Both Meat And Drink jig

By Ed Reavy

Also known as Both Meat And Dhrink, Liam’s, Meat And Drink.

There are 16 recordings of this tune.

Both Meat And Drink appears in 2 other tune collections.

Both Meat And Drink has been added to 2 tune sets.

Both Meat And Drink has been added to 43 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Both Meat And Drink
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A,DF A^GA|BAF GEC|DFA dcd|fed cec|
dBd cAc|BGB dcB|c^Bc edc|dAF GEC:|
|:dcd dcd|AFD DCD|=cBc cBc|edc Aec|
dcd fed|cec dAF|GED CDE|EDC D3:|
|:DGB d^cd|edB cAF|GBd gfg|bag faf|
geg fdf|ece gfe|f^ef agf|gdB CBF:|
|:gfg gfg|dBG GFG|=fef fef|agf daf|
gfg bag|faf gdB|CAG FGB|BGF G3:|
X: 2
T: Both Meat And Drink
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A|D2 F A^GA|BAF GEA|DFA dcd|fed cec|
dBd cAc|BGB dcB|c^Bc edc|dAF G2:|
|:A|dcd dcd|AFD DFA|=cBc cBc|edc Ace|
dcd fed|cec dAF|GEA FDA|EFE D2:|
X: 3
T: Both Meat And Drink
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGB d^cd|edB cAF|GB/c/d g2 a|bag f/g/af|
geg fdf|e2 c gfe|f^ef agf|g2 B cAF:|
|:g2 f gfg|d2 G GFG|=f2 e fef|agf daf|
g2 a bag|f/g/af gdB|cAG FGA|AGF G3:|
X: 4
T: Both Meat And Drink
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGB d^cd|edB cAF|GBd gfg|bag fga|
geg fdf|edB cde|fdf agf|1 gdB cAF:|2 cAF G2 g||
|:gfg gfg|dBG FGA|=fef fef|agf agf|
gfg bag|fga gfd|cAF DEF|AGF G3:|
X: 5
T: Both Meat And Drink
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGB deg|edB cAF|GBd g3|bag (3fga f|
gfg gf=f|e2 e gfe|f2 g agf|gdB cAF:|
GBd gfg|dBG GBd|=fef fef|agf agf|
g2 bba g|(3fga fgd B|cAF DED|DEF G2 D:|
X: 6
T: Both Meat And Drink
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGB d^cd|edB dcA|GBd gfg|bag faf|
geg fdf|ece gfe|fdf agf|gdB cAF:|
|:G2 g gbg|dBG GBd|=fef fcf|ag=f ag^f|
gfg bag|faf gdB|cAG FGA|1 AGF GBd:|2 AGF GFE||
X: 7
T: Both Meat And Drink
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGB d^cd|edB cAF|GBd g2 a|bag f/g/af|
geg fdf|ece gfe|~f3 agf|gdB cAF:|
|:~g3 ~g3|dBG GFG|~=f3 ~f3|agf agf|
~g3 bag|f/g/af gdB|cAG FGA|AGF G3:|
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Eleven comments

Liam’s Jig

I learned this beautiful jig from accordion player Liam Webster. It probably has another name, but I never could find it - and Liam didn’t remember its name either… so if someone knows about it, i’d be real glad to give it the good title !
It works nicely played not too fast, sweet and flowing…

Accidentals: = (natural), ^ (sharp = #), _ (flat = b)

In music notation, whether dots or ABCs, the practice is not to repeat the accidental ad infinitum, when it doesn’t need repeating. If an accidental occurs just once in a measure/bar, then all notes of that pitch that follow it are likewise modified… The following, as given in the ABCs for this tune, is not the way to notate the 3rd measure of the B-part:

~ | =cB=c =cB=c | ~

This is the ‘correct’ way to notate the above intention:

~ | =cBc cBc | ~

If this were a case where you wanted something to change within that bar, then you could do something like this, for example:

~ | =cBc ^cBc | ~ which sharpens the fourth and sixth c in that bar…

The bar line ends the modification and if you wanted it to repeat the same in the following bar you would have to notate it again…

~ | =cBc cBc | =cBc cBc | ~

Not enough sleep. A correction for a comment above:

~ | =cBc ^cBc | ~ which sharpens the third and fourth c (4th & 6th note) in that bar…

I had it right the first time round and edited it wrong just before hitting [ post ]… 😏

“Gan Ainm” ~ takes for range limited instruments ~

And a few other options… I have been giving this a go but no memory cells are firing up as yet to give me a name for it. There are parts that are familiar, but not the tune as a whole… out of messing around with it, including on winds, these whistle/flute friendly versions emerged, along with some other options…

K: D Major
|: A |
D2 F A^GA | BAF GEA | DFA dcd | fed cec |
dBd cAc | BGB dcB | c^Bc edc | dAF G2 :|
|: A |
dcd dcd | AFD DFA | =cBc cBc | edc Ace |
dcd fed | cec dAF | GEA FDA | EFE D2 :|

K: G Major
|: DGB d^cd | edB cAF | GB/c/d g2 a | bag f/g/af |
geg fdf | e2 c gfe | f^ef agf | g2 B cAF :|
|: g2 f gfg | d2 G GFG | =f2 e fef | agf daf |
g2 a bag | f/g/af gdB | cAG FGA | AGF G3 :|

This seems to me to be one of Ed Reavey’s Both Meat and Drink. Although you have it here in D and the original is G.
Great Jig though.


I corrected the ABC notation, so it should be easier to learn. Thanks for the name. Liam Webster told me it was from someone in america, but he couldn’t remember who. He used to play it in D, hence the transcription in D. Liam used to play with the Liverpool ceili band and with Donal McGuire’s occasional Band, he’s a great box (C#/D) player, with a flowing style, and a lovely fellow, and I always remember our very late sessions in France where we met (That was in 1983…)

“Both Meat and Drink” ~ by Ed Reavy

“‘Old Pat Kane’ was a Wexford man who worked on a rich man’s estate in the Philadelphia suburbs. Ed (Reavy) visited Pat and his wife in the early seventies, a year or so after his visit to Ireland. Pat worked the farm much as he did in the Old Country and he had great flavor in his language. He liked his bottle of ‘Porter’, whenever he could get it. He often exclaimed that man needed nothing else to sustain himself in this life. “It is more than a drink,” he was heard to say-‘it’s both meat and drink.’” ~ Joe Reavy

Here are two more takes in G Major:

K: G Major
|: DGB d^cd | edB cAF | GBd gfg | bag fga |
geg fdf | edB cde | fdf agf |1 gdB cAF :|2 cAF G2 g ||
|: gfg gfg | dBG FGA | =fef fef | agf agf |
gfg bag | fga gfd | cAF DEF | AGF G3 :|

K: G Major
|: DGB d^cd | edB dcA | GBd gfg | bag faf |
| geg fdf | ece gfe | fdf agf | gdB cAF :|
|: G2 g gbg | dBG GBd | =fef fcf | ag=f ag^f |
gfg bag | faf gdB | cAG FGA |1 AGF GBd :|2 AGF GFE :|

Tune name and key

Hi there !
to give justice to Ed Reavy who wrote the tune, I gave it it’s title.
I used to play it in D, but as the original key is G, and that works a lot better for wind instrument, I’ve put the ABC notation in G too… hope that’s OK…

D, G & A too!

I don’t know about other keys, but this one has found itself in these three, so you ‘D’ and your distinct way with it is only a complement to any composer, that you liked it enough to make it your own in some way, while still keeping with the spirit and root of the melody, whatever key you play it in. I think, if he were still with us, that he’d be finding cheer in the notion that someone had taken his inspiration to heart and elsewhere, in key and subtle differences… Good on yuh Nikita…

Seamus Walshe: Clare Accordion

This is on the above Seamus Walshe album in a set collectively called “Ed Reavey’s Jigs.” For the record, he plays it in G (but up a half-step on a C/Csharp box afaik.)