The Drunken Acrobat reel

By Colin Farrell

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Drunken Acrobat has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Drunken Acrobat has been added to 57 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Drunken Acrobat
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emaj
e2 ef c2 BG|FFGF FECE|B,CEC EFcc|BGFG E3z:|
X: 2
T: The Drunken Acrobat
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:EABc ecBA|EFFE F2 BA|EABc ecBA|effe fe c2|
EABc ecBA|EFFE F2 AF|EFAF ABff|ecBc A3z:|
a3 b f2 ec|BBcB BAFA|EFFE FAAF|BcBA Bcef|
a2 ab f2 ec|BBcB BAFA|EFAF ABff|ecBc A3z:|
X: 3
T: The Drunken Acrobat
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:Adef afed|AB2A B2 ed|Adef afed|abba ba f2|
Adef afed|AB2A B2 dB|ABdB debb|afef d3z:|
~d3 e B2 af|e2fe edBd|AB2A Bd2B|efed efab|
~d2 de B2 af|e2fe edBd|ABdB deB2|afef d3z:|

Eleven comments

Drunken Acrobat

This is a great tune by Colin Farrell that I got from the Flook album ‘haven’. They play it in E so that’s how I’ve submitted it but for whistlers it’s best played on an A whistle for Emaj. Here it is in A.

X: 1
T:The Drunken Acrobat
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amaj
||: EABc ecBA | EFFE F2 BA | EABc ecBA | effe fe c2 |
EABc ecBA | EFFE F2 AF | EFAF ABff |ecBc A3z :||
a3 b f2 ec |BBcB BAFA | EFFE FAAF | BcBA Bcef |
a2 ab f2 ec |BBcB BAFA | EFAF ABff |ecBc A3z :||

Egad, this means he must be playing the “Asturian Way” set on a B whistle!… Thank goodness I own one…

I do quite love Colin Ferrel’s tunes. All of the ones I’ve heard thus far I’ve loved.

Aye, he’s playing it there on an Overton B, the above is for an A whistle as they’re more common but obviously just transpose the above down one note the the G shape scale to get E major on a B whistle (if that makes any sense 🙂)

I own an E Low Whistle:

||: Adef afed | AB2A B2 ed | Adef afed | abba ba f2 |
Adef afed | AB2A B2 dB | ABdB debb |afef d3z :||
~d3 e B2 af |e2fe edBd | AB2A Bd2B | efed efab |
~d2 de B2 af |e2fe edBd | ABdB deB2 |afef d3z :||

Actually, from watching the video, it looks like Brian’s playing in A on an A whistle, but I may not have seen right. It wouldn’t be a shock if it were a B, seeing how as he used one on the “Mouse Jigs” set.

Joe, so my version it is he plays !?

No Swisspiper, either way he is not playing your version. Some notes are in the wrong octave and you’ve also missed out notes.

Re: The Drunken Acrobat

The set (Asturian Way) which includes this tune, as well as the Mouse Jigs set, are played by Brian Finnegan on an A whistle…he’s half holing the D sharp to pay in B on the tune Asturian Way