Over The Moor To Maggie reel

Also known as Green Meadows, Little Christmas, O’er The Moor To Maggie, Over The Moor To Maggie’s, Over The Moore To Maggie, Over The Moors To Maggie, Rakes Of Abeyfale, Rowenella.

There are 89 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Bucks Of Oranmore (a few times), The Concertina (a few times) and Coleman’s Cross (a few times).

Over The Moor To Maggie has been added to 26 tune sets.

Over The Moor To Maggie has been added to 946 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: Over The Moor To Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DE|G2GA B2Bd|efge dBAG|EAAG ABAG|EAAG AcBA|
GFGA BABd|efge dBAG|DGGF GBAG|EDEF G2:|
|:ga|b2bg a2af|g2ge fedB|eaag abag|eaag a2 ga|
b2bg a2af|g2ge fedB|dggf gbag|edef g2:|
|:cd|e2ec d2dB|c2cA BAGD|EAAG ABAG|EAAG ABcd|
e2ec d2dB|c2cA BAGE|DGGF GBAG|EDEF G2:|
X: 2
T: Over The Moor To Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA|~G3A BABd|efge dBAG|E~A3 BGAG|EAAG A2BA|
~G3A BABd|efge dBAG|E~G3 B2AG|EGGF G2:|
ga|b~g3 agef|~g3e d2Bd|e~a3 b2ag|eaag a2ga|
b~g3 agef|~g3e d2Bd|e~g3 bgag|eggf g2:|
Bd|e3c d2dB|c3A B2AG|E~A3 BGAG|EAAG A2Bd|
efge d~B3|c~A3 B2AG|E~G3 B2AG|EGGF G2:|
X: 3
T: Over The Moor To Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BA|~G3A BABd|efge dBAG|E~A3 BGAG|EAAG A2BA|
~G3A BABd|efge dBAG|E~G3 AGFE|DGGF G2:|
ga|b~g3 agef|~g3e d2Bd|e~a3 b2ag|eaag a2ga|
b~g3 agef|~g3e d2Bd|e~g3 agfe|dggf g2:|
Bd|e3c d2dB|c3A B2AG|E~A3 BGAG|EAAG A2Bd|
efge d~B3|c~A3 B2AG|E~G3 AGFE|DGGF G2:|
X: 4
T: Over The Moor To Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
"G"DEGA B2 d2|edgd edBA|"Am"E(A A)B AGED|EGAB "D"A2 (D2|
"G"D)EGA Bdef|gfga gedB|"C"ABGA "Am"BGAG|1"D"E(G G)A "G"G4:|2"D"E(G G)A
"G"G2||:ga|
"G"b2 bg "D"a2 af|"C"gage "G"dB A2|"Am"e(a a)(a a)b ag|(3efg) ab "D"a2 g
"G"b2 bg "D"a2 af|"C"gage "G"dB A2|"C"ABGA "Am"BGAG|1"D"E(G G)A "G"G2:|2
X: 5
T: Over The Moor To Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FE |: D3 E FDFA | BcdB AFED | B,E (3EEE EFED | B,E (3EEE EGFE |
D3 E FDFA | BcdB AFED | B,D (3DDD FDED |1 A,DDE D2 FE :|2 A,DDE D2 de ||
|: fd (3ddd edBc | cddB A2 FA | Beed efed | Beed e2 de |
fd (3ddd edBc | cddB A2 FA | Bd (3ddd fded |1 Addc d2 de :|2 Addc d2 FA ||
ABBG GAAF | FGGE F2 ED | B,E (3EEE EFED | B,E (3EEE EFGA |
ABBG GAAF | FGGE F2 ED | B,D (3DDD FDED |1 A,DDE D2 FA :|2 A,DDE D4 ||
AB (3BBG GA (3AAF | FG (3GGE F2 ED | B,E (3EEE EFED | B,E (3EEE EFGA |
X: 6
T: Over The Moor To Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3DEF|G3A BABd|efge dBAG|EAAG ABAG|EAAG AcBA|
GFGA BABd|efge dBAG|EGGF GBAG|EDEF G2:|
|:ga|b3g a3f|g3e d2 Bd|eaag abag|eaag a2 ga|
b3g a3f|g3e d2 Bd|eggf gbag|edef g2:|
|:cd|e3c d3B|c2cA B2 AG|EAAG ABAG|EAAG ABcd|
e3c d2dB|c2cA B2 AG|EGGF GBAG|EDEF G2:|
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X: 7
T: Over The Moor To Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: "G"G3A BG Bd | "Em"ef ge "G"dB AG | "Am"EA AG "D"AB AG | "Am"EA AG "D"A2 DE |
"G"G3A BG Bd | "Em"ef ge "G"dB AG | "Em"EG G2 "G"BG AG |1 EG GF G2 DE :|2 EG GF G2 ga |
|: "G"b3g "D"a3f | "C"ga ge "G"d2 Bd | "Am"ea ag "D"ab ag | "Am"ea ag "D"a2 ga |
"G"bg g2 "D"af f2 | "C"ga ge "G"d2 Bd | "Em"eg g2 "G"bg ag |1 eg gf "G"g2 ga :|2 eg gf "G"g2 Bd |
|: "C"e3c "G"d2 dB | "Am"c2 cA "G"B2 AG | "Am"EA AG "D"AB AG | "Am"EA AG "D"AB cd |
"C"e3c "G"de dB | "Am"cA A2 "G"B2 AG | "Em"EG G2 "G"BG AG |1 EG GF G2 Bd :|2 EG GF G4 |
X: 8
T: Over The Moor To Maggie
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G2{A}G2-|G2A {c}BA (3Bcd e|z2{a}ge dB{c}AG|E~A3.Bz AG|EA{c}AG AcBA|
J~G3A BA (3Bcd|.e z{a}ge dB{c}AG|E~G3.Bz{c}AG|EGFA G2z2|B~G3A{c}BA B/c/|
dez {a}gedB{c}A|GE~A3.Bz {c}A|GEA{c}AGAcB|A~G3ABA B/c/|dez {a}gedB{c}A|
GE~G3.Bz{c}A|GEGFAGz2|aJb~g3{c'}age|Jf{a}fg{a}ged2B/c/|de~a3.bz {c'}a|
gea{c'}ag.az {a}g|aJ.b~g3{c'}age|f{a}gf{a}ged2B/c/|de~a3.bz {c'}a|gegfag2z|
aJb~g3{c'}age|f{a}gf{a}ged2B/c/|de~a3.bz {c'}a|gea{c'}ag{b}a{c'}ag|a.bz gJg{c'}age|
f{a}fg{a}ged2B/c/|de~a3.bz {c'}a|gegfaJg2z|zJe4d3-|dc3AB{c}BA|
GE~A3.Bz {c}A|GEA{c}AGABc|d~e3Bd//c//d//c// d B|dc~A3.Bz {c}A|
GE~G3BA{c}A|GEGFAGAB|dJe4d3-|dc3AB{c}BA|GE~A3.Bz {c}A|
GEA{c}AGABc|d~e3Bd/c/ d B|dc~A3.Bz {c}A|GE~G3BA{c}A|GEGFAG2z|

Twenty-one comments

This tune might present some tricky fingering especially in the final phrases. Play these phrases slowly until you have them mastered.

The second and third parts are very similar to one another. The second part can be tricky because it goes so high.

In the third part try playing these notes with equal emphasis: EC DB CA.

Great tune. Thanks Jeremy. Love your selection of tunes and especially your ideas on how to phrase things.

Class tune

i think it’s one of the most outstanding collection of notes in this tradition and always a sheer pleasure to back

Over the Moor to Maggie

I learned a somewhat different version of the tune: you will find some twists in it.

K: Gmaj
BA|~G3A BABd|efge dBAG|E~A3 BGAG|EAAG A2BA|
~G3A BABd|efge dBAG|E~G3 B2AG|EGGF G2:|
ga|b~g3 agef|~g3e d2Bd|e~a3 b2ag|eaag a2ga|
b~g3 agef|~g3e d2Bd|e~g3 bgag|eggf g2:|
Bd|e3c d2dB|c3A B2AG|E~A3 BGAG|EAAG A2Bd|
efge d~B3|c~A3 B2AG|E~G3 B2AG|EGGF G2:|

I really love Niall and Cillian Vallely’s very relaxed duet playing of the tune. Nice version too.

Correction

Sorry, I made some mistakes when posting my own version of the tune in the previous comment. Actually I copied a transcription from somewhere and left the endings of each part unchanged. The transcription below is the correct transcription of what I have learned and enjoy playing.

K: Gmaj
BA|~G3A BABd|efge dBAG|E~A3 BGAG|EAAG A2BA|
~G3A BABd|efge dBAG|E~G3 AGFE|DGGF G2:|
ga|b~g3 agef|~g3e d2Bd|e~a3 b2ag|eaag a2ga|
b~g3 agef|~g3e d2Bd|e~g3 agfe|dggf g2:|
Bd|e3c d2dB|c3A B2AG|E~A3 BGAG|EAAG A2Bd|
efge d~B3|c~A3 B2AG|E~G3 AGFE|DGGF G2:|

Band

Folkestra also do a great version of this tune with an amazing whistle solo from Matthew Dean. They then go into Shirley’s reel by Willy Taylor

Waynesboro?

Do the American fiddlers play this tune in A and call it Waynesboro? They miss out the middle bit as it would take them to high C sharp on the E string. There’s a good version by Rodney Miller on Airplang.

Waynesboro

Yes, its a WV tune. In G. I ve never heard it in A. Seems related to me.

I had the pleasure of playing this with Alan Jabbour one night. He called it Waynesboro, and we played it in G, but he wanted to leave off the C part, even making a sour face the first time I played through it.

We had a bit of back-and-forth ribbing over whether the tune was Irish, Scottish, or originally American and taken back to the isles. Alan said all the Irish tunes come from someplace else anyway, and I countered by saying yes, but the Irish improve on them. :o) It was a great night of tunes common in both Irish and Appalachian traditions, Alan’s infectious lift and inventiveness leading us all astray. (Grinning now as I recollect that evening.)

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Waynesboro

Played this tune at two sessions on two consecutive nights. Well a session and a ‘pick’. On the second night it dawned on me that Over teh Moor to Maggie and Waynesboro were basically the same tune. Here is the version of Waynesboro that jogged my memory.

T:Waynesboro
M:2/2
L:1/8
K:G
"G"DEGA B2 d2|edgd edBA|"Am"E(A A)B AGED|EGAB "D"A2 (D2|
"G"D)EGA Bdef|gfga gedB|"C"ABGA "Am"BGAG|1"D"E(G G)A "G"G4:|2"D"E(G G)A
"G"G2||:ga|
"G"b2 bg "D"a2 af|"C"gage "G"dB A2|"Am"e(a a)(a a)b ag|(3efg) ab "D"a2 g
a|
"G"b2 bg "D"a2 af|"C"gage "G"dB A2|"C"ABGA "Am"BGAG|1"D"E(G G)A "G"G2:|2
"D"E(G G)A "G"G2||

Liveline

Good afternoon to yoooouu and yer very welcome to liveline…

Secret Of Roan Inish

This song was in the Movie "secret of Roan Inish; if you can check it out! I highly recommend it!

This tune is in the Gunn Book (Fermanagh 1865) as the Rakes of Abeyfale (2 parts)

A hint of Carolan?

Drop the C part and this tune could pass as a cousin of Planxty George Brabazon.

Played in D

Sheila Garry and Bríd Cranitch play it in D (on Irish Session Tunes - The Orange Book) and it leads nicely into Dowd’s Number Nine
I find it easier to play in D as it avoids the high B.

Variation

This is how my banjo currently plays this tune (adapted from the Brid Crannitch version):
X:1
T:Over the Moor
S:Irish Session Tubes. The Orange Book. Brid Crannitch. Ossian. (2003) p.7 number 12.1
N:Variation by Edgar Bolton
N:In key of D rather than more commonly played key of G
Z:Edgar Bolton
M:4/4
R:Reel
K:D
FE |: D3 E FDFA | BcdB AFED | B,E (3EEE EFED | B,E (3EEE EGFE |
D3 E FDFA | BcdB AFED | B,D (3DDD FDED |1 A,DDE D2 FE :|2 A,DDE D2 de ||
|: fd (3ddd edBc | cddB A2 FA | Beed efed | Beed e2 de |
fd (3ddd edBc | cddB A2 FA | Bd (3ddd fded |1 Addc d2 de :|2 Addc d2 FA ||
ABBG GAAF | FGGE F2 ED | B,E (3EEE EFED | B,E (3EEE EFGA |
ABBG GAAF | FGGE F2 ED | B,D (3DDD FDED |1 A,DDE D2 FA :|2 A,DDE D4 ||

And sometimes the banjo gets a bit over-excited and tries to play the last section like this:

AB (3BBG GA (3AAF | FG (3GGE F2 ED | B,E (3EEE EFED | B,E (3EEE EFGA |

Althiugh I try to hang on to the banjo while it does all this, it seems to know what it’s doing all by itself. I’m more passenger than driver it seems :)

Over The Moor To Maggie, X:7

Learned from an old friend, I like the way this flows.

Over The Moor To Maggie, X:8

This ornamented version is from piper Martin Nolan’s CD, Bright Silver Dark Wood and played on his Cillian O’Briain Low D whistle. I’ve transcribed it from the CD along with Air From France and he apparently plays them together. See https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBug9XztVVE.