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.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Sporting Paddy (a few times), The Maid Behind The Bar (a few times), Cooley’s (a few times), The Foxhunter’s (a few times).

The Fermoy Lasses has been added to 668 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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