Mick O’Connor’s reel

Also known as Happy To Meet, Sorry To Part, Mick O’ Connor’s.

There are 36 recordings of a tune by this name.

Mick O'Connor's has been added to 47 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Mick O'Connor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A,B,DE FDED|B,EED EDB,D|A,B,DE FABc|dBAG FDDD|
A,B,DE FDED|B,EED EDB,E|A,B,DE FABc|dBAG FDDD:|
|:d2fd adfd|edBd edBA|defa defa|e2de fddc|
d2fd adfd|edBd edBA|faab afdf|1 gefd e4:|2 e2de fdd2||
ABC
X: 2
T: Mick O'Connor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|A,B,DA, FD{G}ED|B,E F/E/D EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDB,|
|G,A,2 G FD{G}ED|B,E F/E/D EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDB,|
|G,A,2 G FD{G}ED|B,E{G}ED EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDB,|
|G,A,2 G FD{G}ED|B,E F/E/D EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDA||
|d2 fa f{a}fa|edBd edBA|defa defa|eAde fddc|
|{c}d2 fa f{a}fa|edBd e/e/dBA|d3 a {b}afaf|eAde fddc|
|{c}d2 fa f{a}fa|edBd edBA|defa defa|eAde fddc|
|{c}d2 fa f{a}fa|edBd edBA|~d3 a {b}afaf|eAde fdd2 ||
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ABC
X: 3
T: Mick O'Connor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DB,||A,DDE F2ED|B,EED EFDB,|A,DDE FABc| dBAF EFDB,|
|A,DDE F2ED|B,EED EFDB,|A,DDE FABc|1 dBAF EFDB,:|2 dBAF EF (3ABc:|
d2fd adfd|edBA edBA|defa defd|e2de fddA|
d2fd adfd|edBA edBA|faab afdf|1 g2fd Beec:|2(3eee fe dB AF||
ABC
X: 4
T: Mick O'Connor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
A,B,DA, FD{G}ED|B,E F/E/D EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDB,|
G,A,2 G FD{G}ED|B,E F/E/D EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDB,|
G,A,2 G FD{G}ED|B,E{G}ED EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDB,|
G,A,2 G FD{G}ED|B,E F/E/D EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDA||
d2 fa fafa|edBd edBA|defa defa|eAde fddc|
{c}d2 fa fafa|edBd e/e/dBA|d3 a {b}afaf|eAde fddc|
{c}d2 fa fafa|edBd edBA|defa defa|eAde fddc|
{c}d2 fa fafa|edBd edBA|~d3 a {b}afaf|eAde fdd2 ||
# Added by Tøm .
ABC
X: 5
T: Mick O'Connor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: ABde fded | Beed efdB | ABde faba | dBAF EFDB |
A3g fded | Beed efdB | ABde faba |1 dBAF EDDB :|2 dBAF EDD2 ||
|: D3F AFFA | EDBD EDBA | DEFA DEFA | EADE FDD2 |
D3F AFFA | EDBD EDBD | F3A (3BAF AF |1 EADE FDD2 :|2 EADE FDDB ||
ABC
X: 6
T: Mick O'Connor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A3E FDED | DEED EFD2 | A2DE FABA | dBAF EFDB |
A3G FDED | DEED EFD2 | A2DE FABA |1 dBAF EDDB :|2 dBAF EDDA ||
|: d3f AffA | edBd edBA | defA defA | eAde fddc |
d2ef AffA | edBd edBd | f3A (3baf af |1 eAde fddc :|2 eAde fdd2 ||
ABC
X: 7
T: Mick O'Connor's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: DEGA BGAG | EAAG ABGE | DEGA Bded | gedB ABGE |
D3c BGAG | EAAG ABGE | DEGA Bded |1 gedB AGGE :|2 gedB AGGd ||
|: G3B dBBd | AGEG AGED | GABd GABd | ADGA BGGF |
G3B dBBd | AGEG AGEG | B3d (3edB dB |1 ADGA BGGF :|2 ADGA BGG2 ||
ABC

Twelve comments

Mick O’Connor’s

I learned this from the Fisherstreet album recently (listed as Happy To Meet, Sorry To Part), though I have heard it in sessions from time to time. There’s something uplifting about it…
Also, on banjo and fiddle ( and presumably box as well) you can play the A part in the upper octave or the B part in the lower octave to keep yourself (if no one else) amused.

Mick O’Connor’s

This tune somewhat reminds me of a nameless tune in this database: http://thesession.org/tunes/1498 Two tunes share a very similar first part though in different keys.I think "Happy to Meet, Sorry to Part" is the title given to a traditional jig, and probably not the correct title for this one. It’s probably Lunasa that popularised it in the sessions in U.S.

Update

"slainte" - take a look again at the link, I’ve finally identified that particular tune - not the same as this one.

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Yeah, two tunes are different, of course.

Need I mention, it was composed by legendary London banjo player, Mick O’Connor, who plays (almost) every monday at the Duke of York in Hanwell.

Mick O’Connor’s

So here’s the way Sean Smyth plays it on Lunasa’s Redwood cd. Besides being played as a slow reel, the notes are substantially different from the setting posted by Patrick above. Sean’s also tuned up a half step to Eb, but I’ve transcribed it in the standard D fingering. If you want to play along to the cd, you’ll have to tune up a half step.

What really makes the Lunasa setting work is Donogh and Trevor’s backing—I like the descending minor bass line in the B part, which they do only one out of each four times through the part, against the |edBd edBA| phrase.

X: 1
T: Mick O’Connor’s
C: Mick O’Connor
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
D: Redwood, Lunasa
Z: Will Harmon
K: D
|A,B,DA, FD{G}ED|B,E F/E/D EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDB,|
|G,A,2 G FD{G}ED|B,E F/E/D EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDB,|
|G,A,2 G FD{G}ED|B,E{G}ED EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDB,|
|G,A,2 G FD{G}ED|B,E F/E/D EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDA||
|d2 fa f{a}fa|edBd edBA|defa defa|eAde fddc|
|{c}d2 fa f{a}fa|edBd e/e/dBA|d3 a {b}afaf|eAde fddc|
|{c}d2 fa f{a}fa|edBd edBA|defa defa|eAde fddc|
|{c}d2 fa f{a}fa|edBd edBA|~d3 a {b}afaf|eAde fdd2 ||

Posted .

You’re welcome, Avery. I can listen to that track over and over all day.

Posted .

In Mick’s own words

Here’s a translation of a tab Mick wrote of his own tune and handed out at a recent banjo workshop. Of course Mick (in his inimitable style) would play the tune differently each time through anyway :)

X:1
T:Mick O’Connor’s
K:D
DB,||A,DDE F2ED|B,EED EFDB,|A,DDE FABc| dBAF EFDB,|
|A,DDE F2ED|B,EED EFDB,|A,DDE FABc|1 dBAF EFDB,:|2 dBAF EF (3ABc:|
d2fd adfd|edBA edBA|defa defd|e2de fddA|
d2fd adfd|edBA edBA|faab afdf|1 g2fd Beec:|2(3eee fe dB AF||

Duplication

http://www.thesession.org/tunes/9237

Submitted on January 7th 2009 by kings taxes.

X: 1
T: Mick O’Connor’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Emin
A,B,DA, FD{G}ED|B,E F/E/D EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDB,|
G,A,2 G FD{G}ED|B,E F/E/D EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDB,|
G,A,2 G FD{G}ED|B,E{G}ED EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDB,|
G,A,2 G FD{G}ED|B,E F/E/D EFDB,|A,B,DE FABc|dBAF EFDA||
d2 fa fafa|edBd edBA|defa defa|eAde fddc|
{c}d2 fa fafa|edBd e/e/dBA|d3 a {b}afaf|eAde fddc|
{c}d2 fa fafa|edBd edBA|defa defa|eAde fddc|
{c}d2 fa fafa|edBd edBA|~d3 a {b}afaf|eAde fdd2 ||

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Mick O’Connor’s

Two additional arrangements, probably roughly after Lunasa’s version.

And in G major.