The Flowers Of The Red Mill reel

Also known as Anderson’s, Anderson’s No. 2, Flower Of The Red Mill, The Flower Of The Red Mill, The Flowers Of Red Mill, Micho Russell’s, The Wild Irishman.

There are 166 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Maudabawn Chapel (lots of times), O’Rourke’s (lots of times), The Green Gates (a few times), The Mason’s Apron (a few times).

The Flowers Of The Red Mill has been added to 58 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Flowers Of The Red Mill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:fg|aged BG~G2|BGdG eGdG|aged BG~G2|BddB A2:|
Bd|eaaf ~g3d|eaaf gfed|eaaf ga~a2|gede BAAd|
eaaf ~g3d|eaaf gfga|bgaf gedg|eBdB A2|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Flowers Of The Red Mill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
gfdc AFFE|F2cF dFcf|gfdc AFFG|(3ABc dc AG~G2|
gfdc AFFE|~F3c dFcf|gfdc AFFG|Afdc AG~G2||
g2ga ~f3c|dfcf dfc2|~g3a ~f3c|dfcA AG~G2|
~g3a ~f3c|dfcf defg|gagf fdcd|fdcA AG~G2||
aged BGGF|G2dG eGdg|aged BGGA|(3Bcd ed BA~A2|
aged BGGF|~G3d eGdg|aged BGGA|Bged BA~A2||
a2ab ~g3d|egdg egd2|~a3b ~g3d|egdB BA~A2|
~a3b ~g3d|egdg efga|abag gede|gedB BA~A2||
ABC
X: 3
T: The Flowers Of The Red Mill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
aged BAGA|(3BAG dG eGdG|aged BAGA|B2dB BAA2:|
~a3f g2ag|eaaf gedg|~a3f g2ag|egdB BAA2|
~a3f g2ag|eaaf gedg|bgaf gedB|egdB BAA2||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Flowers Of The Red Mill
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
aged BG~G2|G2dG eGde|aged BGGA|BedB BA^ce:|
~a2af g2fg|eaaf gedg|ea~a2 g2ab|gedB BA^ce|
abfa (3gbg fg|ea~a2 gedg|bgag gedg|egdB BA~a2||
ABC

Seventeen comments

Anderson’s

For backing I group this tune in my head with tunes like Midsummer’s Night - Ador tunes that aren’t straight-forward to put chords to. You can take it right out of its mode and do weird things with it. I like to throw F nats in at bar 6 like this: |=FG~G2 EGDa| or |=FGEG DGGg|

Micho Russell’s

Here’s the version that appears on Slide’s "Flying Pig". It has a B-part that sounds a bit like "Miss McGuinness" http://www.thesession.org/tunes/1397

K:Gdor
gfdc AFFE|F2cF dFcf|gfdc AFFG|(3ABc dc AG~G2|
gfdc AFFE|~F3c dFcf|gfdc AFFG|Afdc AG~G2||
g2ga ~f3c|dfcf dfc2|~g3a ~f3c|dfcA AG~G2|
~g3a ~f3c|dfcf defg|gagf fdcd|fdcA AG~G2||

Transposed into Ador —

K:Ador
aged BGGF|G2dG eGdg|aged BGGA|(3Bcd ed BA~A2|
aged BGGF|~G3d eGdg|aged BGGA|Bged BA~A2||
a2ab ~g3d|egdg egd2|~a3b ~g3d|egdB BA~A2|
~a3b ~g3d|egdg efga|abag gede|gedB BA~A2||

Is Anderson a Wild Irishman?

I was about to post this reel under a different title. As far as I know, this tune appears in two recordings: Paul McGrattan and Paul O’Shaughnessy’s "Within a Mile of Dublin"; and Catherine and John McEvoy’s "Kilmore Fancy." Two Pauls play it as a Sligo version of "The Wild Irishman," while McEvoys call it "The Flowers of the Red Mill (aka The Flowers of the Red Hill)." Really confusing! Please add some more info of this tune if you know it.

I forgot to add this tune is followed by "The Pretty Girls of Mayo" on the both recordings mentioned above, which seems not merely an accident.

Anderson’s

Here is another transcription of the tune based the flute & fiddle duet playing of McGrattan & O’Shaughnessy and that of McEvoys. The second part is more or less my interpretation though.

K: Ador
aged BAGA|(3BAG dG eGdG|aged BAGA|B2dB BAA2:|
~a3f g2ag|eaaf gedg|~a3f g2ag|egdB BAA2|
~a3f g2ag|eaaf gedg|bgaf gedB|egdB BAA2||

Let Down the Blade by Dervish

Micho Russel`s (The Flowers Of The Red Mill reel) is given here as the first tune in the Let Down the Blade set from Playing with Fire by Dervish. This is obviously a mistake, `cause this is a set of slides, two of which I easily found in the web but the first is a problem. Can someone help?

It’s pretty easy. You go to "search" and then type "Micho" into the box. This gives you a bunch of tunes, all called Micho Russell’s. You scan down until you come to one that says "slide" and then you click on it, and lo and behold, you get this tune: http://www.thesession.org/tunes/958.

Let Down the Blade by Dervish

Thank you very much. It`s really easy :).

Wild Irishman

Slainte mentioned one recording that calls this The Wild Irishman. That’s what Micheal O Raghallaigh called it when he played it at a workshop I attended.

A Flute Classic

This reel has been recorded by at least 4 flute players in the last few years: Peter Horan, Catherine McEvoy with John McEvoy on the fiddle, John Blake with Lamond Gillespie on the fiddle, and James Carty. Well, James Carty actually plays it with John and John P. Carty both on the flute!

I read somewhere that John McKenna first recorded it in the 1920s.

This is certainly the tune that shows up as The Wild Irishman’ in Bulmer & Sharpley’s "Music of Ireland" books (book 3, #36).

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