The Steampacket reel

Also known as An Bad Gaile, Flowery Mountains, The Mountain Lark, New Tobacco, The Steam Packet, The Tobacco Leaf.

There are 86 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Miss McLeod’s (lots of times), Colonel Fraser’s (lots of times), The Morning Star (lots of times), The Dublin (a few times) and Ask My Father (a few times).

The Steampacket has been added to 24 tune sets.

The Steampacket has been added to 365 tunebooks.

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Eleven settings

X: 1
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|G2 BG AGFG|AG (3GGG Addc|ABGB AFDE|FEFG ABcA|
(3GGG BG AGFG|AG (3GGG Addc|ABGB AFDE|FEFG ABcA||
|d~g3 a~g3|d~g3 fdcA|d~g3 a~g3|d^cde fd=cA|
|d~g3 ag (3efg|abag ~f3g|af (3gfe fde^c|d2 eg fdcA||
# Added .
X: 2
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|(3GGG BG AGFG|AGFG Addc|
# Added .
X: 3
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| B~G3 AGFA | D~G3 A2dc | A~G3 AGFG | =F3G ABcA |
BGGB AGFA | D~G3 A2dc | A~G3 AGFG | =F3G ABcA |
d~g3 aggf | dgge fdcA | d~g3 agfg | dcde fdcA |
d~g3 agfg | a2ag ~f3g | a2(3gfe fdec | d2eg fdcA |
X: 4
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| ~G3B AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =FEFG ABcz |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =FEFG ABc^c |
d~g3 a~g3 | d2eg fdcA | d~g3 a~g3 | dcde fdcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | abag ~f3g | abge fd(3edc | d2eg fdcA |
X: 5
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A2GB AGFD | ~F3G ABcB |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A2GB AGFD | ~F3G ABcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | dgge fdcA | d~g3 aggf | dcde fdcA |
d~g3 agfg | abag ~f3g | afge fdef | dfag fdcA ||
X: 6
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGG/G/G AGFG|AGG/G/G A2dc|BGG/G/G AGFD|EFFG ABcA|
BGG/G/G AGFG|AGG/G/G A2dc|BGG/G/G AGFD|EFFG ABcA||
dgg/g/g agfe|dgg/g/g fdcA|dgg/g/g agfe|d^cde fdcA|
dgg/g/g agfg|abag fefg|afge fde^c|d/d/deg fdcA||
X: 7
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dgg/g/g agfe|dgg/g/g fdcA|dgg/g/g agfe|d^cde fd=cA|
dgg/g/g agfg|abag fefg|afge fde^c|d/d/deg fdcA||
X: 8
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| A~G3 AGFG | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | ~F3G ABcB |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | ~F3G ABcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | d~g3 fdcA | d~g3 a~g3 | d2eg fdcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | abag fefg | afge fgfe | d2eg fdcA ||
X: 9
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| A~G3 AGFG | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =F3G ABcB |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =F3G ABcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | d~g3 fdcA | d~g3 a~g3 | d2eg fdcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | abag fefg | afge fgfe | d2eg fdcA ||
X: 10
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:AG G2 AGFD | AG G2 Addc | AG G2 AGFD | F3G Addc |
AG G2 AGFD | AG G2 Addc | (3AcA GB AGFD | F3G ABcA||
|:dg g2 ag g2 | dg g2 fdcA | dg g2 ag g2 | dcde fdcA |
dg g2 ag (3efg | abag f3g | af (3gfe fdec | dfeg fdcA ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 11
T: The Steampacket
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:AG (3GGG AGFG|AG (3GGG Addc|AG (3GGG AGFD|=F2FG ABcA:|
dg (3ggg ag (3ggf|dg (3gge fdcA|dg (3ggg ag (3gfg|d^cde fdcA|
dg (3ggg agfg|abag fefg|afge fde^c|d2eg fdcA||

Twenty-two comments

The Steampacket

Zina sent me an email asking for my "setting" of this tune, too grand a word for how I play it, which is not far off the standard session settings I’ve heard from other fiddlers.

I originally learned that opening bar of the first half as: |A~G3 AGFD| and I still use that on occasion, but to me it lacks punch. Sometimes I play that first measure as: |DGBG AGFG| and sometimes I like to repeat the AGFG in the following measure for a little swing:

|(3GGG BG AGFG|AGFG Addc|

My B part is even closer to the "standard" version…I roll almost all those high g’s, tho I suppose with a little noodling I could come up with something more creative. At session speed, though, I like the way the rolls ring out, so there they are. :-)

Incidentally, the Steampack makes a nice follow-up to Bantry Lasses, which I posted not too long ago.

Posted .

Oops

In the second to last measure, that should be an f after the triplet: |af (3gfe fde^c| d2 etc.

I fixed it in the abc notation. Gawd, if the clients I edit for saw what havoc I wreak in here….

Posted .

The Steam Packet (reel)

T:Steam Packet, The
M:C|
L:1/8
S:Late… In The Night by Christy Barry, Conor McCarthy, Cyril O’Donoghue
R:reel
Z:gmp
K:G
| B~G3 AGFA | D~G3 A2dc | A~G3 AGFG | =F3G ABcA |
BGGB AGFA | D~G3 A2dc | A~G3 AGFG | =F3G ABcA |
d~g3 aggf | dgge fdcA | d~g3 agfg | dcde fdcA |
d~g3 agfg | a2ag ~f3g | a2(3gfe fdec | d2eg fdcA |

Steam Packet, The (reel) by Kevin Crawford

T:Steam Packet, The
M:C|
L:1/8
S:Kevin Crawford - D Flute album
R:reel
Z:gmp
K:G
| ~G3B AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =FEFG ABcz |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =FEFG ABc^c |
d~g3 a~g3 | d2eg fdcA | d~g3 a~g3 | dcde fdcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | abag ~f3g | abge fd(3edc | d2eg fdcA |

The Steampacket (reel) by Ronan Browne And Peter O’Loughlin

T:Steam Packet, The
M:C|
L:1/8
S:The South West Wind by Ronan Browne And Peter O’Loughlin
R:reel
Z:gmp
K:G
| A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A2GB AGFD | ~F3G ABcB |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A2GB AGFD | ~F3G ABcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | dgge fdcA | d~g3 aggf | dcde fdcA |
d~g3 agfg | abag ~f3g | afge fdef | dfag fdcA ||
"2nd time start" ~G3B AGFD |

Flowery Mountains?

OK guys - whose the fastest gun in the West? Who can put the common name on this well known reel - first?

It is on Tommy McMahon & Bernard O’Sullivan’s LP.

Limestone Rock? But the B part is different

Did ‘Darach De Bruin’ not compose the Limestone Rock, Donough?

Sorry, wrong c at the end of the 4th bar, of 2nd part, should have written it like this:

dgg/g/g agfe|dgg/g/g fdcA|dgg/g/g agfe|d^cde fd=cA|
dgg/g/g agfg|abag fefg|afge fde^c|d/d/deg fdcA||

Slainte - yes, but as Donough points out, the A-part has something of The Limestone Rock about it. It took me until the B-part to recognise it as The Steampacket. It’s amazing how much difference a few notes can make.

Anyway, the notes may be the same, but they’ve got different names, so they’re different tunes. Identical twins look the same, but they’re not the same person.

I think this is just a setting of the Steampacket, and that the name has nothing to do with whether it’s a different tune or not.

Yes. I still believe this is just one of many versions of the Steampacket. Liam Kelly recorded a version similar to this on one of Dervish’s albums.

Oops, that should read Kiss the Maid behind the *Barrel*.

Steampacket- Denis Murphy’s version

Does anyone have the abc’s for Denis Murphy’s version of the steampacket, on the From Galway to Dublin CD, track 6. I sounds a bit different from the sheet music printed here. Thanks.

Spillane version

X:1
T:Steam Packet, The
M:C|
L:1/8
S:The South West Wind by Ronan Browne And Peter O’Loughlin
R:reel
Z:gmp
K:G
| A~G3 AGFG | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | ~F3G ABcB |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | ~F3G ABcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | d~g3 fdcA | d~g3 a~g3 | d2eg fdcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | abag fefg | afge fgfe | d2eg fdcA ||
"2nd time start" ~G3B AGFD |

Spillane version 2

X:1
T:Steam Packet, The
M:C|
L:1/8
S: Davy Spillane and Kevin Glackin
R:reel
Z:
K:G
| A~G3 AGFG | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =F3G ABcB |
A~G3 AGFD | A~G3 Addc | A~G3 AGFD | =F3G ABcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | d~g3 fdcA | d~g3 a~g3 | d2eg fdcA |
d~g3 a~g3 | abag fefg | afge fgfe | d2eg fdcA ||

Would also say that the Crooked Road is a related tune. Setting I learned from Brian McGrath has almost identical B part.

This tune packs a mean, powerful piston rod action!

It takes its name from the famous shipping company that was founded in London in 1839 by Scotland’s own James MacQueen http://www.merchantnavyofficers.com/rm1.html The state sponsored company would become the largest shipping group in the world a hundred years on.
See also: http://www.steam-packet.com/ for the Hiberno-Manx connections (so to say!)

The Steampacket

Charlie Lennon plays this on his album The Emigrant Suite and calls it "The Tobacco Leaf".

The Steampacket, X:11

Here’s quite a triplet-y version.