The Palm Tree reel

By Billy McComiskey

There are 17 recordings of this tune.
This tune has been recorded together with

The Palm Tree has been added to 19 tune sets.

The Palm Tree has been added to 89 tunebooks.

Download ABC

Four settings

Sheet Music
Sheet Music
Sheet Music
Sheet Music
Sheet Music
Sheet Music
Sheet Music
Sheet Music3
Sheet Music
Sheet Music
Sheet Music
Sheet Music
Sheet Music
Sheet Music12
Sheet Music
Sheet Music132

Eleven comments

A great reel from e great album.
( I think so )


composed by Billy Mc Comiskey (if I’m not mistaken).

There’s a funny story here about this reel and the Flowers of Brooklyn:

The composer, Billy McComiskey writes the following about the history of this tune:
“Lori Anders, a New England piano accordion player, challenged me one night years ago saying, ”See, that’s why the piano accordion is better than the button box … you can’t play in Eb or Bb."
In response, Billy wrote The Flowers of Brooklyn in Eb and The Palm Tree in Bb.

Posted by .

This is my favourite tune at the moment. I love it!

The tune is quite a challenge on the box. But great practice. Laurie Andres (correct spelling of her name) had a point though: there’s a difference between writing a tune in Eb or Bb and jumping right in at a session when you’re playing a box in B/C or C#/D. (not talking about D/D# of course).

The Palm Tree, X:2

X: 1
T: The Palm Tree
R: reel
G: Whistle
C: Billy McComiskey
S: Joanie Madden, during a 2015 Minnesota Irish Music Workshop at the Center for Irish Music in St. Paul, MN.
H: Originally composed by Billy McComiskey in Bb in order to win a wager with Lori Anders. See:
N: Arranged by Joanie Madden. The g# in the 4th bar of the B part is particularly pleasing.
Z: Andrea Morgan-Brist
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj