The Jolly Pigeons reel

Also known as The Jolly Pigeon.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Jolly Pigeons has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Jolly Pigeons
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
EFGA BE E2 | B3 A B2 dB | AF F2 DF F2 | AdBF AFED |
EFGA BE E2 | B3 A B2 de | fedB AFDF | BAFE D4 :|
Beed e2 ge | fedA Bdde | fede f3 e | fedB BA A2 |
Beed e2 ge | fedA Bdde | fedB AFDF | BAFE D4 :|
# Added by Kenny .
2
X: 2
T: The Jolly Pigeons
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
EFGA B ~E3 | ~B3 A ~B2 dB | A ~F3 D ~F3 | AFdB ADFD |
EFGA BE E/E/E | B/c/B Ac ~B2 de | f/g/f eB d2 AF | BFAF E3 :|
Bee^d ~e2 ge | ~f2 e/d/A Bd-de | feBe f ~e3 | fedB BAFA |
Be e/e/e ~e2 g/f/e | fedA Bd d/d/d | f/e/d Bd AFDF | BFAF E3 :|
3
X: 3
T: The Jolly Pigeons
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
EFGA Bded|~B3A BcdB|AF~F2 DF~F2|AFBF AFGF|
EFGA Bded|~B3A Bcde|fedB AF~F2|BFAF DFAF:|
|:Beed e2de|fedc Bcde|f2de fgag|fedc BAFA|
Beed e2de|fedc Bcde|fedB AF~F2|BFAF DFAF:|
4
X: 4
T: The Jolly Pigeons
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
DEGA BEED|DBBA Bcd2|AF~F2 DF~F2|AdBF AFEF|
DEGA BEED|DBBA Bcde|f2ef dBAB|dBAF E3z:|
|:Beed e2ae|fedA Bdd2|fede ~f3e|fedA BA~A2|
Beed e2ae|fedA Bcde|f2ef dBAB|dBAF E3z:|

Fourteen comments

Will comment later. Enjoy the Christmas break !

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Nah, that ain’t it… The first part of this is definitely something I already know, but I like this tune just the same, whatever derivatives it might come from… I found myself going from it into the above tune, which only starts the same way, so maybe they’d make a nice set together?

What were you feeding these pidgeons anyway? I can’t accept a D conclusion, it just has to be an E, pleeease…but maybe that’s the other tune calling me-eee-e-eee-e…

"The Jocular Pigeons" or "Pigeons on Gin"?

R: a slow and stumbling reel
K: e minor
|: D |
EFGA B ~E3 | ~B3 A ~B2 dB | A ~F3 D ~F3 | AFdB ADFD |
EFGA BE E/E/E | B/c/B Ac ~B2 de | f/g/f eB d2 AF | BFAF E3 :|
|: A |
Bee^d ~e2 ge | ~f2 e/d/A Bd-de | feBe f ~e3 | fedB BAFA |
Be e/e/e ~e2 g/f/e | fedA Bd d/d/d | f/e/d Bd AFDF | BFAF E3 :|

Yes, back at the punch… Sorry Kenny, the punch made me do it…

Only 1 recording of the tune (and I have it..lol). Where did you get it from Kenny.

Do you know who the composer of this pastiche is Paddy?

No idea I’m afraid. The album had no sleeve notes. It’s in the Breathnach Collection Vol. 4 though. He has James Madigan as the source.

"IV"! ~ that figures, it’s actually here open besides this desk, staring at me know, where it has been for the last week or so… 😏

Origin of "Pigeons"

This came from the "Outlet" LP "Ar Leithidi", which was mainly the O’Brien family from Dublin, all the youngsters, including Mick and Donncha would hardly have been in their teens. This was a flute-solo by Sligo man Dan O’Healy, a guest on the record. I hadn’t come across the tune before and thought it worth posting. The album PaddyC has is mainly an "Outlet" compilation, and the track is the same.
I’ll post the LP in "Recordings" in the next week.

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Outlet has been responsible for issueing some great recordings. I keep hoping that someone will reissue those efforts…

Another version from Kenny

Kenny says: "I found this [setting] on a tape from the Willie Clancy week in 1986. Clodach [Nic Ruairi] is a flute player from Derry who was in the same flute class as me that year. She was a member of the 80’ all-women "supergroup" "Macalla", and was one of the players featured on the tribute album for Frankie Kennedy. She played this reel in a session with her sister Orla on fiddle and Dermot Byrne on accordion.

X: 1
T: The Jolly Pigeons
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Edor
EFGA Bded|~B3A BcdB|AF~F2 DF~F2|AFBF AFGF|
EFGA Bded|~B3A Bcde|fedB AF~F2|BFAF DFAF:|
|:Beed e2de|fedc Bcde|f2de fgag|fedc BAFA|
Beed e2de|fedc Bcde|fedB AF~F2|BFAF DFAF:|

The Jolly Pigeons, X:4

From the album Two Tone, by Kieran O’Hare & John Skelton (2014).