The Top Of The Stairs reel

By Liz Carroll

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The Top Of The Stairs has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Top Of The Stairs has been added to 43 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Top Of The Stairs
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|d2 dB c2 BA|GB B2 AGEF|GEED EGce|dBGB A2 Bc|
dgdB c2 BA|GB B2 AGEF|GEED EGce|1 dBAB GABc:|2 dBAB G4||
G,2 G,B, D2 GE|=F2 CF A,FCA,|G,2 G,B, D2 GD|FGAc BG G2|
edce dBGB|cA=FA c2 dc|BGGF GEDE|1 =FDCF DG G2:|2 =FDCF DGG^F||
Ge e2 ge e2|=fe e2 c2 ec|d2 (3ddd dege|dBAB G2 Bd|
egec dedB|(3cBA BG AGEF|GEED EGce|1 dBAB G2 GF:|2 dBAB G4||
# Added by Kenny .
2
X: 2
T: The Top Of The Stairs
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e2 ec d2 cB|Ac c2 BAFG|AFFE FAdf|ecAc B2 cd|
eaec d2 cB|Ac c2 BAFG|AFFE FAdf|ecBc A4:|
A,2 A,C E2 AF|=G2 DG B,G DB,|A,2 A,C E2 AE|GABd cA A2|
fedf ecAc|dB=GB d2 ed|cAAG AFEF|1 =GEDF EA A2:|2 =GEDF EAA^G||
Af f2 af f2|=gf f2 d2 fd|e2 (3eee efaf|ecBc A2 ce|
fafd efec|(3dcB cA BAFG|AFFE FAdf|1 ecBc A2 AG:|2 ecBc A4||
# Added by Kenny .
3
X: 3
T: The Top Of The Stairs
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e2 ec d2 cB|Ac c2 BAFG|AFFE FAdf|ecAc B2 cd|
eaec d2 cB|Ac c2 BAFG|AFFE FAdf|ecBc A4:|
A,2 A,C E2 AF|=G2 DG B,G DB,|A,2 A,C E2 AE|GABd cA A2|
fedf ecAc|dB=GB d2 ed|cAAG AFEF|1 =GEDF EA A2:|2 =GEDF EAA^G||
Af f2 af f2|=gf f2 d2 fd|e2 (3eee efaf|ecBc A2 ce|fafd efec|(3
dcB cA BAFG|AFFE FAdf|1 ecBc A2 AG:|2 ecBc A4||

Five comments

The Top Of The Stairs

This is the 2nd Liz Carroll reel as played by Mick Moloney on his “Strings Attached” recording. The first of the 2 reels, along with comments which apply to this tune as well, can be found here:

“Top Of The Stairs” in “A”.

e2 ec d2 cB | Ac c2 BAFG | AFFE FAdf | ecAc B2 cd | eaec d2 cB | Ac c2 B
AFG | AFFE FAdf | ecBc A4 :|
A,2 A,C E2 AF | =G2 DG B,G DB, | A,2 A,C E2 AE | GABd cA A2 | fedf ec
Ac | dB=GB d2 ed | cAAG AFEF |1 =GEDF EA A2 :|2 =GEDF EAA^G |
Af f2 af f2 | =gf f2 d2 fd | e2 (3eee efaf | ecBc A2 ce | fafd efec | (3
dcB cA BAFG | AFFE FAdf |1 ecBc A2 AG :|2 ecBc A4 |

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Joanie Madden played this tune last time she was out our way, and she said Liz composed this on a button box, of all things, just noodling around while sitting at the top of the stairs in her home.

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I think I had read that story somewhere , Will. A perfectly acceptable place to “noodle”, and would that all “noodling” should lead to such a good tune.

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