The Golden Keyboard reel

Also known as An Méarchlár Órga, The Golden Headboard.

There are 43 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Ambrose Moloney’s (a few times) and Father Kelly’s (a few times).

The Golden Keyboard has been added to 642 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Golden Keyboard
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
EDEF GFGA|BBgB fBeB|BEEF GBAG|FDAD BDAF|
EDEF GFGA|BBgB fBec|dcde dBAF|DFAF FEE2:|
Bee2 Bee2|Beef edBc|dAA2 fAA2|dcde dBAF|
EDEF GFGA|BBgB fBec|dcde dBAF|DFAF FEE2:|
X: 2
T: The Golden Keyboard
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BGEF GFGA|B2gB fBeA|BGEF GBAG|(3FED AD BDAF|
E^DEF GFGA|B2gB fBeB|d2dc dBAF|DFAF GEE2:|
Bee2 Beed|Beec dBAc|dAA2 fAA2|dfec dBAF|
E^DEF GFGA|B2gB fBeB|d2dc dBAF|DFAF GEE2:|
X: 3
T: The Golden Keyboard
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
F|~G2EF GFGA|B2gB fBed|BEEF GBAG|FDDF ADFA|
~G2EF GFGA|B2gB fBec|d2ce dBAF|FEED E3:|
e|e2 (3gfe be (3gfe|e^def e=dBc|dA~A2 eAce|dcAG FDEF|
~G2EF GFGA|B2gB fBec|d2ce dBAF|FEED E3:|
X: 4
T: The Golden Keyboard
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BGEF GFGA|B2gB fBeB|BGEF GBAG|(3FED AD BDAF|
E3 F GFGA|B2 gB fBeB|(3ded ce dBAF|DFAF GE E2:|
|:Be~e2 Beed|Beef edBc|dA~A2 eAce|d2ce dBAF|
~E3 F GFGA|B2 gB fBeB|(3ded ce dBAF|DEFD GE E3 A:|
X: 5
T: The Golden Keyboard
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
AG |: FADE FEFG | A2fA eAdc | ADDE FAGF | ECGC ACGC |
| FADE FEFG | A2fA eAdA | (3cec =Bd cAGE |1 CDEG FDDE :|2 CDEG FDD2 ||
|: Add2 Add2 | Adde dcAd | cGG2 EGed | ced=B cAGE |
| (3FDC DE FEFG | A2fA eAdA | (3cec =Bd cAGE |1 CDEG FDD2 :|2 CDEG FDDE ||

Nine comments

This is a great reel by Martin Mulhaire.

On the fiddle, there’s a lot of jumping between strings but with a bit of practice, it can be mastered fairly quickly.

I like to ornament this one with triplets. For instance, in the second part, I play the high E’s as a triplet instead of two seperate notes.

The New York Sligo fiddlers frequently play this followed by the Hunters House.

A Jig?

I know "The Golden Keyboard" as a jig. I think the jig version is the one recorded by Andrea Beaton and Beolach. Buddy MacMaster has also recorded it.

What other tunes?

I love this tune, but what is a good tune to go before and/or after it? Thanks.

What other tunes?

Matt Molloy & Sean Keane play Mayor Harrison’s Fedora after it on "Contentment Is Wealth", you could try that.

I’ve heard this tune played at sessions with more ‘swing’ and at a slower tempo as a hornpipe, and it works very well -
I’m sure I’ve seen
it listed as a hornpipe in some fiddle tune collections?

The Golden Keyboard, X:5

Composed by boxplayer Martin Mulhaire. I believe this is the original key. Very nice on the B/C, and feels lighter in F.

Re: The Golden Keyboard

Nice version, Thady. Thanks for sharing it! It’s not in F, though, but in D dorian (all Bs are natural).
Interesting that this version sounds lighter in this key on your instrument; on my DADGAD-tuned guitar, it comes off a good deal darker than the E dorian versions. I wonder how it sounds on other instruments?

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