Good Morning To Your Nightcap reel

Also known as Coleman’s, The Drunken Policecar, The Drunken Policeman, Good Morning Nightcap, Good Morning To Your Night Cap, Good Morning To Your Nightcap, Good Morning, Nightcap?, Good Morrow To Your Nightcap, The Laughing Policecar, Michael Coleman’s, Morning Nightcap, The Morning Nightcap, Over The Waves, The Policeman’s Nightcap.

There are 28 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Farrel O’Gara’s (a few times), MacLeod’s Farewell (a few times) and The Malbay Shuffle (a few times).

Good Morning To Your Nightcap has been added to 17 tune sets.

Good Morning To Your Nightcap has been added to 499 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Good Morning To Your Nightcap
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
e4 d4 | cBcd edd2 | ecec dBdB | (3cBA BG EGD2 |
edce dcBd | cBcd (3ege d2 | eg (3fga gedB | (3cBA BG EGD2 :||
EAAc BGG2 | cBcd (3ege d2 | EAAc BGG2 |(3cBA BG EGD2 |
~E3c BGG2 | cBcd (3ege d2 | eg (3fga gedB | (3cBA BG EGD2 :||
X: 2
T: Good Morning To Your Nightcap
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|e4d4|cBcd {f}e2d2|e^fe^c d^cdB|{d}BABG E^D=D2|
e^fe^c dcdB|cBcd {^f}e2d2|(3e^fg fa gedB|1(3cBA BG EGDG:|2(3cBA BG EGAG||
|:EAAc BGGA|{d}BABd (3e^fed2|DEAA {c}BGGA|(3cBA BG EGDG|
EAAc BGGA|{d}BABd (3e^fe d2|(3e^fg fa gedB|1(3cBA BG EGDG:|2(3cBA BG EGD2||
# Added by Mikea .
X: 3
T: Good Morning To Your Nightcap
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
(3Bcd | ~e3c dedB | cBcd eedg | e3c dedB | BAAG A2 (3Bcd |
~e3c dedB | cBcd eedg | e2ga gedB |1 BAAG A2 :||2 BAAG AGED ||
EAAc BGGB | cBcd eedg | eAAA BGG2 | BAAG AGED |
EAAc BGGB | cBcd eedg | e2 ga gedB |1 BAAG AGED :||2 BAAG A2 ||
X: 4
T: Good Morning To Your Nightcap
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
~e3 c ~d3 B | cBcd edd2 | ecec dBdB | (3cBA BG EGD2 |
ecec dedB | cBcd ec d2 | ~g3 e dGBd | BA~AG EGD2 |
~e3 c dGB/2c/2d | cBcd e2 d2 | edce dcB/2c/2d | cABG (3EGE D2 |
ecec d^cdB | cBcd ec d2 | egfa gedB | cABG (3EGE D2 |
~A3 G BG~G2 | cBcd ~e2 d2 | eA~A2 BG~G2 |(3cBA ~AG EGD2 |
~A3 G BG~G2 | cBcd ~e2 d2 |1 ~g3 e dGBd | BA~AG EGD2 :|2 (3efg fa gedB | cABG (3EGE D2 |
X: 5
T: Good Morning To Your Nightcap
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
(3Bcd |: e3c dedB | cBcd eedg | e3c dedB | BAAG A2 (3Bcd |
e3c dedB | cBcd eedg | e2ga gedB |1 BAAG A2 :||2 BAAG AGED ||
|:EAAc BGGB | cBcd eedg | eA A2 BG G2 | BAAG AGED |
EAAc BGGB | cBcd eedg | e2 ga gedB |1 BAAG AGED :||2 BAAG A2 ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: Good Morning To Your Nightcap
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
e4 d4 | cBcd edd2 | e=fec dedB | cA BG EGD2 |
e4 d4 | cBcd edd2 | eg fa gedB | cA BG EGD2 :||
EAAc BGGB | cBcd ed d2 | EAAc BGGB |cA BG EGD2 |
EAAc BGGB | cBcd ed d2 | eg fa gedB | cA BG EGD2 :||
X: 7
T: Good Morning To Your Nightcap
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
e4 d3B | cBcd e2d2 | ecec dedB | cBBG E2D2 |
e3c d3B | cBcd egd2 | (3efg fa gedB | cBAG E2D2 ||
EAAc BGGB | cBcd e2d2 | EAAc BGGB | cBAG EGD2 |
EAAc BGGB | cBcd egd2 | (3efg fa gedB | cBAG E2D2 ||
# Added by Jesse .

Fourteen comments

This is a very simple tune which is fun to play, It’s often played as a set following Farrel O’Gara’s

Coleman’s nightcap

Just to say,Brad,that this tune is also down as ‘Coleman’s’ on Kevin Burke’s ‘If the cap fits’ album and that someone also told me that it’s called the ‘Drunken policecar’.
I like it anyway and I just wonder where all these different titles come from.
I know it does n’t have owt to do with the tune but it’s funny to see what things get transmogrified.I dont know were that word came from but I know it exists.
dave

I first heard this on an early album by Northumbrian piper Kathryn Tickell, under the name of "Matt’s", and thought it was a Northumbrian tune until I heard Kevin Burke’s recording of it on his album "If The Cap Fits". I think it has been popularised more recently by Four Men And A Dog. It is a simple tune, but not necessarily an easy one. It’s hard to know what to do with those long notes on mandolin or banjo. On the fiddle, double stringing the first high E (i.e. playing the open E string and doubling the E on the A string) sounds good - but then I don’t play the fiddle, so what do I know.

Those long notes.

The players at thesession I go to roll those two half notes. Seems the obvious thing, I suppose. Of course, they are mostly pipers and fiddlers, so it’s easier to deal with than it would be on a mandolin. I guess one could just do any rhythmic pattern but stay on the same note. Actually, I think sometimes they also slide up to those notes, which sounds very cool. This tune’s great for practicing all kinds of ornamentation, cuz no matter what you do, in what combination, it works.

This tune is strongly associated with Michael Coleman because he recorded it on a popular 78. That’s probably how Burke came up with the "Coleman" name. as far as the drunken police car maybe thase two first long notes sound like a drunk siren??

If the cap fits

Just thought I would fill in the last tune for the recording ‘If the cap fits’
Good Luck
Mikea

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Well, I tried applying the "Chris Smith" test to it… while my wife played the tune, I droned on A and droned on E. E sounded off. A sounded right.

This is sort of the short form of some other tests I do, like seeing what chords could be constructed from the notes of the individual bars (too much hassle usually).

My first thought on my first accompaniment of this tune was "It’s A Dorian."

Mick McAuley plays this in concert. It’s scary.

popularised by Lunasa (played down a tone on the C whistle) following on after McLeod’s Farewell (transposed to D for the pipes and increectly named the Wedding Reel). I learned it from their recording, which resolves heavily onto the Ador each time, and the high g leading notes back onto e help give it a lift. But I think there’s more interest in the second part of the tune keeping the EAAc BGGB, as Matt Molloy does, rather than Kevin Crawford’s EAAA BGGG. Great tune

X: 1
T: Morning Nightcap
T: loosely based on Lunasa’s version
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Ador
(3Bcd | ~e3c dedB | cBcd eedg | e3c dedB | BAAG A2 (3Bcd |
~e3c dedB | cBcd eedg | e2ga gedB |1 BAAG A2 :||2 BAAG AGED ||
EAAc BGGB | cBcd eedg | eAAA BGG2 | BAAG AGED |
EAAc BGGB | cBcd eedg | e2 ga gedB |1 BAAG AGED :||2 BAAG A2 ||

KC’s right it is in A dorian.

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Matt Molloy - Heathery Breeze

Z:DJF
K:Ador
~e3 c ~d3 B | cBcd edd2 | ecec dBdB | (3cBA BG EGD2 |
ecec dedB | cBcd ec d2 | ~g3 e dGBd | BA~AG EGD2 |
~e3 c dGB/2c/2d | cBcd e2 d2 | edce dcB/2c/2d | cABG (3EGE D2 |
ecec d^cdB | cBcd ec d2 | egfa gedB | cABG (3EGE D2 |
~A3 G BG~G2 | cBcd ~e2 d2 | eA~A2 BG~G2 |(3cBA ~AG EGD2 |
~A3 G BG~G2 | cBcd ~e2 d2 |1 ~g3 e dGBd | BA~AG EGD2 :|2 (3efg fa gedB | cABG (3EGE D2 |

Good Morning To Your Nightcap, X:6

Simplified version cobbled together from a few recordings.