The Pullet reel

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Pullet has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Pullet has been added to 38 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Pullet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
fe|:d2B2 B2dB|AFAB ABde|f2B2 B2dB|ABde fefa|
b2B2 B2dB|A2AB ABde|f2B2 B2dB|ABde f2fe:|
|:defg abaf|defg a2af|defg abaf|edef g2fe|
defg abaf|defg a2gf|gfga bagf|edef g2fe:|
# Added .
X: 2
T: The Pullet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
fe|:dB (3BAB BdcB|ABAF ABde|fB (3BAB BcdB|ABde fefa|
b2B (3BAB BdcB|ABAF ABde|fB (3BAB BcdB|ABde f2fe:|
|:defg abaf|defg a2af|defg abaf|edef (3gfe af|
defg abaf|defg a2gf|gfga (3bag (3agf|edef g2fe:|

Fifteen comments

The Pullet

Found this tune in a book named “An Irish Tunebook” so no fear of being told off there.

I have played this tune both as a reel and as a hornpipe…works well for both rhythms!

I hope the ABC is right

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Drag Her Round the Road (the Pullet)

Almost the same but not quite and in Eminor
submitted November 19th 2002 by Shanaway.

I haven’t heard this version in decades and have never played it but it has remained in memory all that time.

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16 bars

Instinct tells me to play this without the repeats. It’s one of those tunes that goes on ad infinitum as the ‘B’ music leads itself straight back into the ‘A’ again and-so-on.

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I second the motion… 😉


Having just conversed with my trusty scottish band colleague we conclude this to be Scottish in character/feel but “D H R the D” is definitely Irish in character.

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I didnt know this…

From wikipedia---

A pullet is a young chicken, more specifically a hen (female) at least 20-weeks-old which has begun to lay eggs but has not yet moulted. Pullets are more productive than the older laying hens; they often produce eggs for an entire year, while hens will lay for six-to-seven months.


[Middle English pulet, from Old French polet, diminutive of poul, cock, and poule, hen, both from Latin pullus, young fowl, young animal, chicken; see pau-1 in Indo-European roots.]

I love the linguistic derivatives of such words. This is a sweet tune indeed.

Dang English…

Dang English names for all these pure Irish tunes…

Yes MH, and then they’re killed and sold off as cheap meat and the next batch of pullets begin…because “pullets are more productive than the older laying hens”… 🙁

Another source

This tune also appears (as a hornpipe) in Levey’s second collection of The Dance Music of Ireland (1873).

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Levey 1858

rwwt…slight correction, it’s in Levey’s first collection (1858), page 37. I was just researching this tune and came across it in that book.

Re: The Pullet

Played by the master “Liam Og’O Flynn” in the Planxty LP “The woman I loved so well” : in a set of reels associating the Pullet with “the woman I never forgot” and “Ladies’s pantalettes”.

Re: The Pullet

This particular “Pullet” is a completely different tune from the “Pullet” played by “Planxty” in the set of 3 reels you refer to.

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