The Bottom Of The Punchbowl reel

Also known as Bottom Of The Punch Bowl, The Bottom Of The Punch Bowl, The Punch Bowl.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Corn Riggs (a few times), The Rattlin’ Bog (a few times) and Tripping On The Mountain (a few times).

The Bottom Of The Punchbowl has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Bottom Of The Punchbowl has been added to 87 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Bottom Of The Punchbowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FE|D2d2 d3e|d2DE FGAF|E2e2 efgf|edcB AGFE|
D2d2 d3e|fedc d2A2|B2dB ABAG|F2D2 D2:|
|:de|fedB ABde|faef d3A|B2e2 e2de|f2e2 e2de|
fedB ABde|faef d3A|B2dB ABAG|F2D2 D2:|
X: 2
T: The Bottom Of The Punchbowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
I've changed the second last bar in each part from |B2dB AFEG| to the following: - |B2dB ABAG|.
X: 3
T: The Bottom Of The Punchbowl
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: FE | D2 D2 d3 e | d2 D2 FGAF | E2 e2 efgf | edcB AGFE |
D2 D2 d3 e | fedc d2 A2 | BcdB ABAG | F2 D2 D2 :|
|: de | fedB ABde | fedc d2 A2 | B2 e2 e2 de | f2 e2 e2 de |
fedB ABde | faef d2 A2 | BcdB ABAG | F2 D2 D2 :|

Eight comments

The Bottom Of The Punchbowl

This is a Scottish reel of the type that has lots of crotchets and three of these in succession ending each part (comparable tunes being "Flowers Of Edinburgh" and "The East Neuk Of Fife"). I first heard it played on the record "Fieldvole Music" by English melodeon player Tony Hall, very nicely and not particularly fast.
It’s occurred to me that the setting I’ve put down may not be the standard one, or the best. If I find it isn’t, I hope I’ll edit the ABC’s accordingly.

Irish musicians would play this as a barndance.

I’ve changed the second last bar in each part from |B2dB AFEG| to the following: - |B2dB ABAG|.

I agree with your changes for the 2nd to last bar.
Bar 1 and bar 5 in the ‘A’ music I have as: D2FA d2de |

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Bar 2 of the ‘B’ music I have as: | fedc e2A2 | leaving bar 6 as written by yourself.
I use this tune as the second in a a set with ‘Far From Home’ & ‘The Flowers of Edinburgh’
‘Bottom of the Punchbowl’ is also a good companion tune to play with ‘The Dashing white Seargent’ .

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Chords

Does anyone know a good arrangement of guitar chord for this tune?

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The Bottom Of The Punchbowl, X:3

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol (UK).