The Whistling Postman reel

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

There are 34 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Chattering Magpie (a few times), Paddy O’Brien’s (a few times) and Richard Dwyer’s (a few times).

The Whistling Postman has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Whistling Postman has been added to 108 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

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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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||
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||
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||
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||
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 .
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||
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 |]
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||

Ten 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.