The Whistling Postman reel

Also known as Connelly’s, Connolly’s, Gallagher, Gallagher#.

There are 36 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Whistling Postman appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Whistling Postman has been added to 6 tune sets.

The Whistling Postman has been added to 119 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

1
X: 1
T: The Whistling Postman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
ag|:fd (3ddd edge|dBAF E2 FE|(3DED FD ADFD|ABdf g2 ag|
|fd (3ddd edge|dBAF EGFE|(3DED FA defd|1 edBc d2 ag:|2 edBc d2 Ad||
|:fedc dfaf|bfaf gfef|dfaf g2 bg|afdf (3efe de|
|1 f2 dc dfaf|bfaf gfeg|fdAG FAdf|edBc d2 Ad:|
|2 a2 ^gb afdf|gefd edBc|dBAG FAdf|edBc d2 |
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2
X: 2
T: The Whistling Postman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fd ~d2 edef|dBAF EAFE|DEED FAAB|defdgdag|
fd ~d2 edef|dBAF EAFE|DEED FAdf| edBc d2 de:||
fd~d2 dfaf|bfaf gfef|dfaf g2 fg|afdf efde|
fd~d2 dfaf|bfaf gfef|dBAF ABdf|edBc d2 de|
fd~d2 dfaf|bfaf gfef|dfaf g2 fg|afdf e2fg|
a3^g afdf|gefd edBc|dBAF ABdf|edBc d2 de||
3
X: 3
T: The Whistling Postman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fd ~d2 e2fe|dBAF EGFE|DE F/E/D AGFA|defd ~g4|
~f3de2 fe|dBAF EGFE|DE F/E/D FAdf|1 edBc d2 ag:|2 edBc d3e||
fd~d2 B/c/d fa|bfaf gfef|dfaf g2 fg|afdf ~e4|
fd~d2 B/c/d fa|bfaf gfef|dBAF ABdf|edBc d3e|
fd~d2 B/c/d fa|bfaf gfef|dfaf g2 fg|afdf ~e4|
~a3b afdf|g2fg edBc|dBAF ABdf|edBc d2ag||
4
X: 4
T: The Whistling Postman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:e|fddf edef|dBAF EGFE|DEFD FA~A2|ABdf g2ag|
fddf edef|dBAF EGFE|DEFA Bcdf|edBc d3:|
e|fddc dfaf|bfaf gfef|dfaf g2fg|afdf e2de|
fddc dfaf|bfaf gfef|dBAF ABdf|edBc d3e|
fddc dfaf|bfaf gfef|dfaf g2fg|afdf e2fg|
~a3b afdf|g2fg edBc|dBAF ABdf|edBc d3||
5
X: 5
T: The Whistling Postman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:e|fd~d2 edBc|dBAF EGFE|~D3F AF~F2|ABdf g2ag|
fd~d2 edBc|dBAF EGFE|D2ED FAdf|eABc d3:|
e|fddc dfaf|bfaf gfef|dfaf ~g3b|afdf e2de|
fddc dfaf|bfaf gfef|d2AG FAdf|eABc d3e|
fddc dfaf|bfaf gfef|dfaf ~g3b|afdf e2fg|
~a3b afdf|gefd edBc|d2AG FAdf|eABc d3||
6
X: 6
T: The Whistling Postman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f2df edBc|dBAF EGFE|DF~F2 AF~F2|ABdf g2ag|
f2df edBc|dBAF EGFE|DF F2 ABdf|edBc d3e:|
|fddc dfaf|bfaf gfef|dfaf ~g3b|afdf e2de|
fddc dfaf|bfaf gfef|dBAF ABdf|edBc d3e|
fddc dfaf|bfaf gfef|dfaf ~g3b| afdf e2fg|
~a3b afdf|gefd edBc|dB~B2 ABdf|edBc d3e||
# Added by Ralex .
7
X: 7
T: The Whistling Postman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fd~d2 edef|dBAF EDEF|D2 (3FED AD (3FED|defd ge ag|
fd~d2 eB~B2|dBAF EAFE|D2FA dcdf|edBc d2de:|
fd~d2 dfaf|bfaf gfec|dfaf ~g2gb|afdf e2de|
fd~d2 dfaf|bfaf gfec|dBAF ABdf|edef d2de|
fd~d2 dfaf|bfaf gfec|dfaf ~g2gb|afdf e2fg|
~a2ab afdf|gfgf edBc|dBAF ABdf|edef d2de||
8
X: 8
T: The Whistling Postman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fd ~d2 edef|dBAF ~E3 F|~D2 FD AGFA|defd g2 ag|
fd ~d2 edef|dBAF ~E3F|~D2 F~A3 f|1 eABc d2 z2:|2 edBc d2 Ad||
fddc dfaf|bfaf gfec|dfaf g3 b|afdf e2 de|
f2 dc dfaf|bfaf gfec|dBAG FAdf|eABc dcde||
fddc dfaf|bfaf gfec|dfaf g3 b|afdf e2 fg|
~a3 a afdf|gefd edBc|dBAG FAdf|eABc d4 |]
9
X: 9
T: The Whistling Postman
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:de |fd ~d2 e^def|dBAF (3EFG FE|D2FD ADFA|~e3f gbag|
fd ~d2 edef|dBAF (3EFG FE|DF ~F2 ADFd| edBc d2:||
|:(3fed dc dfaf|bfaf gfef|dfaf gfgb|afdf e2de|
|1 fd~d2 dfaf|bfaf gfef|dBAG (3FGA df|edBc d2 de:|
|2 a2bf afef|efdf edBe|dBAF ABdf|eABc d4||

Eleven comments

The Whistling Postman

There are other tunes by this name, but this one fits the title well…a rambling high-noted airy reel, sure to catch every dog’s attention.

J. Neill, let me know if this is the one you were looking for. I learned this off a bootleg session tape of an accordion player leading the charge. Not too fast, lots of bounce.

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John Carty’s version

On his Shanachie CD Last Night’s Fun John Carty plays a pleasing setting in the key of A. Carty is a master of the rare art of subtly varying a tune without losing its essential character.

Whistling Postman

Here’s the version Declan Payne plays on the Border Collies CD.

X: 2
T: Whistling Postman
S: Declan Payne
Z: Jack Gilder
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
fd ~d2 edef|dBAF EAFE|DEED FAAB|defdgdag|
fd ~d2 edef|dBAF EAFE|DEED FAdf| edBc d2 de:||
fd~d2 dfaf|bfaf gfef|dfaf g2 fg|afdf efde|
fd~d2 dfaf|bfaf gfef|dBAF ABdf|edBc d2 de|
fd~d2 dfaf|bfaf gfef|dfaf g2 fg|afdf e2fg|
a3^g afdf|gefd edBc|dBAF ABdf|edBc d2 de||

Whistling Postman

Here’s more or less the way Jimmy Noonan plays it on The Maple Leaf CD.

X: 2
T: Whistling Postman, The
S: Jimmy Noonan
Z: Jack Gilder
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
fd ~d2 e2fe|dBAF EGFE|DE F/E/D AGFA|defd ~g4|
~f3de2 fe|dBAF EGFE|DE F/E/D FAdf|1 edBc d2 ag:|2 edBc d3e||
fd~d2 B/c/d fa|bfaf gfef|dfaf g2 fg|afdf ~e4|
fd~d2 B/c/d fa|bfaf gfef|dBAF ABdf|edBc d3e|
fd~d2 B/c/d fa|bfaf gfef|dfaf g2 fg|afdf ~e4|
~a3b afdf|g2fg edBc|dBAF ABdf|edBc d2ag||

the first part kinda makes me think of Bonny Kate.. an echo…

The Whistling Postman, X:9

This setting from box and fiddle player Eamon Flynn of Mountcollins, Co. Limerick.

Played by Seamus Connolly

from 2’22 https://www.rte.ie/radio/utils/radioplayer/rteradioweb.html#!rii=b17%5F20203461%5F1710%5F16%2D05%2D2013%5F
The playing list* identifies this, and the following reel**, as "Ed Reavy’s reels". Could it be one of Ed’s compositions (I haven’t his book), as opposed to the Vincent McGrath claiming his uncle to be the composer ?
*https://www.rte.ie/rnag/ceol-binn-o-na-beanna/programmes/2013/0516/450778-ceol-binn-na-beanna-dardaoin-16-bealtaine-2013/
**The Shoemaker’s Daughter is attributed to Ed Reavy