The Drunken Landlady reel

Also known as Bridget Flynn, The Drunk Landlady, Joan Culloo’s.

There are 60 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Love At The Endings (a few times), Maudabawn Chapel (a few times), Up Against The Buachaláns (a few times), Anderson’s (a few times) and The Boyne Hunt (a few times).

The Drunken Landlady has been added to 28 tune sets.

The Drunken Landlady has been added to 775 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Drunken Landlady
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BE~E2 BAFA|BE~E2 BAFA|ABAF D2FD|FA~A2 BAFA|
BE~E2 BAFA|BE~E2 BAFA|A2Bc dfec|dBAF E4:|
|:Beed e2de|f2df efdB|ABAF D2FD|FA~A2 BAFA|
Beed e2de|f2df efdB|A2Bc dfec|dBAF E4:|
X: 2
T: The Drunken Landlady
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
FA|BE~E2 BAFA|BE~E2 BAFG|ABAF DEFD|FAAd BAFA|
BE~E2 BAFA|B2cA BAFG|A2Bc defe|dBAF E2:|
FA|Beed e2de|f2df e2dB|ABAF DEFD|FAAd BAFA|
Beed e2de|f2df e2dB|~A3B defe|dBAF E2:|
X: 3
T: The Drunken Landlady
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
BE E2 BAFA | B2 Ed BAFB | ABAF D2 ED | FAAd BAFA | ~
X: 4
T: The Drunken Landlady
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
eA~A2 edBd|eA~A2 edBd|dedB G2BG|Bd~d2 edBd|
eA~A2 edBd|eA~A2 edBd|d2ef gbaf|gedB A4:|
|:eaag a2ga|b2gb abge|dedB G2BG|Bd~d2 edBd|
eaag a2ga|b2gb abge|d2ef gbaf|gedB A4:|
X: 5
T: The Drunken Landlady
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
(3Bcd |: eA~A2 egfd|eA~A2 edBc|dedB ~G3A|Bddg ed (3Bcd|
eA~A2 egfd|eA~A2 edBc|d2ef gbaf|gedB A4:|
(3Bcd|:eaag a2ga|bbgb abge|dedB ~G3A|Bddg edBd|
eaag a2ga|bbgb abge|d2ef gbaf|gedB A4:|
X: 6
T: The Drunken Landlady
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|: Bd | eA A2 egfd | eA A2 edBd | dedB G3A | Bddg edBd |
eA A2 egfd | eA A2 edBd | d2 ef g3a | gedB A3 :|
|: eaag a2 ga | b2 gb abge | dedB G3A | Bddg edBd |
eaag a2 ga | b2 gb abge | d2 ef g3a | gedB A2 A2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: The Drunken Landlady
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:BE E2 BAFA|BE E2 BAFB|ABAF D3E|FAAd BAFA|
BE E2 BAFA|B2 dB BAFB|A2 Bc dfec|dBAF E4:||
|:Beed e2 de|f2 df efdB|ABAF D3E|FAAd BAFA|
Beed e2 de|f2 df efdB|A2 Bc dfec|dBAF E4:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: The Drunken Landlady
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
T:Drunken Landlady's Take Five
S:Usher's Island
M:5/4
B3E EE BA FA | B3E EE BA FB | A3B AF D2 ED | F3A AF BA FA |
B3E EE BA FA | B3E EE BA FB | A3F AB d2 fe |1 d3B AF EA ed :|2d3B AF EF AF ||
B3e ed e2 ag | f3e ed ef dB | A3B AF DA F/E/D | EF FA AF BA FA |
B3e ed e2 ag | f3e ed ef dB | A2 FA AB de fe | d3B AF EF AF |
B3e ed e2 ag | f3b af ef/e/ dB | A3B AF DA F/E/D | EFFA- AF BA FA |
B3e ed e2 ag | "tr"f2 -f2- f2- ef dB | A3F AB d2 fe | d3B AF E2 ed ||

Sixteen comments

Another recording

Tommy Peoples - The Iron Man

Goes well with The Otter’s Holt following it, and both tunes are great to play in hornpipe rhythm.

Another Setting

Here is another version, which is similar to Pigeon on the Gate.

FA|BE~E2 BAFA|BE~E2 BAFG|ABAF DEFD|FAAd BAFA|
BE~E2 BAFA|B2cA BAFG|A2Bc defe|dBAF E2:|
FA|Beed e2de|f2df e2dB|ABAF DEFD|FAAd BAFA|
Beed e2de|f2df e2dB|~A3B defe|dBAF E2:|

I got this setting from Sonja O’Brien at Boghill Centre, Kilfenora, Co. Clare. I suspect it comes from the playing of Bothy Band in their "Out of the Wind into the Sun."

I cant do ABC

This setting is a few notes off.
Bar 1 and 2 are not correct
I dont know abc so here are the note names preceded
by the letter 4 for quarter 8 for eight
Leading note 8a / 8b-8e 4e 8b-8a-8f#-8a/ 4b 8e-8d’ 8b-8a-8f#-8a/
the same phrase occurs several times

Source 50 IRISH Fiddle Tunes by Tommy Peoples 1986 and he does call it
‘The Drunken Landlady’

The Bothy Band recorderd an Amin version of this tune.
(The Morning Star/The Fisherman’s Lilt/The Drunken Landlady)

Natalie MacMasters arrangement

she plays it in A dorian with a C and D part written by Stewart MacNiel. If anyone wants them let me know

sorefingers offering in ABCs:

K: E minor
|: A |
BE E2 BAFA | B2 Ed BAFB | ABAF D2 ED | FAAd BAFA | ~

Bothy Band - Out of the Wind into the Sun

Transposed to the key the Bothies play it in when they play it with The Morning Star and Fisherman’s Lilt. Thanks to Jens Wollschläger’s ABC Transposer! (Phew!)

X: 1
T: Drunken Landlady, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K:Ador
eA~A2 edBd|eA~A2 edBd|dedB G2BG|Bd~d2 edBd|
eA~A2 edBd|eA~A2 edBd|d2ef gbaf|gedB A4:|
|:eaag a2ga|b2gb abge|dedB G2BG|Bd~d2 edBd|
eaag a2ga|b2gb abge|d2ef gbaf|gedB A4:|

I decided to learn this tune in honour of a horrible woman who was indeed the drunken landlady of a local pub… my ambition is to someday busk with it outside the pub. She won’t get it but it’ll give me great satisfaction.

Listed as "Bridget Flynn’s" on Martin Mulvihill’s recording "Traditional Irish Fiddling From Limerick"

Liam O´Flynn´s version

X: 1
T: Drunken Landlady, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K:Ador
(3Bcd |: eA~A2 egfd|eA~A2 edBc|dedB ~G3A|Bddg ed (3Bcd|
eA~A2 egfd|eA~A2 edBc|d2ef gbaf|gedB A4:|
(3Bcd|:eaag a2ga|bbgb abge|dedB ~G3A|Bddg edBd|
eaag a2ga|bbgb abge|d2ef gbaf|gedB A4:|

The Drunken Landlady, X:8

This is from the playing of Mick McGoldrick on Usher’s Island album. Mike writes in the sleeve notes: ‘John and I were playing around with this common reel and somehow it ended up in the time signature of 5/4’.
I tried to be as close as possible to what he plays solo. The bar 14 with the long trilled note on the f is not played like that when the band joins in but rather like bar 10