Mother’s Delight reel

Also known as Mothers Delight, Paddy Fahy’s.

There are 165 recordings of a tune by this name.

Mother's Delight has been added to 111 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Mother's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
DE|:F2 FE F2 DE|FDGE FECE|Ddd^c defe|
decd ABcA|d2 dc AGAB|c2 cG E~C3|Dddc AGAB|cAGE EDDE:|
|:FAdA FD (3DDD|EGcG EC (3CCC|FAdA FDDF|
|EDCE D2 DE:|
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ABC
X: 2
T: Mother's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
DE |: FEDF Gz EG | FEDF GFEF | D2 d2 defe | decd ABcA |
dedc A3B | cBcA E/2F/2G FE | D2 dc AGAB |1 cAGF EDDE :|2 cAGF EDDE |
|: FAdA FDDF | EGcG ECCE | FAdA FDDF | EDCE D3E |
FAdA FDDF | EGcG ECCE | FAGE FEDC |1 A,DEF D3E :|2 A,DEF D2DE |]
ABC
X: 3
T: Mother's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
DE|:~F2 FD ~G2 GE|~F2 FD GECE |Ddd^c defe|~d2 dc ABcA|d^cd=c ~A2 AB|
cBcG ECCE|Dddc dcAB|~c2 GE ~D2DE:|:FAdA FD ~D2|EGcG EC ~C2|FAdA FD ~D2 |
|EDCE ~D2 DE |FAdA FD ~D2|EGcG ECCE|~F2 EF DCA,C|1 DFEC ~D2 DE:|2 DFEC ~D3||
ABC
X: 4
T: Mother's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d4 |: Bdgd BGGB | Ac=fc A=FFc | Bdgd BGGB | A/2c/2A ^FB AGGc |
Bdgd BGGB | Ac=fc A=FFc | _B2BA Bd=fd | cA^F=B AGGA :|
|: [D2_B2]BA [G2B2]GA | ~_B3d cBAB | Ggga g^fga | =bg{b}af defd |
gagf d^cde | =fdc_B A=F~F2 | Gg g/2g/2g dg=bg | =fdcA =BGGA :|
ABC
X: 5
T: Mother's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
DE|:F2 FE F2 DE|FEFA GECE|Ddd^c defe|
decd ABcA|d2 dc A3B|cbcG ECCE|Dddc A3B|AGEG FDDE:|
|:FAdA FDDF|EGcG ECDE|FAdA FDDF|
ABC
X: 6
T: Mother's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
DE|:F2 FE F2 DE|FEFA GECE|Ddd^c defe|
decd ABcA|d2 dc A3B|cbcG ECCE|Dddc A3_B|AGEG FDDE:|
|FAdA FDDF|EGcG ECDE|FAdA FDDF|(3EGE EC A,DDE
|FAdA FDDF|EGcG ECFE|Dddc A3_B|AGEG FDD2||
ABC
X: 7
T: Mother's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
z2 z c |: Bdgd BGGB | Ac=fc A=FFc | Bdgd BGGB | A/B/A DF AGGc |$ Bdgd BGGB | Ac=fc A=FFA |
_B/c/B =FA Bg=fd |1 cAFG AGGc :|2$ cAFG AGGA |[|: _B2 BA B2 GA | _BABd cBAB | Gdga gdga |
baaf defd |$ g/a/gfa gfde | =fdc_B A=FFA | Gg- g2 dgbg | fdcA BGGA :|]
ABC

Eleven comments

Mother’s Delight

Here’s the same reel as posted earlier but in D dorian. I thought this version was worth posting as a variation on the earlier post. This comes from the playing of Cait Reid in San Francisco.

Posted .

D dorian vs. E dorian

Lovely redition, Will. Have you ever heard the tune played in E Dorian? Does it belong in E dorian? I transposed it up for the sake of those people wedded to the D whistle. But whenever I’ve heard it at session (started by someone other than myself) it has been in D dorian at which point I’ve simply switched to a C whistle.

Played by Frankie Gavin

On his album w/Alec Finn c. 1977

Here’s Bohola’s version

X: 1
T:Mother’s Delight
M:C|
L:1/8
R:Reel
D:Bohola
Z:John Norvell
K:DDor
DE |: FEDF Gz EG | FEDF GFEF | D2 d2 defe | decd ABcA |
dedc A3B | cBcA E/2F/2G FE | D2 dc AGAB |1 cAGF EDDE :|2 cAGF EDDE |
|: FAdA FDDF | EGcG ECCE | FAdA FDDF | EDCE D3E |
FAdA FDDF | EGcG ECCE | FAGE FEDC |1 A,DEF D3E :|2 A,DEF D2DE |]

Mother’s Delight

This is the version I ended up playing learnt by ear from the playing of Frankie Gavin.

X: 1
T: Mother’s Delight
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Ddor
DE|:~F2 FD ~G2 GE|~F2 FD GECE |Ddd^c defe|~d2 dc ABcA|d^cd=c ~A2 AB|
cBcG ECCE|Dddc dcAB|~c2 GE ~D2DE:|:FAdA FD ~D2|EGcG EC ~C2|FAdA FD ~D2 |
|EDCE ~D2 DE |FAdA FD ~D2|EGcG ECCE|~F2 EF DCA,C|1 DFEC ~D2 DE:|2 DFEC ~D3||

A friend e-mailed me this interesting version in G, with lots of accidentals. I think it’s the Donegal version, recorded by people like Paul Shaughnessy and, I think, John Doherty.

X: 1
T: Mother’s Delight
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
d4 |: Bdgd BGGB | Ac=fc A=FFc | Bdgd BGGB | A/2c/2A ^FB AGGc |
Bdgd BGGB | Ac=fc A=FFc | _B2BA Bd=fd | cA^F=B AGGA :|
|: [D2_B2]BA [G2B2]GA | ~_B3d cBAB | Ggga g^fga | =bg{b}af defd |
gagf d^cde | =fdc_B A=F~F2 | Gg g/2g/2g dg=bg | =fdcA =BGGA :|

Paul O’Shaughnessy has recorded two distinct versions of the tune. The G version above is on "Within a Mile of Dublin." Yes, he cites John Doherty as the source.

Mother’s Delight

Yes, that version was transcribed from John Doherty on Bundle and Go, the mutual acquantance tells me.

Mother’s Delight

This is how I learned it here from a concertina playing friend. The first F is played very short. Like an eighth note and a rest. I like the second half of the second measure in the B part-it changes the pattern just a little.

X: 1
T: Mother’s Delight
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Ddor
DE|:F2 FE F2 DE|FEFA GECE|Ddd^c defe|
decd ABcA|d2 dc A3B|cbcG ECCE|Dddc A3B|AGEG FDDE:|
|:FAdA FDDF|EGcG ECDE|FAdA FDDF|
|(3EGE EC A,DDE:|

Mother’s Delight

Sorry, incorrect ABC above.

X: 1
T: Mother’s Delight
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Ddor
DE|:F2 FE F2 DE|FEFA GECE|Ddd^c defe|
decd ABcA|d2 dc A3B|cbcG ECCE|Dddc A3_B|AGEG FDDE:|
|FAdA FDDF|EGcG ECDE|FAdA FDDF|(3EGE EC A,DDE
|FAdA FDDF|EGcG ECFE|Dddc A3_B|AGEG FDD2||

Paul O’Shaughnessy From Youtube

This is transcribed from Paul O’Shaughnessy’s version from ITAM on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6eX7DSWnTg


I posted the first tune here:
http://thesession.org/tunes/79

X:1
T:Mother’s Delight
L:1/8
M:4/4
I:linebreak $
K:G
z2 z c |: Bdgd BGGB | Ac=fc A=FFc | Bdgd BGGB | A/B/A DF AGGc |$ Bdgd BGGB | Ac=fc A=FFA |
_B/c/B =FA Bg=fd |1 cAFG AGGc :|2$ cAFG AGGA |[|: _B2 BA B2 GA | _BABd cBAB | Gdga gdga |
baaf defd |$ g/a/gfa gfde | =fdc_B A=FFA | Gg- g2 dgbg | fdcA BGGA :|]