Paddy Taylor’s reel

Also known as McCabe’s, Paddy Taylors, Tripping Up The Stairs.

There are 59 recordings of this tune.

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Paddy Taylor’s has been added to 14 tune sets.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: Paddy Taylor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
FEDF ABAF | G~E3 dEcE | FEDF ABAF | GEcE EDD2 :||
K:D
Addc ~d3A | BeeA Beeg | fdec dBAB | cAGE FDD2 |
Addc ~d3A | (3Bcd ef ~g2fg | af (3gfe dBAB | cAGE FDD2 ||
F3G A2dG | (3GGG dG (3GGG dG | FEFG ABdB | cAGE FDD2 :||
2
X: 2
T: Paddy Taylor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
FAA GBB| FAd fed| ~c3 ABc| dfe dAG|
FAA GBB| FAd fed| ~c3 ABc| dfe d2||
3
X: 3
T: Paddy Taylor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FEDF A3F | GEcE dEcE | FEDF ABAF |1 GEcE EDD2 :|2 GEcE EDDB ||
Addc d3A | (3Bcd ef gfed | Addc dfed | =cAGE EDDB |
Addc d3A | (3Bcd ef g2fg | afge d2cA | (3Bcd AG FDDE ||
F3G A2dG | GGdG GBAG | FEFG Add=c | (3ABA GE EDD2 :||
4
X: 4
T: Paddy Taylor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FEDF A3F | GE=cE dE=cE| FEDF ABAF | GEcE ED D2 |
FEDF ABAF | GE E2 =cE E2 | FEDF ABAF | GEcE EDD2 ||
Addc d3A | Be e2 Be e2 | f2 ec d2 cA | (3Bcd AG FDD2 |
Addc d3A | (3Bcd ef g2fg | af (3gfe fdec | dBAG FDD2 ||
F3G A2dG | G2 dG G2 dG | FEFG A2 dc | A2 GE FDD2 :||
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5
X: 5
T: Paddy Taylor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FEDF ABAF | GE =cE dE=cE | FEDF ABAF | GE=cE EDD2 :||
d3c dfed | Beed efge | Addc dfed | cAGE EDD2 |
d3c dfed | (3Bcd ef g2fg | af ge d2 cA | BdAG FDD2 ||
F3G A2dG | (3GGG dG (3GGG dG | F3G A2d=c | ABGE EDD2 :||
6
X: 6
T: Paddy Taylor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:FEDF A2 AF|GEcE dEcE| FEDF A3F|GEcE ED D2:|
|Add^c d2ed|(3^cBA eA fAeA|Add^c d2ed|^cAGE ED D2|
Add^c d2ed|^cdef g2 fg|afge d2 ^cA|(3B^cd AG FD D2|
F3 G A2 dG|GGdG GGdG|F3 G AddB|AcGE ED D2|
F3 G A2 dG|GGdG eGdG|F3 G AddB|AcGE ED D2|

Eight comments

Paddy Taylor

Gluabers post of "Ah, Surely" reminded me of another great flute player - Paddy Taylor, this is one of his tunes. I like all of the Paddy Taylor tunes I’ve ever heard, but this is a truely great reel. The Highlight is that funky triplet sequence in the last few bars, that and the C nat C# toggling keeps you on the edge of your seat. I first heard this reel from Paddy Keenan, he gave me a copy of his CD & "Na Keen Affair" where Tommy Peoples does a great setting of it for a few times through than he’s joined by Keenan on the pipes. I was hooked on it, it is kind of a smarty pants tune & not too many people play it in my area but I’ve heard it’s a staple in Beantown.

Common ‘round here

…in SF Bay Area—everybody seems to play it. Known here simply as "Paddy Taylor’s."

Another tune commonly called "Tripping up Stairs" is:

FAA GBB| FAd fed| ~c3 ABc| dfe dAG| FAA GBB| FAd fed| ~c3 ABc| dfe d2…

It’s moved north now

This reel seems to have moved north from the San Francisco Bay area to our little corner of the Pacific Northwest. This is the setting we play, which is also very close to Martin O’Brien’s version on his "An Crann Carraige" CD.

X:1
T:Paddy Taylor’s
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:Gmaj
FEDF A3F | GEcE dEcE | FEDF ABAF |1 GEcE EDD2 :|2 GEcE EDDB ||
K:D
Addc d3A | (3Bcd ef gfed | Addc dfed | =cAGE EDDB |
Addc d3A | (3Bcd ef g2fg | afge d2cA | (3Bcd AG FDDE ||
F3G A2dG | GGdG GBAG | FEFG Add=c | (3ABA GE EDD2 :||

Re: Paddy Taylor’s

Just noticed that this is basically the same tune (minus the third part, and fudging the specific notes a bit) as “Repeal Of The Union”, O’Neill’s 1001 #459.

https://thesession.org/tunes/545

Re: Paddy Taylor’s

The B parts are different enough (but I admit that the A parts are similar enough, and as it happens, we once mixed up the two tunes).

Re: Paddy Taylor’s

Alan Kelly makes the claim in the sleeve notes of his CD "Mosaic" that this was a joint composition between Paddy Taylor and Martin Wynne. I have no way of knowing whether or not this is true, but this is the only place I have ever heard that claim.
I first heard this great reel played by Joe McKenna in Buncrana, Co. Donegal in 1976, when he was the Senior All-Ireland champion on uilleann pipes. I subsequently heard it paired with "The Four Courts" by "De Danann" in the late 1970s, here :
https://youtu.be/sR9ppZQUW8Y

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