The Flogging (reel)
This reel has a great driving rhythm and is a very popular session tune. Generally agreed to have originated from the Scottish piping tune, ‘The Flagon’, (also called The Alonby Lasses) the first written record of it is in a manuscript compiled by William Vickers in 1770. There is some argument that the original version was a Scottish piper’s tune composed by Neil Gow but was modified to suit Irish musicians and the title was changed from the cheerful ‘flagon’, which is a large vessel with a handle and spout for holding wine or liquor, to the more painful ‘flogging’ perhaps reflecting the general zeitgeist of each country but we’ll leave you to draw your own conclusions.
The Flogging was first recorded by accordion virtuoso, John J. Kimmel in 1916*. There have been a number of versions and variations since, with some gentle disagreement as to whether to play the Fs as naturals or keep them as sharps in the third part. Throw in the F natural to impress your fellow musicians.
Take a look at Caitlín Nic Gabhann playing it on our Phoenix Concertina. You’ll note that she uses the F natural!
With the F natural
T: The Flogging
BG ~G2 BGdG | BG ~G2 Bdgd | BG ~G2 BGdG | AGFG ABcA |
| BG ~G2 BGdG | BG ~G2 Bdgd | BG ~G2 BGdG |AGFG ABcd ||
g2 gd BGBd | g2 ge fgaf |gfgd BGBd | AGFG ABcd |
|g2 gd BGBd | g2 ge fgaf | bgaf gedB | AGFG ABcA ||
Bdgd Bdgd| Bdgd BGGB | Ac=fc Acfc | Ac=fc A=FFA |
|Bdgd Bdgd| Bdef g2 ga |bgaf gedB | AGFG ABcA ||
Without the F natural
T: The Flogging
|BGG/A/G BGdG|BGGA Bdgd|BGGF FGBc|AGFG ABcA|
BDGA BGcG|BDGA Bdgd|B/d/BAc ABcB|AGFG ABcA||
Bdgd B3d|fgag fgaf|gfgd ABcB|AGFG ABcA|
Bdgd BGBd|g/a/geg fgaf|g2gf gedB|cBAG FGAc||
Bdgd edgd|Bdgd BGGB|Acfc Acfc|A/B/cfc BDGA|
Bdgd edgd|Bdef g3a|b/a/g a/g/f gedB|cBAG FGAc|]
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