Pay The Girl Her Fourpence reel

Also known as Give The Girl Her Four Pence, Give The Girl Her Fourpence, Give The Lady Her Fourpence, Pay The Girl Her Four Pence, Ril Na Drithleog.

There are 11 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Piper’s Despair (a few times).

Pay The Girl Her Fourpence has been added to 3 tune sets.

Pay The Girl Her Fourpence has been added to 46 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Pay The Girl Her Fourpence
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ge|:dB (3BcB dBGB|dBGB (3gag fe|dB (3BcB dBGB|ge (3fed eage|
dB (3BcB dBGB|d2 dB dega|bagb agfa|1gefd eage:|2gefd e2ef||
g2bg faaf|gef/e/d edBd|g2bg faaf|gefd edef|
gbbg fg a/g/f|gefd edfa|g2ge fefg|1afdf e2ef:|2afdf e4||
X: 2
T: Pay The Girl Her Fourpence
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dB B2 dBGB | dB({d}BA) Bdge | d(B ~B2) dBG(B | cB)ce agfe |
d(B ~B2) dBG(A | BA)B(d gf)ga | bagb agf(a |[1 gf)ga ba :|[2 gfed Bee(f ||
g2)bg fga(f | ga)fg edBd | g/g/g bg (fg)af | ({a}g)fed Bee(f | g2) bg fga(f |
ga)fg edBd | (gfg)a bga(f |[1{a}gf)ed Bee(f :|[2{a}gf)ed Bd |]
X: 3
T: Pay The Girl Her Fourpence
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dB B2 dBGB | dBBA Bdge | dB B2 dBGB | cBce agfe |
dB B2 dBGA | BABd gfga | bagb agfa |[1 gfga ba :|[2 gfed Beef ||
g2 bg fgaf | gafg edBd | g/g/g bg fgaf | gfed Beef |
g2 bg fgaf | gafg edBd | gfga bga(f |[1gfed Beef :|[2 gfed Bd |]

Five comments

Pay the Girl her Fourpence

Dan Herlihy got it from the playing of Paddy Cronin who lifted it from one of the O’Neill collections.

A not uncommon session tune here in Oz. Trouble In The Kitchen recorded it as "Give The Girl Her Fourpence". I presume they got it from the Solas album.

I think I’ve heard West Galway versions of this played in D.

“Ril Na Drithleog” / “Pay the Girl her Fourpence” ~ rescued duplication

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on November 15th 2008 by sonofrobert.
~ /tunes/9086

X: 2
T: Ril Na Drithleog
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
|: ge |\
dB B2 dBGB | dB({d}BA) Bdge | d(B ~B2) dBG(B | cB)ce agfe |
d(B ~B2) dBG(A | BA)B(d gf)ga | bagb agf(a |[1 gf)ga ba :|[2 gfed Bee(f ||
g2)bg fga(f | ga)fg edBd | g/g/g bg (fg)af | ({a}g)fed Bee(f | g2) bg fga(f |
ga)fg edBd | (gfg)a bga(f |[1{a}gf)ed Bee(f :|[2{a}gf)ed Bd |]

Another James Byrne Classic

The Reel of Sparks from "Road to Glenlough". Rough bow markings included. You really can hear the sparks fly on this one, although one of the many things I admire about James Byrne is that nothing ever seems rushed. May his music live on.

# Posted on November 15th 2008 by sonofrobert

I’m giving Google’s Chrome a go, but it has some curious differences I haven’t yet gotten used to. The following is just a minor readjustment to 4 bar lines, the usual to show relationships and agreement. For some reason the cut-n-paste missed this above… But, as I’m repeating, to avoid that completely, I’ve simplified the transcript this time. :-/

X: 2
T: Ril Na Drithleog
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
|: ge |\
dB B2 dBGB | dBBA Bdge | dB B2 dBGB | cBce agfe |
dB B2 dBGA | BABd gfga | bagb agfa |[1 gfga ba :|[2 gfed Beef ||
g2 bg fgaf | gafg edBd | g/g/g bg fgaf | gfed Beef |
g2 bg fgaf | gafg edBd | gfga bga(f |[1gfed Beef :|[2 gfed Bd |]