The Toko Mouth Reel


The Toko Mouth Reel (Hop Reel)

A tune composed in Milton, Otago, New Zealand where my wife and I stayed for a while in 2021. We were very close to a quaint beach settlement called Toko Mouth, named after the Tokomairaro River. The tune meanders like a river.

This is an unusual reel for a number of reasons. It is in the key of F, which is not so common for Irish music. It also has an uneven number of bars in the A part (7) and a 6/4 bar at the end. For these reasons I consider it a kind of ‘Hop Reel’.