The Basket Of Yarn reel

Also known as Red Bull.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

The Basket Of Yarn has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Basket Of Yarn has been added to 20 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Basket Of Yarn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
"G"DEGB AGED|"C"~c3 e "G"dBAB|"Am"c/B/A BG Agfg|1 "D7"ecAF "G"G3E:|2 "D7"ecAF G3c||
|:"G"Bd d2 Bdgf|"C"edeg "D7"aged|"G"Bdd^c "Em"dedB|"Am"c/B/A BG "D7"AGEG|
"G"Bd d2 Bdgf|"C"edeg "Am"a2 ga|1 "G"bgag "Em"edge|"Am"dBAB "D7"AG Ac:|2 "G"bgag "Em"gedg|"D7"ecAF "G"G3E||
X: 2
T: The Basket Of Yarn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DEGB AGED|c3e dBAB|(3cBA BG Agfg|1 ecAF G3E:|2 ecAF G3c||
|:Bd (3ddd Bdgf|edef aged|Bd (3ddd dedB|(3cBA BG AGEG|Bd (3ddd Bdgf|
edeg a2ga|1 (3bag ag edge|dBAB AGAc:|2 (3bag ag gedg|ecAF G3z||

Eight comments

Basket of Yarn

This is one of my own tunes, composed back around ’75. I just figured out how to make a live recording & upload it to the internet so you can listen to the tune:

If anyone gives it a listen, please let me know if the file is technically OK or not…



Hi, Randy!
The file is good, it sounds great! Thanks for posting the tune, I’ve always liked it. You should post your Tour of Scotland, that’s my all time favorite tune. By the way, I wanted to thank you. It was you and your brother’s recordings that got me into this type of music and contra dancing, and I love it so much! I can’t imagine what I used to do before this! 🙂

Hi Fiddlekit,

Thanks for checking the file. Glad you like the tune, and I will get Tour of Scotland up one of these days (I’ll let you know!). I love contra dancing and playing Irish tunes at dances - not all of them work for contras but the ones that do really seem to move the dancers. I’m looking forward to the NEFFA Festival this weekend.

v.nice, tune one i’ll be learning for sure!

The Red Bull

This tune was transcribed by Jack Perron/Rodney Miller and is from their Fiddlecase Books collection of Irish Traditional Fiddle Tunes. I tend to play the last couple of measures a little differently from this version, but wanted to give the actual notes as taken from the recording or musician who was the original source.

B: “Irish Traditional Fiddle Music” 2nd Edition, Randy Miller & Jack Perron, 2006

Which volume and what source musician?? I’ve got the original three volumes, 1974 - 1975, and this isn’t listed in any of them, but they do list all the source musicians for the transcriptions given. I’ve a later edition too, not there, but I haven’t the most recent reprint, which I gather has added tunes. Please tell us more, and, if you would, give us a transcription of your ways with it too…

Randy Miller’s website

Fiddlecase Books

“Irish Traditional Fiddle Music” 2nd Edition, Randy Miller & Jack Perron. 2006

The Basket of Yarn, aka The Red Bull

hi fidlfad and ceolachan. The Red Bull is a reel that I composed in the 1970s and included it in volume 3 of Irish Traditional Fiddle Music. The title came from a story that Boston fiddler Paddy Cronin told when I visited him one time, a story about a dangerous encounter with a red bull in a field near where he grew up in Co. Kerry. I recorded the tune in 1990 on my album “Lore of the Fingerboard” but changed the name to Basket of Yarn, and which is given above.

I included Basket of Yarn in my book, “The Fiddler’s Throne” (2004). This book, as well as Irish Traditional Fiddle Music Vols. 1-3 (new edition, 2006), are available online at my Fiddlecase Books website here:

best regards,
celticladda/Randy Miller

links to the above tune

Hi - just to let any readers know, there is a new link to Basket of Yarn and the above discussion: