The Boys Of Malin reel

Also known as The Boy’s A Melon, The Boys Of Mallin, The Boys Of Mallow, Karen Logan’s, Timour The Tartar.

There are 63 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Gravel Walks (a few times), The High Road To Linton (a few times), The Shetland Fiddler (a few times), The Turnpike (a few times).

The Boys Of Malin has been added to 547 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Boys Of Malin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:ABcd eAce|fedf edcB|ABcd eAce|1 feBc d2cB:|2 feBc defg||
|aAAA cAce|abag fefg|aAAA cAce|dcBc defg|
aAAA cAce|abag f2g2|affe fedc|dcBc d2cB|
|:Aece Aece|Aece d2cB|Aece Aece|feBc d2cB:|
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X: 2
T: The Boys Of Malin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
e|ABcd eAce|fdfa edcB|ABcd eAce|fdBc d2 ec:|
# Added by Paddy .
ABC
X: 3
T: The Boys Of Malin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
Bfdf Bfdf | Bfdf e2 dc | Bfdf Bfdf | ecAc ecdc :|
Bcde f2 df | g2 eg fedc | Bcde f2 df | ecAc ecdc |
Bcde f2 df | g2 eg fedc | Bcde f2 df | ecAc efga ||
bB B/B/B fBdf | b2 ba fefa | bB B/B/B fBdf | ecAc efga |
bB B/B/B fBdf | b2 ba fefa | bgaf gefd | ecAc e2 dc |]
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X: 4
T: The Boys Of Malin
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GABc dGBd|edce dcBA|GABc dGBd|1 edAB c2BA:|2 edAB cdef||
|gGGG BGBd|gagf edef|gGGG BGBd|cBAB cdef|
gGGG BGBd|gagf e2f2|geed edcB|cBAB c2BA|
|:GdBd GdBd|GdBd c2BA|GdBd GdBd|edAB c2BA:|
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Thirteen comments

This is a fast and lively reel, guaranteed to liven up any session.

If you play it as shown here, you’ll get a rollercoaster ride of notes in the first part. Try putting in some pauses by the lengthening the first E note that gets played, or the first F, or both.

This is the kind of tune that’s hard to break out of in a set, but a classic combination is to follow this reel with "The Gravel Walks". As Cole Porter so succinctly put it, "How strange the change from major to minor".

I learned the A part as :
e|ABcd eAce|fdfa edcB|ABcd eAce|fdBc d2 ec:|
I think the second measure is actually easier played this way, as it breaks up the runs. And it also provides a change from going straight up and down the scale as the first part does.

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A Question of Arrangement…

I’ve spent a bit of my evening and learned ‘The Boys of Malin’ using the tune Jim Doran provided on his site. Using some sheetmusic from here and then toggling between slow and fast versions was, for me, a great way to get the mechanical and stylistic components of the tune. Thanks a heap Jim!

What I really want to know now is what tunes would you all suggest would go good before or after or both?

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Re: A Question of Arrangement…

Right after I posted I got the bright idea to look throught he recordings section to see what some people have put with the tune. Duh! Well… if you have favorites or unique suggestions I’d still ove to hear them :-)

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Re: A Question of Arrangement…

Go easy on the Labatt, Mike.

Before and after The Boys of malin

Jack The Lad / Boys Of Malin / Trip To Windsor
The Shetland Fiddler /T he Boys Of Malin
Macleod’s Reel / The Boys Of Malin
Boys Of Malin / Maids Of Castlebar
The Star Of Munster / The Boys O’ Malin
The Guns Of The Magnificent Seven / The Boys Of Malin / The Gravel Walk
Timour The Tartar / Boys Of Malin
Martin Wynes / The Boys Of Malin
Boys Of Malin / High Road To Linton
The New Policeman / The Boys Of Malin / The High Road
The Wind That Shakes The Barley / The Boys Of Malin
Victory Reel / The Boys Of Malin
The Boys Of Malin / Jenny’s Wedding
The Boys Of Malin / The Old Oak Tree
The Boys Of Malin / The Sailor On The Rock
The Boys Of Malin / McDermott’s Reel
Road To Lisdoonvarna/Boys Of Malin
The Sailor on the Rock/Boys of Malin/The Star of Muns

Music?

What happened to the sheet music for this reel?

Boys of Malin - bowing that last line!

Great tune………………but how do you bow that last line cleanly when it’s bowling along at a fair lick?!

Separate bows?
2 notes to a bow?
Use 4th finger on A-string to play the e’s?

Bowing last line

Just little flicks of the wrist, crossing the strings. It takes some practice, but is an excellent skill to learn. I still can’t do it very well, and I’ve been at it for years. (I have found, however, that if you play an electric fiddle with really heavy distortion, nobody really notices that you mess it up :-)

The Boys of Mallin

This is the version I learned from a recording by Buttons and Bows. Although it’s plain that it’s the same tune, it’s significantly different

X:036
T:The Boys of Mallin
D:Buttons and Bows: ‘Grace Notes’ 1991
Z:Nigel Gatherer
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:Bm
Bfdf Bfdf | Bfdf e2 dc | Bfdf Bfdf | ecAc ecdc :|
Bcde f2 df | g2 eg fedc | Bcde f2 df | ecAc ecdc |
Bcde f2 df | g2 eg fedc | Bcde f2 df | ecAc efga ||
bB B/B/B fBdF | b2 ba fefa | bB B/B/B fBdf | ecAc efga |
bB B/B/B fBdF | b2 ba fefa | bgaf gefd | ecAc e2 dc |]

Re: A Question of Arrangement

Boys of Malin/Anderson’s Reel/Cup of Tea

It’s a nice effect…

going from Jeremy’s A Major version into Nigel’s B minor version.

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