The Arkansas Traveler reel

Also known as Arkansas Traveller, I’m Bringing Home A Baby Bumblebee.

There are 16 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Turkey In The Straw (a few times) and The Wild Irishman (a few times).

The Arkansas Traveler has been added to 13 tune sets.

The Arkansas Traveler has been added to 175 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Arkansas Traveler
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B,C |: DFED B,2B,2 | A,2A,2 D4 | E2E2 F2F2 | DFED B,2A,2 |
DFED B,2B,2 | A,2A,2 D4 | dcdA BdAG |[1 FDEC D2B,C :|[2 FDEC D2fg ||
|: agfa gfeg | fedf edce | dcdf edeg |fedf e2fg |
agfa gfeg | fedf edce | dcdA BdAG |[1 FDEC D2fg :|[2 FDEC D2 |

Four comments

I used to play in a ceili band in Reading and shorltly after I joined I started playing this tune when warming up until I was politely asked not to. When I asked why I was told that the band had had two audience deaths during their time and both had occurred whilst this tune was being played.




Isn’t the first part of this tune used in a children’s song?

Yes. Something about a baby bumblebee.

Its a fun song, and The Chieftain’s version on Further Down the Old Plank Road is quite a good one. I have been trying to play it with their ornamentation for a while now.

Ah, that’s right…

Man, I hate when people use tunes for stuff like that, because I have a hard time appreciating them then…