The Fermoy Lasses reel

Also known as The Connacht Rangers, The Faremoy Lasses, The Fermoy Lassies, The Humours Of Mackin.

There are 77 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Fermoy Lasses has been added to 659 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Fermoy Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|GE (3EEE BE (3EEE|GE (3EEE BcBA|GE (3EEE BE (3EEE|AFDF AcBA|
|GE (3EEE BE (3EEE|GE (3EEE BcBA|(3GGG GF GBdB|AFDF AcBA|
|(3GGG BG dGBG|(3GGG Bd efg2|(3GGG BG dGBG|AFDF AcBA|
|(3GGG BG dGBG|(3GGG Bd efg2|afge fded|AFDF AcBA|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Fermoy Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|GFGA B2BA|GE ~E2 BE ~E2||AFDF AcBA|
|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|GFGA B2BA|~G3F GBdB|AFDF AcBA|
|G2 BG dGBG|G2 Bd efg2|G2 BG dGBG|AFDF AcBA|
|G2 BG dGBG|G2 Bd efg2|afge fded|AFDF AcBA|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Fermoy Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
cE~E2 cAGE|~D2AD E/F/GAB|~c3B cded|~d2AG FGAB |
cEE2 cAGE| ~D2AD E/F/GAB|c/d/cBd cded|~cABG AGEF ||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Fermoy Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|GE ~E2 BcBA|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|AFDF AcBA|
|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|GE ~E2 BcBA|~G3 F GBdB|AFDF AcBA|
|G2 BG dGBG|~G2 Bd efg2|G2 BG dGBG|AFDF AcBA|
|G2 BG dGBG|~G2 Bd efgf|gage dedB|AFDF AcBA|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Fermoy Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
GBEB GBEB|EBGB c2 BA|GBEB GBEB|EDFG A2 BA|
GBEB GBEB|EBGB c2 BA|GABc dedc|ADFA c2 BA:||
G2 BG dGBG|G/G/G Bd egdB|G2 BG dGBG|AFDF AcBA|
G2 BG dGBG|G/G/G Bd e2 ef|gagf edBd|(e/f/g) dB AGEF:||
ABC

Sixteen comments

Triplets

This is tune is triplet-heaven, at least the way I’ve shown it here. You don’t have to play all those triplets - in fact it would be a good idea to vary the ornamentation a lot more - but they can add a nice percussive, rhythmic effect.

I’m just watching a webcast of Liz Carroll live, and she adds in a little half-sized (?) part between the A and B parts of "Fermoy Lasses". It’s really neat, and makes you sit up straight if you’re just expecting the usual lovely Em/G reel. I think her B part’s in A minor or A mixo. Anyone have a clue?

wow..i love this tune played by liz Carroll on the Cherish The Ladies cd

Slightly Different Version

Here’s how I play it. The E’s can be cranned neatly on the flute.
X: 1
T: Fermoy Lasses, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Emin
|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|GFGA B2BA|GE ~E2 BE ~E2||AFDF AcBA|
|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|GFGA B2BA|~G3F GBdB|AFDF AcBA|
|G2 BG dGBG|G2 Bd efg2|G2 BG dGBG|AFDF AcBA|
|G2 BG dGBG|G2 Bd efg2|afge fded|AFDF AcBA|

Liz Carroll’s ‘B’ Part

Haven’t heard the webcast or CherishTL-CD, but in the mid ’80s when she played it for me, her mini- ‘B’ part was something like:

cE~E2 cAGE|~D2AD E/F/GAB|~c3B cded|~d2AG FGAB |
cEE2 cAGE| ~D2AD E/F/GAB|c/d/cBd cded|~cABG AGEF ||

Fermoy Lasses - singled or doubled?

I’ve always thought of this tune as doubled. But it’s been a while since I’ve heard it at a session, and I’m doubting myself now. I just listened to that clip from the Burkes Whistles site - beautiful - where it is played doubled, which is as I remember it.

Any thoughts?

~ Micho Russell, flute

Correction to the previous…

Johnny O’Leary’s Fermoy Lasses

Wish I knew ABC to show you, not a triplet in sight. ;-)

I’ve more often heard the B part ending like this..

gage dedB | AFDF AcBA

Davy Spillane version

X: 1
T: Fermoy Lasses, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Emin
|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|GE ~E2 BcBA|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|AFDF AcBA|
|GE ~E2 BE ~E2|GE ~E2 BcBA|~G3 F GBdB|AFDF AcBA|
|G2 BG dGBG|~G2 Bd efg2|G2 BG dGBG|AFDF AcBA|
|G2 BG dGBG|~G2 Bd efgf|gage dedB|AFDF AcBA|

Cape Breton Setting

A slightly different version (no triplets!) as played in Cape Breton…..
X:1
T:Fermoy Lasses (Cape Breton Setting)
R:Reel
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:Emin
GBEB GBEB|EBGB c2 BA|GBEB GBEB|EDFG A2 BA|
GBEB GBEB|EBGB c2 BA|GABc dedc|ADFA c2 BA:||
G2 BG dGBG|G/G/G Bd egdB|G2 BG dGBG|AFDF AcBA|
G2 BG dGBG|G/G/G Bd e2 ef|gagf edBd|(e/f/g) dB AGEF:||

Fermoy Lasses

Does anyone know who wrote this? I saw it attributed to Joe Cooley. Is this correct?

Not possible

Joe Cooley was born in 1924. "Fermoy Lasses" appears in "O’Neill’s 1001 Gems - The Dance Music of Ireland" printed in 1907.

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