The Tarbolton reel

Also known as Cooleen Bridge, Droiċead Na Cuilín, Droichead Na Ciulin, Droichead Na Cuilín, Hatton Burn, The High Cross, The Tarboltan, Tarbolten Lodge, Tarbolton Lodge, Tarbottal Lodge.

There are 90 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Sailor’s Bonnet (lots of times), The Longford Collector (lots of times), Bog An Lochan (a few times) and Cooley’s (a few times).

The Tarbolton has been added to 52 tune sets.

The Tarbolton has been added to 933 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Tarbolton
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
D|Eeed e2 BA|GBAF GFEF|Dddc d2 AF|GBAG FDDF|
Eeed efge|fedf edBA|GABG FGA=c|BGAF GE E :|
|gfef (3gfe be|gebe gfef|d2 fd adfd|ABAG FDDF|
(3GGG BG (3FFF AF|Eeef gfed|B2 dB AGFA|BGAF GE E :|
X: 2
T: The Tarbolton
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
a2 ge (3fed ed | =cA GE FD DE | ~F3G AB =cA | AA AA AA dA | EF FG AB =cA | GB AG FD D2 |
zE FG AB =cB | Ad dc de fg | af ge fd ed | =cA GE FD Dg | fd ed fd e=c | (3A=cA dc Ad de |
(3=fed ed (3fed ed | =cA GE FD Dg | fd de fd e=c | AB =cA de fg | (3agf (3gfe (3fed (3ed=c |
d=c AG FD Dg | (3fgf eg fd e=c | AB =cA AA de | (3=fed ed (3fed ed | =cA GE FD (3DDD |
fd de fd e=c | A=c2A de fg | (3agf ge fd ed | =cA GE FD De |: f2 fd e=c AG | FD (3EFG Ad =cA |
GG (3EFG Ad de | fd ed (3Bcd eg | fd (3ddd fd AG |1 FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc |
(3A=cA GE FD De :|2 f2 fd e=c AG | (3FED (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad de | fd ed (3Bcd eg |
fd (3ddd fd AG | FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | (3A=cA GE FD Df | a2 af de fg |
a2 af de fa | b2 ab ef gb | ef gb ef gb | a2 af de fg | a2 af de fa | ag gf fe fd |
(3Bcd AG FD Df | a2 af de fg | a2 af de fa | b2 ab ef gb | ef gb ef gb | a2 af de fg |
a2 af de fa | ag gf fe fd | (3Bcd AG FD (3eee | =f3d e=c AG | FD (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad de |
fd ed (3Bcd eg | fd (3ddd fd AG | FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | (3A=cA GE FD De |
f2 fd e=c AG | (3FED (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad de | fd ed (3Bcd eg | fd ed fd AG |
FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | AB GE FD Df | a2 af de fg | a2 af de fa | b2 ab ef gb |
ef gb ef gb | a2 af de fg | a2 af de fa | ag gf fe (3fed | (3Bcd AG FD DD | a2 ~a3 a a2 |
aa fa de fa | b2 ab ef gb | ef gb ef gb | a2 af de fg | ab fa de fa | b^g af =ge fd |
(3B=cd AG FD DA | Be eB e2 BA | GB Af gf eg | fd eA dB AF | GB AG FD DA | B3d ef ge |
fd df ed BA | GB AG (3EFG A=c | (3BAG GF GE EE | Be ee e2 BA | GB Af gf eg | fd eA dB AF |
GB AG FD DA | B3d ef ge | fd df ed BA | GB AG (3EFG A=c | (3BAG GF GE EE | gf ef ge be |
ge be gf ef | d2 fd Ad fd | Ad AG FD EF | G3A F3A | e3f gf ed | =c3B AB FA | (3B=cd (3AGF GE EE |
gf ef ge be | ge be gf e^g | ^ga (3=gfe (3fed (3edc | dB AG FD EF | GB AG FA GF |
ge ef gf ed | ed =cB AB FA | (3B=cd (3AGF GE EB | e2 ee e2 BA | GB Af gf eg | fd eA dB AF |
GB AG FD DA | BB Bd ef ge | fd df ed BA | GB AG (3EFG A=c | (3BAG GF GE EE | Be eB ed BA |
GB Af gf eg | fd eA dB AF | GB AG FD DA | Be eB ef ge | fd df ed BA | GB AG (3EFG A=c |
X: 3
T: The Tarbolton
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
a2 ge (3fed ed | =cA GE FD DE | ~F3G AB =cA | AA AA AA dA | EF FG AB =cA | GB AG FD (D2 |
D)E FG AB =cB | Ad dc de fg | af ge fd ed | =cA GE FD Dg | fd ed fd e=c | (3AcA dc Ad de |
(3=fed ed (3fed ed | =cA GE FD Dg | fd de fd e=c | AB =cA de fg | (3agf (3gfe (3fed (3ed=c |
d=c AG FD Dg | (3fgf eg fd e=c | AB =cA AA de | (3=fed ed (3fed ed | =cA GE FD (3DDD |
fd de fd e=c | A=c2A de fg | (3agf ge fd ed | =cA GE FD De | f2 fd e=c AG | FD (3EFG Ad =cA |
GG (3EFG Ad de | fd ed (3Bcd eg | fd (3ddd fd AG | FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc |
(3AcA GE FD De | f2 fd e=c AG | (3FED (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad de | fd ed (3Bcd eg |
fd (3ddd fd AG | FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | (3AcA GE FD Df | a2 (3faf de fg |
a2 (3faf de fa | b2 ab ef gb | ef gb ef gb | a2 (3faf de fg | a2 (3faf de fa | ag gf fe fd |
X: 4
T: The Tarbolton
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
(3Bcd AG FD Df | aa (3faf de fg | aa (3faf de fa | b2 ab ef gb | ef gb ef gb | aa (3faf de fg |
aa (3faf de fa | ag gf fe fd | (3Bcd AG FD (3eee | =f3d e=c AG | FD (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad de |
fd ed (3Bcd eg | fd (3ddd fd AG | FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | (3AcA GE FD De |
f2 fd e=c AG | (3FED (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad de | fd ed (3Bcd eg | fd ed fd AG |
(3FED (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | AB GE FD Df | a2 (3faf de fg | aa (3faf de fa | b2 ab ef gb |
ef gb ef gb | aa (3faf de fg | aa (3faf de fa | ag gf fe (3fed | (3Bcd AG FD DD | a2 ~a3 a aa |
aa fa de fa | b2 ab ef gb | ef gb ef gb | ab af de fg | ab fa de fa | b^g af =ge fd |
(3B=cd AG FD DA | Be eB e2 BA | GB Af gf eg | fd eA dB AF | GB AG FD DA | B3d ef ge |
fd df ed BA | GB AG (3EFG A=c | (3BAG GF GE EE | Be ee e2 BA | GB Af gf eg | fd eA dB AF |
GB AG FD DA | B3d ef ge | fd df ed BA | GB AG (3EFG A=c | (3BAG GF GE EE | gf ef ge be |
ge be gf ef | d2 fd Ad fd | Ad AG FD EF | G3A F3A | e3f gf ed | =c3B AB FA | (3B=cd (3AGF GE EE |
gf ef ge be | ge be gf e^g | ^ga (3=gfe (3fed (3edc | dB AG FD EF | GB AG FA GF |
X: 5
T: The Tarbolton
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
A|Beed e2 BA|GBAF GE E2|Addc d2 AG|FGAG FDFA|
Beed e3f|(3gfe fd edBA|GB B2 FA A2|(3BAG AF GE E2 :|
|g2 ef (3gfe be|(3gfe be gfef|d3e fefg |afdf gfed|
B2 GB A2 GA|Beef gfed|B2 BG A2 GA|(3BAG AF GE E2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Tarbolton
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:"Em"Ee e/e/d e2 BA|"Em"GBAG FGFE|"D"Dd d/d/c d2 AG|"D"FDAG FDDF|
"Em"EB e/e/d efge|"D"fedf "Em"e2 BA|"Em"GBAG "D"FGA=c|"D"BGAF "Em"GE E2:|
|:"Em"gfef g/g/f be|"Em"g/g/f be gfef|"D"d/d/d fd Adfd|"D"ABAG FDDF|
"Em"G/G/G BG "D"F/F/F AF|"Em"E2 ef gfed|"Em"B/B/B dB AGFA|"D"BGAF "Em"GE E2:|
X: 7
T: The Tarbolton
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
z6 D^D |: EB eB ed BA | GB AF GF ED | DA dA dA GF | GB AF GF D^D |
EB eB ef ge |fe df ed BA | G2 BG FG A=c |1 BG AF GE ED :|2 BG AF GE E2 |:
|ef ge be ge | be gf e4 |(3ddd fd ad fd | fg fe dB AF |
G2 BG FG AF | E2 ef gf ed | B2 =cB AG A=c | BG AF GE E2 :|

Twenty-eight comments

Mighty Tune

This is often played as a set
Tarbolton/The Longford Collector/The Sailor’s Bonnet
Michael Coleman recorded this then the Bothy Band recorded a take of it - cementing these three tunes together forever.
Anywho those three tunes are all great on their own as well. This is also known as The Tarbolton Lodge, judging by the name it’s originally Scottish (I Guess) but now it’s Irish as Boxty. I like this tune because it’s not all arpegio’s & not very repetitive, it’s got a flowing melody that’s rock solid.
I’ll post the rest of the reels in due time.

tarbolton lodge is found can the athole collection of scottish fiddle tunes….and no doubt a few other collections

Chieftains 7

There’s a great version of this tune on track 1 of the Cheiftains 7. It simply sounds magical.

Tarbolton

Johnny Doran and John Kelly played a smoking version on "The Bunch of Keys."

Doran

yes, doran and kelly did a good rendition that was followed up by fermoy lasses

Spillane

this set can also be heard by davy spillane’s "one day in june" on his shadow hunter album. his variation deviates a lot from the tune at times but nethertheless it is great hearing.

Cooleen Bridge

Under this name it appears in O’Neill’s 1001.
Fiddler Johnny Allen, County Clare, gave this tune and “The Maids of Feakle” to O’Neill when the latter was visiting in the area. (source: Gearóid Ó hAllmhuráin, 1999)

The Blue Book and The Orange Book

In these books the tunes are arranged in sets. The tunes are played at a very pleasant speed making learning them easy and enjoyable. I would recommend these two books and accompanying CD’s as the first books to buy for anyone who is serious about Irish music. It has taken me four years to stumble upon them. I could of saved a lot of time and aggravation if I had known of them. The Blue and Orange books are a must!

Blue and Orange Books

I neglected to say that Tarbolton,Longford Collector and Sailor’s Bonnet is a set in the Blue Book.

How do you pronounce this?

is the accent on the first or second syllable?

Second syllable as far as I know.

Missing note

What note is missing at the beginning of the B part?

f#. At least, that’s how Buddy MacMaster and I both play it, and I’m sure we can’t both be wrong.

Davy Spillane’s "One Day in June" set consists of —
My Love is in America / The Galway High / Tarbolton / The Longford Collector / The Sailor’s Bonnet

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How do you pronounce this? If anyone’s still interested…

The village of Tarbolton in East Ayrshire, near which the Lodge was situated (the closest thing now is a caravan park with "pet friendly lodges"!) is locally pronounced Tar-BOW-ton with bow as in the front of a ship, not a bow tie. The inhabitants of the big house probably said "bol", but the stress is still on the second syllable.

One day in june “Shadow hunter” David Spillane Tarbolton - Longford tinker - Sailor´s bonnet

T:Onde day in june "Shadow hunter" Davy Spillane
C:Traditional (transcribed by M.Novo)
L:1/8
Q:174
M:4/4
K:D
zE | FE FG AB =cA | Ad d=c Ad d2 | FE FG AB =cA | ~G3 E FD DE | FF FG AB =cB | Ad dc de fg | \
a2 ge (3fed ed | =cA GE FD DE | ~F3G AB =cA | AA AA AA dA | EF FG AB =cA | GB AG FD D2 | \
zE FG AB =cB | Ad dc de fg | af ge fd ed | =cA GE FD Dg | fd ed fd e=c | (3A=cA dc Ad de | \
(3=fed ed (3fed ed | =cA GE FD Dg | fd de fd e=c | AB =cA de fg | (3agf (3gfe (3fed (3ed=c | \
d=c AG FD Dg | (3fgf eg fd e=c | AB =cA AA de | (3=fed ed (3fed ed | =cA GE FD (3DDD | \
fd de fd e=c | A=c2A de fg | (3agf ge fd ed | =cA GE FD De |: f2 fd e=c AG | FD (3EFG Ad =cA | \
GG (3EFG Ad de | fd ed (3Bcd eg | fd (3ddd fd AG |1 FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | \
(3A=cA GE FD De :|2 f2 fd e=c AG | (3FED (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad de | fd ed (3Bcd eg | \
fd (3ddd fd AG | FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | (3A=cA GE FD Df | a2 af de fg | \
a2 af de fa | b2 ab ef gb | ef gb ef gb | a2 af de fg | a2 af de fa | ag gf fe fd | \
(3Bcd AG FD Df | a2 af de fg | a2 af de fa | b2 ab ef gb | ef gb ef gb | a2 af de fg | \
a2 af de fa | ag gf fe fd | (3Bcd AG FD (3eee | =f3d e=c AG | FD (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad de | \
fd ed (3Bcd eg | fd (3ddd fd AG | FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | (3A=cA GE FD De | \
f2 fd e=c AG | (3FED (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad de | fd ed (3Bcd eg | fd ed fd AG | \
FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | AB GE FD Df | a2 af de fg | a2 af de fa | b2 ab ef gb | \
ef gb ef gb | a2 af de fg | a2 af de fa | ag gf fe (3fed | (3Bcd AG FD DD | a2 ~a3 a a2 | \
aa fa de fa | b2 ab ef gb | ef gb ef gb | a2 af de fg | ab fa de fa | b^g af =ge fd | \
(3B=cd AG FD DA | Be eB e2 BA | GB Af gf eg | fd eA dB AF | GB AG FD DA | B3d ef ge | \
fd df ed BA | GB AG (3EFG A=c | (3BAG GF GE EE | Be ee e2 BA | GB Af gf eg | fd eA dB AF | \
GB AG FD DA | B3d ef ge | fd df ed BA | GB AG (3EFG A=c | (3BAG GF GE EE | gf ef ge be | \
ge be gf ef | d2 fd Ad fd | Ad AG FD EF | G3A F3A | e3f gf ed | =c3B AB FA | (3B=cd (3AGF GE EE | \
gf ef ge be | ge be gf e^g | ^ga (3=gfe (3fed (3edc | dB AG FD EF | GB AG FA GF | \
ge ef gf ed | ed =cB AB FA | (3B=cd (3AGF GE EB | e2 ee e2 BA | GB Af gf eg | fd eA dB AF | \
GB AG FD DA | BB Bd ef ge | fd df ed BA | GB AG (3EFG A=c | (3BAG GF GE EE | Be eB ed BA | \
GB Af gf eg | fd eA dB AF | GB AG FD DA | Be eB ef ge | fd df ed BA | GB AG (3EFG A=c | \

1

X:1
T:Onde day in june "Shadow hunter" Davy Spillane
C:Traditional (transcribed by M.Novo)
L:1/8
Q:174
M:4/4
K:D
zE | FE FG AB =cA | Ad d=c Ad dz | FE FG AB =cA | ~G3 E FD DE | FF FG AB =cB | Ad dc de fg |
a2 ge (3fed ed | =cA GE FD DE | ~F3G AB =cA | AA AA AA dA | EF FG AB =cA | GB AG FD (D2 |
D)E FG AB =cB | Ad dc de fg | af ge fd ed | =cA GE FD Dg | fd ed fd e=c | (3AcA dc Ad de |
(3=fed ed (3fed ed | =cA GE FD Dg | fd de fd e=c | AB =cA de fg | (3agf (3gfe (3fed (3ed=c |
d=c AG FD Dg | (3fgf eg fd e=c | AB =cA AA de | (3=fed ed (3fed ed | =cA GE FD (3DDD |
fd de fd e=c | A=c2A de fg | (3agf ge fd ed | =cA GE FD De | f2 fd e=c AG | FD (3EFG Ad =cA |
GG (3EFG Ad de | fd ed (3Bcd eg | fd (3ddd fd AG | FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc |
(3AcA GE FD De | f2 fd e=c AG | (3FED (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad de | fd ed (3Bcd eg |
fd (3ddd fd AG | FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | (3AcA GE FD Df | a2 (3faf de fg |
a2 (3faf de fa | b2 ab ef gb | ef gb ef gb | a2 (3faf de fg | a2 (3faf de fa | ag gf fe fd |

2

(3Bcd AG FD Df | aa (3faf de fg | aa (3faf de fa | b2 ab ef gb | ef gb ef gb | aa (3faf de fg |
aa (3faf de fa | ag gf fe fd | (3Bcd AG FD (3eee | =f3d e=c AG | FD (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad de |
fd ed (3Bcd eg | fd (3ddd fd AG | FD (3DDD Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | (3AcA GE FD De |
f2 fd e=c AG | (3FED (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad de | fd ed (3Bcd eg | fd ed fd AG |
(3FED (3EFG Ad =cA | GG (3EFG Ad dc | AB GE FD Df | a2 (3faf de fg | aa (3faf de fa | b2 ab ef gb |
ef gb ef gb | aa (3faf de fg | aa (3faf de fa | ag gf fe (3fed | (3Bcd AG FD DD | a2 ~a3 a aa |
aa fa de fa | b2 ab ef gb | ef gb ef gb | ab af de fg | ab fa de fa | b^g af =ge fd |
(3B=cd AG FD DA | Be eB e2 BA | GB Af gf eg | fd eA dB AF | GB AG FD DA | B3d ef ge |
fd df ed BA | GB AG (3EFG A=c | (3BAG GF GE EE | Be ee e2 BA | GB Af gf eg | fd eA dB AF |
GB AG FD DA | B3d ef ge | fd df ed BA | GB AG (3EFG A=c | (3BAG GF GE EE | gf ef ge be |
ge be gf ef | d2 fd Ad fd | Ad AG FD EF | G3A F3A | e3f gf ed | =c3B AB FA | (3B=cd (3AGF GE EE |
gf ef ge be | ge be gf e^g | ^ga (3=gfe (3fed (3edc | dB AG FD EF | GB AG FA GF |

A valiant effort MN, but what a mess… :-/ I’d go back to the drawing board, like learning a bit more about notation in general, and ABC notation specifically, as well as retuning your ears and giving Spillane a closer listen, several. You could then run your next attempt past one of us here, even in discussion, and seek a bit of help, please, before you add anything more here…

Wishing you the best - ‘c’

:-p

Oh no, you’ve been laying it on thick elsewhere as well… P-l-e-a-s-e - learn ABC notation before you do anymore, learn the basics for starters, like laying out the tune in 4 bar measures, grouping the notes in the usual fashion for the various time signatures, AND - using the headers too, out of respect for the music and those who might stumble across your attempts…

Finbar’s version

I learnt this version from an LP I bought many years ago of Finbar Furey.

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Tarbolton Lodge

‘Lodge’ refers to a Masonic Lodge, in this case the branch set up by Robert Burns in the Tarbolton Bachelor’s Club. The building is still there, open to the public and containing many original artefacts. Run by knowledgeable guides and you get the run of the place as, in my experience, you’ll be the only one there.

The Tarbolton, X:7

I learned this tune in the early 70s from The Dayhills. I sat in with them occasionally while they were in St. Paul, MN. They spent about half the year there and the rest in Ireland. Always loved their version and I still play it.