McGovern’s Favourite reel

Also known as A Trip In The Meadows, The Conneberry, The Cottage In The Grove, The Crooked, Maurice Casey’s Fancy, Maurice Casey’s Favorite, Mc Govern’s Favourite, McGovern’s, McGovern’s Favorite, Mike Flynn’s, Rogha Mhic Shamhrain, The Village In The Grove.

There are 60 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Tom Ward’s Downfall (a few times), The Mountain Top (a few times), The Dawn (a few times).

McGovern's Favourite has been added to 94 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: McGovern's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EG |: A2 AB AGED | GABd edBd | eaag egdB | AcBA GEDG |
EAAB AGED | GABd edBd | eaag egdB |1 AcBG A2 cB :|2 AcBG A2 (3efg ||
|: a2 ab agef | gedB GABd | eaaf gedB | AcBA GED2 |
[1 eaab agef | gedB GABd | eaag egdB | AcBG A2 (3efg :|
[2 EAAB AGED | GABd edBd | eaag egdB | AcBG A2 cB ||
"Variation"
|: ~A3 B AGED | GA (3Bcd edBd | eaag (3ege dB | AcBA GEDG |
EAAB AGED | GA (3Bcd ed (3Bcd | eaag (3ege dB |1 AcBG A2 cB :|2 AcBG A2 (3efg ||
~a3 b agef | gedB GA (3Bcd | eaaf gedB | AcBA GED2 |
eaab agef | ~g3 e dG (3Bcd | eaag (3ege dB | AcBG A2 (3efg |
~a3 b agef | gedB GA (3Bcd | eaaf gedB | (3ABc BA GEDG |
EAAB AGED | GA (3Bcd edBd | eaag (3ege dB | AcBG A2 cB ||
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ABC
X: 2
T: McGovern's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A2BG AGEF|GABd (3efg dg|eaaf gedB|(3ABc BG AGEG|
A2BG AGEF|GABd (3efg dg|eaaf gedB|(3ABc BG A4:||
|:a2ba gefa|gedB AGEG|g2af gedB|(3ABc BG A2Ag|
a2ba gefa|gedB AGEF|GABd (3efg dg|eaaf gedB:||
ABC
X: 3
T: McGovern's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
B|~A3G GEDE|G2Bd edBd|eaaf gedB|AcBG AGEG|
~A3G GEDE|G2Bd edBd|egfa gedB|AcBG A3:|
z|a2ab agef|gedB G2Bd|eaaf gedB|AcBG AGE2|
~a3b agef|gedB G2Bd|egfa gedB|AcBG A3z|
a2ab agef|gedB G2Bd|eaaf gedB|AcBG AGEG|
~A3G GEDE|G2Bd edBd|egfa gedB|AcBG A3||
ABC
X: 4
T: McGovern's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A>AAB GEDE|G2 Bd edBd|ea a2 gedB|A z BG AGED|A>AAB GEDE|G2 Bd edBd|
ea a2 gedB|AcBG A2 z2::a>aab agef|gedB G2 (3Bcd|egfa gedB|
A z BG AGed|a>aab agef|gedB G2 (3Bcd|ea a2 gedB|AcBG A2 z2:|]
ABC
X: 5
T: McGovern's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A3B GEDE|GA (3Bcd edBd|eaaf gedB|AcBG AGEG|
EAAB GEDE|GA (3Bcd ed (3Bcd|eaaf gedB|AcBG A3:|
|:a2ab agef|gedB GABd|egfa gedB|AcBG AG E2|
a3b agef|gedB GABd|eaaf gedB|gbaf gedB :|
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ABC
X: 6
T: McGovern's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A3B GEDE|G2Bd edBd|ea~a2 gedB|AcBG AGEG|
A2AB GEDE|G2Bd edBd|ea~a2 gedB|1 AcBG A4:|2 (3ABc BG A4||
a3b agef|gedB G2Bd|(3efg fa gedB|AcBG AGEG|
a3b agef|gedB G2Bd|(3efg fa gede|gbaf gedB||
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Eighteen comments

McGovern’s Favorite

Over the years here, we’ve debated the wisdom of posting plain settings of tunes versus settings that show typical ornamentation. So this post is partly in response—trying to satisfy both sides. It’s also my personal reaction to learning tunes on both fiddle (which I’ve played for way too long to still be this shoddy) and flute (which always sounds good to me despite —or is that because of—how new I am to the instrument). The plain version is easier to make sense of on fiddle. The ornamented version is based on the flute playing of Michael Clarkson.

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Ornaments

So Jeremy, did you disengage the midi function that used to always stumble through the roll? It’s much better this way—while the reader can see the tilde and play a roll, the midi stays on beat. I hope this is a permanent change to the site?

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Thank you

What a great help for learning a tune! In a perfect world we could be catching them all by ear from a traditional source, but this does a lot to bridge the gap resulting from trying to learn off "the dots." Nicely done, and much appreciated!

This title was attached to the tune by Paddy Killoran, who recorded it in New York a long time ago. It was played as a hornpipe called "Fitzpatrick’s" in Sliabh Luachra and recorded in that style by Paddy Cronin.

Another Setting

From Josephine Keegan’s Collection, A Drop In The Ocean. She calls the tune "The Cottage In The Grove".

X:1
T:The Cottage In The Grove
M:4/4
R:Reel
K:ADor
|:A2BG AGEF|GABd (3efg dg|eaaf gedB|(3ABc BG AGEG|
A2BG AGEF|GABd (3efg dg|eaaf gedB|(3ABc BG A4:||
|:a2ba gefa|gedB AGEG|g2af gedB|(3ABc BG A2Ag|
a2ba gefa|gedB AGEF|GABd (3efg dg|eaaf gedB:||

A Trip in the Meadows (aka. McGovern’s Favourite)

Here’s my flute version of the tune inspired by the playing of East Galway musician Sean Moloney.

K: Ador
B|~A3G GEDE|G2Bd edBd|eaaf gedB|AcBG AGEG|
~A3G GEDE|G2Bd edBd|egfa gedB|AcBG A3:|
z|a2ab agef|gedB G2Bd|eaaf gedB|AcBG AGE2|
~a3b agef|gedB G2Bd|egfa gedB|AcBG A3z|
a2ab agef|gedB G2Bd|eaaf gedB|AcBG AGEG|
~A3G GEDE|G2Bd edBd|egfa gedB|AcBG A3||

Well, on the recording Sean Moloney misses out or repeats some bits of the tune too much, so this is a reconstructed version which fits on the flute. Sean is one of the most beautiful flute players I’ve ever come across in person, but he plays this tune on the fiddle. I’m not familiar with the East Galway fiddle style, but his haunting fiddle playing has some echoes of great Clare fiddlers such as Bobby Casey.

As for the tune itself, he cites Lucy Farr as the source of the tune. On a different page of the notes, he writes Lucy Farr and his grandfather Stephen Moloney were neighbours in Ballinakill, a place which has produced many well-known musicians such as Joe Burke, Mike Rafferty, etc. I just passed through the area a few times, but will hopefully explore the scene there someday.

Mike Flynn’s (aka. McGovern’s Favourite)

A variant of this tune can be found on Mike and Mary Rafferty’s album ‘Old Fireside Music’ (1998). Frank Claudy told me he learned it from Billy McComisky, who learned it from Sean McGlynn, who got it from Kevin Keegan, who got it from Mike Flynn, originally from Co. Sligo, later of New York. Mike Rafferty learned it straight from Flynn. I undestand that Mike Flynn participated in the Paddy Killoran recording of "McGovern’s Favourite", so he would have given it that name.

I was first aware of the tune as "Cottage In the Grove" from an Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey recording. It’s also in O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland as "Maurice Casey’s Fancy", and in Ceol Rince na h’Eireann other names mentioned include "The Village in the Grove" and "The Conberry Reel".

X:175
T:Mike Flynn’s
D:Mike & Mary Rafferty, The Old Fireside Music (1998)
N:Transposed from C dorian
Z:Nigel Gatherer
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:A dorian
A>AAB GEDE|G2 Bd edBd|ea a2 gedB|A z BG AGED|A>AAB GEDE|G2 Bd edBd|
ea a2 gedB|AcBG A2 z2::a>aab agef|gedB G2 (3Bcd|egfa gedB|
A z BG AGed|a>aab agef|gedB G2 (3Bcd|ea a2 gedB|AcBG A2 z2:|]

Mike Flynn’s (aka. McGovern’s Favourite)

The Mike Rafferty recording is in C dorian, but it has been suggested that he was playing it on an F flute; on a D flute it would come out in A dorian.

So, Mike Rafferty didn’t learn it from his neighbours in Ballinakill, East Galway. My transcription above can be traced back to Lucy Farr, who was also from Ballinakill.

Mike Flynn’s (aka. McGovern’s Favourite)

Hello Hiro - how are you?

It’s perfectly possible that Mike Rafferty knew the tune from his home town, but on his CD, he says "I Learned [this reel] from Mike Flynn, a great flute player from Co. Sligo now living in New York."

I transcribed "Mike Flynn’s" in 2000. Shortly afterward an acquaintance from Cyberspace mentioned it to Mike Rafferty, who played it. My friend said "…he seemed really happy to be reminded of the tune and was all smiles when he finished playing it." He also wanted to know what instrument I was playing it on (it was mandolin).

Trouble In The Kitchen did a great version of this on their 2nd album ‘When The World Was Wide’. You should learn that one, Slainte.

We got the version we play from Randal Bays. He plays the 8th bar of the B-part up an octave. I asked him how he came across this version and he said that himself and Joel decided to do it because the B-part seemed too repetative and it added a little variation and punch.

Jerry O’Sullivan’s Version

X: 1
T: McGovern’s Favourite
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Ador
|:A3B GEDE|GA(3Bcd edBd|eaaf gedB|AcBG AGEG|
EAAB GEDE|GA(3Bcd ed(3Bcd|eaaf gedB|AcBG A3:|
|:a2ab agef|gedB GABd|egfa gedB|AcBG AG E2|
a3b agef|gedB GABd|eaaf gedB|gbaf gedB :|

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McGovern’s

Kevin Burke and Ged Foley just call it McGovern’s and they play it in E- dorian. Interesting, but not suitable für whistlers and flute players.

Yet Another …

At the "local" session in New Haven CT it is played AAB.
Like so …

X: 1
T: McGovern’s Favourite
C: Trad
M: C|
K: Ador
A3B GEDE|G2Bd edBd|ea~a2 gedB|AcBG AGEG|
A2AB GEDE|G2Bd edBd|ea~a2 gedB|1 AcBG A4:|2 (3ABc BG A4||
a3b agef|gedB G2Bd|(3efg fa gedB|AcBG AGEG|
a3b agef|gedB G2Bd|(3efg fa gede|gbaf gedB||

It seems a little abrupt to me, but I’m not the leader so …

Mc Govern’s Favorite

Just learned this tune as June Mac Cormack plays it: the second part is not repeatet and has a different ending. Both versions are great!