Foxchase!