T: The Apple Tree
A2a2 fedc|Aaga fedc|Bcde fBBc|Bcde fefa|
A2a2 fedc|Aaga fedc|Bcde fBBa|gefg a4:|
EAAB cBAE|EAAB cBAG|FBBc dcBA|GABc defe|
EAAB cBAE|EAAB cBAG|FBBc dcBA|GEFG A4:|
By Carl Volti
There are 3 recordings of this tune.
The Apple Tree has been added to 39 tunebooks.
Someone gave me this tune at a Clonmel workshop last year. It’s on a recent list of Scottish tunes https://thesession.org/discussions/4239, so if it’s the same one then it must be Scottish. Come to think of it, it has got something of the flavour of a Scottish reel about it. It’s a good lively reel to play, and not too difficult for beginners.
If it’s in A major, then it must be Scottish. 😉
Ah, but sometimes I like to play G maj tunes in A maj 🙂
For the fiddle, try transposing this tune down to G; this gives a marvellous opportunity for open G-string drones in bars 1, 2, 5 and 6 of the second part. Then go straight into the full 4-part version of The High Road to Linton in A.
That will turn it into an Irish tune then. 🙂 Ach well, The High Road To Linton will always be Scottish , I suppose
“The Apple Tree” was composed by Scots fiddler Carl Volti (nee Archie Milligan) in the 18th century. A short biog can be seen at
The NINETEENTH century I meant!