The Macroom Lasses reel

Also known as Farrel O’Gara’s Favourite, Farrell O’Gara’s Favorite, Hilary’s Choice, The Lasses, Macroom, Macroom Lass, The Macroom Lass, Macroom Lassies, The Macroom Lassies, The Macroom, The Macroon Lasses, Old Joe Sife.

There are 14 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Controversial (a few times) and Trolley’s (a few times).

The Macroom Lasses has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Macroom Lasses has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Macroom Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:EAAc B2gf|eccB cAFA|EFAc B2gf|eccB cAA2:|
|:aefa e2ce|dBBA BF~F2|aefa eac'a|babc' ~a3b|
c'afa e2ce|dBBA BF~F2|EFAc B2gf|eccB cAA2:||
X: 2
T: The Macroom Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:EAAc B2af|(3efe cA BAFA|EAAc B2af|ecdB cAAF|
EAAc B2af|(3efe cA BAFA|EAAc B2af|ecdB cAA2:||
|:aefa (3efe ce|dBcA BAFA|aefa eac'a|babc' a2ab|
c'afa (3efe ce|dBcA BAFA|EAAc B2af|ecdB cAA2:||
X: 3
T: The Macroom Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D~G3 A2 ge | dBcA BGEG | DG E/F/G ~A2 ge | dBAc BGG :|
gdeg d2 Bd | cABG A ~E3 | gdeg dgbg | agab g2 ga |
bgeg d/e/d B/c/d | cABG AG E/F/G | D~G3 A/B/A ge | dB c/B/A BGG ||

Five comments

This is basically the same tune as Farrel O’Gara’s Schottische, posted a few days ago by macsheoinin, but in a different rhythm. I decided to post it as a separate tune because I mentioned it in the discussion on single reels. In this case, the A-part is single (8 bars, including repeat), while the B-part is double(16 bars, including repeat).

For fiddle/mandolin/banjo players, this tune just slides off the fingers. Even the change of position required to reach the high C#s in the B-part comes easily once you get the hang of it. Refer to macsheoinin’s comments on the schottische version for technical tips.

Another setting (and another title)

Josephine Keegan has this as "Hilary’s Choice" in her recent publication, "A Drop In The Ocean". Interestingly, she has it as a pure double reel.

X:1
T:Hilary’s Choice
M:4/4
R:Reel
K:A
|:EAAc B2af|(3efe cA BAFA|EAAc B2af|ecdB cAAF|
EAAc B2af|(3efe cA BAFA|EAAc B2af|ecdB cAA2:||
|:aefa (3efe ce|dBcA BAFA|aefa eac’a|babc’ a2ab|
c’afa (3efe ce|dBcA BAFA|EAAc B2af|ecdB cAA2:||

“The Macroom Lasses” / “The Macroom Reel” ~ G Major

K: G Major
|: E |
D~G3 A2 ge | dBcA BGEG | DG E/F/G ~A2 ge | dBAc BGG :|
gdeg d2 Bd | cABG A ~E3 | gdeg dgbg | agab g2 ga |
bgeg d/e/d B/c/d | cABG AG E/F/G | D~G3 A/B/A ge | dB c/B/A BGG ||