The Milltown Lasses reel

Also known as The Drake’s Neck, Muineál A’ Bhardail, Muineál A’Bhardail, Muineál An Bhardail.

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

The Milltown Lasses appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Milltown Lasses has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Milltown Lasses has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: The Milltown Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
EDDF ECCD|EDDF EGcG|EDDF ECCD|EGAB cBAG:|
Addc d3c|Adde fdec|Addc d2dc|AGAB cGEG|
Addc d3c|Adde fdeg|fdeg fdec|AcBd cAGF||
2
X: 2
T: The Milltown Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
FE~E2 FDA,D|FEEc d2AG|FE~E2 FDFA|Beef dBAG|
FE~E2 FDA,D|FEEc d2AG|FE~E2 FDFA|Beef dBAd||
Be~e2 efed|Beef gefd|Be~e2 efed|BABc dAFA|
Be~e2 efed|Beef gfef|gbaf gefd|(3Bcd ce dBAG||
3
X: 3
T: The Milltown Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
FE~E2 FD~D2|FE~E2 cdAG|FE~E2 FDFA|(3Bcd ef dcBA|
FE~E2 FDA,D|FE~E2 cdAG|FE~E2 FDFA|(3Bcd ef dAFA||
Bee^d efe=d|B^def gefd|Bee^d efe=d|(3Bcd ec dAFA|
Bee^d efe=d|B^def gdef|gabg fagf|gefd (3Bcd AG||
4
X: 4
T: The Milltown Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
AG|FEE2 FDDG|EF{E}FA dBAG|FEE2 FDDG|BecA dBAG|
FEE2 FDDG|EF{E}FA dBAG|FAEG FDDA|BecA dAFA||
Beed efed|(3Bcd ef gefd|Bdef gfed|ABBc dAFA|
Beed efed|(3Bcd ef gefg|af (3gfe fdeB|cgec dBAG||
5
X: 5
T: The Milltown Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
AG|FEE2 FDDG|EF{E}FA dBAG|FEE2 FDDG|BecA dBAG|
FEE2 FDDG|EF{E}FA dBAG|FAEG FDDA|BecA dAFA||
Beed efed|(3Bcd ef gefd|Bdef gfed|ABBc dAFA|
Beed efed|(3Bcd ef gefg|af (3gfe fdeB|cgec dBAG||
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6
X: 6
T: The Milltown Lasses
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
FE~E2 FD~D2|FE~E2 dBAB|FE~E2 FDFA|B/c/d AB FABA|
FE~E2 FD~D2|FE~E2 dBAB|FE~E2 FDFA|B/c/d AB FEE2||
Be~e2 fe~e2|Beec|dBA2|Be~e2 fe~e2|BABc dBA2|
Be~e2 fede|fgfe dcde|f/g/a ec dcBA|{c}BABc dBAG||

Ten comments

I probably should have posted it as Cmaj because it does resolve to C a lot in the first part, but on the recording the whole thing’s treated as a dorian tune, and it just sounds so nice that way! I’d say this is probably a northern version of the more familiar and widely recorded Mulqueen’s Reel https://thesession.org/tunes/66. I prefer this one, though.

I like it.

Cheers Dow!!!

The Milltown Lasses

This tune is from the Gunn book, a manuscript of tunes written down by John Gunn in the mid-19th century in the Loch Erne area of Fermanagh.

X: 2
James Byrne - The Road To Glenlough

X: 3
Frank Cassidy - Níl Gar Ann!

Re: The Drake’s Neck

Can be heard on James Byrne’s Road to Glenlough as Muineál a’Bhardail.

He plays it with a more D major feel in the 1st part, using 4th finger D drone.

The Drake’s Neck, X:6

This is a tune we got from mandolinist extraordinaire, Marla Fibish. She told me she learned it long ago in the traditional method. She heard it at a music party or some such event and hummed it to herself all the way home. When she arrived she got out her mandolin to establish it in her head and on her instrument. She didn’t know what the name was, but we eventually sorted out it was called, “The Drake’s Neck,” and that’s the name she gave it when her Trad band, “Three Mile Stone,” recorded it. It’s unique to all other versions I’ve heard so I think of it as Marla’s setting… which I really like and this is the way it’s usually played in sessions in the SF Bay Area.

https://youtu.be/vM1Qnt1NVcw