Miss McGuinness reel

Also known as Jim Coleman’s, Miss Mcguiness, One-Armed Bandit, Take Your Choice, Terence’s Ramble.

There are 51 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Miss Johnstone’s (a few times), The Stoney Steps (a few times), The Torn Jacket (a few times).

Miss McGuinness has been added to 83 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Miss McGuinness
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dG~G2 dGBd | efga bage | dG~G2 dGBd |1 egdB BAAB :|2 egdB BGGz ||
|:agab g3f | egdg egdg |1 agab ~g3f |edgd BAA2 :|2 b3g a3g | edef gage ||
ABC
X: 2
T: Miss McGuinness
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dG G2 BG (3Bcd|g3a bage|dG G2 BG (3Bcd|egdB BA A2:|
a2 af g3f|egdg egd2|a2af g3f|edgB BAA2|
a2 af g3f|egdg egdg|b2 bg a2ag|edef g3e||
dGG2 dGBd|dBge dBB2|dGG2 dGBd|(3gfe) dB BAA2:|
(3fga af g3e|dbB2 defg|(3fga af g3e|dBGA BAA2|
(3fga af g 3e|dBB2 dega|bagb afge|dBGA BAA2||
ABC
X: 3
T: Miss McGuinness
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dG~G2 BGBd|efga bage|dG~G2 BGBd|1 egdB BAAB:|2 egdB ~A3z||
~a3b g2ag|egdg egdg|~a3b g2ag|egdB BAA2|
~a3b g2ag|egdg egdg|b3g a3f|edef gedB||
ABC
X: 4
T: Miss McGuinness
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
vcF (3FFF cFAF | defg afef | cF (3FFF cFAc | dfcA AGG2 |
cF (3FFF cFAF | defg afef | cF (3FFF cFAc | dfcA GFF2 :|
|: g2ag f2c2 | dfcf dfcf | g2ag fdde | fdcA | AGG2 |
g2ag f2c2 | dfcf dfcf | .a.f((3g/f/e/) fdde | fdcA GFF2 :|
dG G/2G/2G dGBG|efga bgfg|dG G/2G/2G dGBd|egdB BA A2|
dG G/2G/2G dGBG|efga bgfg|dG G/2G/2G dGBd|egdB AG G2:|
|:a2ba g2d2|egdg egdg|a2ba geef|gedB BA A2|
a2ba g2d2|egdg egdg|bg a/2g/2f geef|gedB AG G2:|
ABC
X: 5
T: Miss McGuinness
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B|AD D/D/D ADFA|ABde fedB|AD D/D/D ADFA|BdAF FEEB|
AD D/D/D ADFA|ABde fedB|AD D/D/D ADFA|BdAF FEE2||
e3f d2 ed|BdAd BdAd|e3f d2 ed|BdAF FEE2|
e3f d2 ed|BdAd BdAd|f3d e/f/e ed|BABc d3B||
# Added .
ABC
X: 6
T: Miss McGuinness
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dGGG dGBd |dega bage |dGGG dGBd |egdB BA A2:
agab g2ag |egdg egdg |agab g2 ag| edgd BAAA|
agab g2ag |egdg egdg |b2 bg abag| edef gage||
# Added by tblay .
ABC
X: 7
T: Miss McGuinness
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:d~G3 dGBd | d~G2g edge | d~G3 dGBd |1 (3.e.f.g dB BA AB :|2 (3.e.f.g dB BA Ag |
|:f~a2f ~g3e | ded^c defg |1 f~a2f ~g3e | dBgB BAAg :|2 bagb afge | dBgB BAAB |
ABC

Nine comments

Although not particularly common in sessions, this tune has been recorded by, among others Michael Coleman and Matt Molloy. Quite a number of different settings exist, the one posted being approximately that on the Coleman Recording.

The following two settings are from an abc collection (transcriber unknown). The first, which is not dissimilar to the version above, is from Matt Molloy. The second, which differs substantially, is credited to Paul Carton(?):

1.
dG G2 BG (3Bcd|g3a bage|dG G2 BG (3Bcd|egdB BA A2:|
a2 af g3f|egdg egd2|a2af g3f|edgB BAA2|
a2 af g3f|egdg egdg|b2 bg a2ag|edef g3e||

2.
dGG2 dGBd|dBge dBB2|dGG2 dGBd|(3gfe) dB BAA2:|
(3fga af g3e|dbB2 defg|(3fga af g3e|dBGA BAA2|
(3fga af g 3e|dBB2 dega|bagb afge|dBGA BAA2||

Miss McGuinness

Here’s my version of the tune:

K: Gmaj
dG~G2 BGBd|efga bage|dG~G2 BGBd|1 egdB BAAB:|2 egdB ~A3z||
~a3b g2ag|egdg egdg|~a3b g2ag|egdB BAA2|
~a3b g2ag|egdg egdg|b3g a3f|edef gedB||

It’s basically the same as the one recorded by Jackie Daly, Kevin Burke and Conal O’Grada, I believe. As *quirl* has pointed out, it’s probably related to Scots tune "The Night We Had the Goats": http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1393

Mary MacNamara—

Mary MacNamara plays the tune in the key of D. It’s recorded on her Traditional Music from East Clare, which is a must-have CD. The tune is lovely on the concertina in the lower key. On the flute it’s probably better in the key of G.

Appears in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection as ‘Terence’s Ramble’, in the (hexatonic) key of F, and in 2/4. A bit different.

X: 1
T: Terence’s Ramble
B: Ryan’s Mammoth Collection
M: 2/4
L: 1/16
R: reel
K: F
vcF (3FFF cFAF | defg afef | cF (3FFF cFAc | dfcA AGG2 |
cF (3FFF cFAF | defg afef | cF (3FFF cFAc | dfcA GFF2 :|
|: g2ag f2c2 | dfcf dfcf | g2ag fdde | fdcA | AGG2 |
g2ag f2c2 | dfcf dfcf | .a.f((3g/f/e/) fdde | fdcA GFF2 :|

Transposed up to G and 4/4 (with triplets adjusted):

X:1
T:Terence’s Ramble
M:4/4
L:1/8
R: reel
K:G
dG G/2G/2G dGBG|efga bgfg|dG G/2G/2G dGBd|egdB BA A2|
dG G/2G/2G dGBG|efga bgfg|dG G/2G/2G dGBd|egdB AG G2:|
|:a2ba g2d2|egdg egdg|a2ba geef|gedB BA A2|
a2ba g2d2|egdg egdg|bg a/2g/2f geef|gedB AG G2:|

Miss McGuiness, Clare setting in D

Here’s how P. Joe and Martin Hayes recorded it (on tape, which eventually became the cd, The Shores of Lough Graney).

X: 1
T: Miss McGuinness
D: The Shores of Lough Graney, P. Joe and Martin Hayes
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: D
B|AD D/D/D ADFA|ABde fedB|AD D/D/D ADFA|BdAF FEEB|
AD D/D/D ADFA|ABde fedB|AD D/D/D ADFA|BdAF FEE2||
e3f d2 ed|BdAd BdAd|e3f d2 ed|BdAF FEE2|
e3f d2 ed|BdAd BdAd|f3d e/f/e ed|BABc d3B||

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Miss McGuiness - Micheal O’Raghallaigh version

Tune 6 is the version given by Michael at the 2013 Return To Camden Town concertina workshop

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Miss McGuinness

X:7 a piping setting from Tommy Reck, via his teacher John Potts, one would guess. On the old Piper’s Rock LP Jimmy O’Brien-Moran recreated the medley from a well known home recording of Tommy, with this tune followed by Corney is Coming. Another piper, Sean MacMahon, played that same pair of tunes on an old Comhaltas on Tour LP.