John McFadden’s Favourite reel

Also known as John McFadden’s, John McFadden’s Favorite, McFadden’ Favorite, McFadden’s Favorite, McFadden’s Favourite.

There are 32 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Kilty Town (a few times), Maudabawn Chapel (a few times), Cros An Lomanaigh (a few times) and Rigney’s (a few times).

John McFadden’s Favourite has been added to 4 tune sets.

John McFadden's Favourite has been added to 96 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: John McFadden's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2FG EB,DB,|G,A,B,D EA,A,2|DGGF G2ef|gedc BcBA|
G/G/G FG E2DB,|G,A,B,D EA,A,2|DGGF G2ef|gedc BGG2||
~g2ga ag(3agf|gabg eaaf|g2dg bgag|(3efg dc BGG2|
~g2ga ag(3agf|gabg eaaf|~g2ga gfed|(3Bcd gd egdB||
X: 2
T: John McFadden's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
g2fg eBdB|GABd eAA2|DGGF G2ef|gedc BcBA|
G/G/G fg e2dB|GABd eAA2|DGGF G2ef|gedc BGG2||
~g2ga ag(3agf|gabg eaaf|g2dg bgag|(3efg dc BGG2|
~g2ga ag(3agf|gabg eaaf|~g2ga gfed|(3Bcd gd egdB||
X: 3
T: John McFadden's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
[|G2BG EGdB|GABd e~A3|DGLGF GuG (3Bcd|Lgedc (3Bcd LAF|
|GALAG EGDB|G2SBd e~A3|DGLGF GABd|Lgedc BGuG2S|]
[|~g3a (3bag af|gaLag e~a3|g2Sdg bgaf|Lgedc LB~g3|
|g2Sga LagLgf|gaLag e~a3|g2Saf Lgfed|BdLgd eLgdB|]
[|~G3B EGDB|G2SBD E~A3|DGLGF GuG (3Bcd|Lgedc (3Bcd LAF|
|G2Sbg egdB|GABD E~A3|DGGF G2SBd|Lgedc BG uG2S|]
[|~g3a LbgLaf|~g3a e~a3|g2Sdg bgaf|Lgedc LB~g3|
|g2S ga LbgLaf|gaLag e~a3|gaLaf gfued|B2SLgd eLgdB|]
[|GALAG EGdB|G3A E~A3|DGGF G2S (3Bcd|Lgedc (3Bcd LAF|
|G2SLbg egdB|GABD E~A3|DGGF G2SBd|Lgedc BGuG2|]
|~g3a (3bag af|gaLag e~a3|g2Sdg bgaf|Lgedc LB~g3|
|~g3a bgaf|g2Sag e~a3|g2Saf Lgfed|BdLgd eLgd2S|]
X: 4
T: John McFadden's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GABG EGDB,|G,A,B,D EB,DB,|DGGF G2eg|gedc (3BAG FD|(3GFE FD EB,DB,|G,A,B,D EB,DB,|DGGF G2eg|gedc
BGG2||~g3a (3bag fd|gabg eaa2|g2dg (3bag fd|gedc BGG2|~g3a (3bag fd|gabg eaa2|gbaf gfed| (3Bcd gd edBA:|
X: 5
T: John McFadden's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
K: Gmaj
GBAG EGDB|GABD EA~A2|DGGF G2B/c/d|gedB cBAB|
GBAG EGDB|GABD EA~A2|DGGF G2B/c/d|gedc B/c/d ef||
gBdg bgfg|ea~a2 ea~a2|gBdg bgag|e/f/g dc B/c/d ef|
gBdg bgfg|ea~a2 ea~a2|bg f/g/a gedg|B/c/d gd egdB||
X: 6
T: John McFadden's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GBAG EGDB|GABD EA A2|DGGF G2 (3Bcd|gedB cBAB|
GBAG EGDB|GABD EA A2|DGGF G2 (3Bcd|gedc Bdef||
|:gBdg dgfg|ea a2 ea a2|gBdg bgag|(3efg dc Bdef|
gBdg dgfg|ea a2 ea a2|bg (3fga gedg|(3Bcd gd egdB||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: John McFadden's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GBAG EGDE|GABd edBG|DG~G2 DGBd|gedB cBAF|
GBAG EGDE|GABd edBG|DG~G2 DGBd|gedc Bdef||
gBdg bgfg|ea~a2 ea~a2|gbdg bgag|(3efgdc Bdef|
gBdg bgfg|ea~a2 ea~a2|bgga gedc|(3Bcd gB (3efg dB||

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John McFadden’s Favorite

Source: Andy Mcgann & Paul Brady_It’s a Hard road to travel
Transcription: G. M. Pietrasanta

John McFadden’s Favourite for flute

this is the way I play this tune with the flute.

g2fg eBdB|GABd eAA2|DGGF G2ef|gedc BcBA|
G/G/G fg e2dB|GABd eAA2|DGGF G2ef|gedc BGG2||
~g2ga ag(3agf|gabg eaaf|g2dg bgag|(3efg dc BGG2|
~g2ga ag(3agf|gabg eaaf|~g2ga gfed|(3Bcd gd egdB||

Flute version with variations..

K:G
[|G2BG EGdB|GABd e~A3|DGLGF GuG (3Bcd|Lgedc (3Bcd LAF|
|GALAG EGDB|G2SBd e~A3|DGLGF GABd|Lgedc BGuG2S|]
[|~g3a (3bag af|gaLag e~a3|g2Sdg bgaf|Lgedc LB~g3|
|g2Sga LagLgf|gaLag e~a3|g2Saf Lgfed|BdLgd eLgdB|]
[|~G3B EGDB|G2SBD E~A3|DGLGF GuG (3Bcd|Lgedc (3Bcd LAF|
|G2Sbg egdB|GABD E~A3|DGGF G2SBd|Lgedc BG uG2S|]
[|~g3a LbgLaf|~g3a e~a3|g2Sdg bgaf|Lgedc LB~g3|
|g2S ga LbgLaf|gaLag e~a3|gaLaf gfued|B2SLgd eLgdB|]
[|GALAG EGdB|G3A E~A3|DGGF G2S (3Bcd|Lgedc (3Bcd LAF|
|G2SLbg egdB|GABD E~A3|DGGF G2SBd|Lgedc BGuG2|]
|~g3a (3bag af|gaLag e~a3|g2Sdg bgaf|Lgedc LB~g3|
|~g3a bgaf|g2Sag e~a3|g2Saf Lgfed|BdLgd eLgd2S|]

Tune with James Morrison’s variation

I finally learned this tune from a recording by James Morrison, which I just found out is played in G. On the recording "Irish Dances", I think the tuning is a bit different or it is played in A.

McFadden’s
R: Reel
K: Gmaj

|:GABG EGDB,|G,A,B,D EB,DB,|DGGF G2eg|gedc (3BAG FD|(3GFE FD EB,DB,|G,A,B,D EB,DB,|DGGF G2eg|gedc
BGG2||~g3a (3bag fd|gabg eaa2|g2dg (3bag fd|gedc BGG2|~g3a (3bag fd|gabg eaa2|gbaf gfed| (3Bcd gd edBA:|

James Morrison’s version of McFadden’s Reel

Yes, Morrison had the fiddle tuned a full tone sharp of modern concert pitch for this recording. You can hear this more clearly on The Blackberry Blossom which he played after it.

Kevin Crawford playing McFadden’s Favourite

Here’s basically what I’m hearing Kevin playing with The Tea Teetotalers here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCqJIeHGKFM&t=3m24s


X: 5
T: John McFadden’s Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GBAG EGDB|GABD EA~A2|DGGF G2B/c/d|gedB cBAB|
GBAG EGDB|GABD EA~A2|DGGF G2B/c/d|gedc B/c/d ef||
gBdg bgfg|ea~a2 ea~a2|gBdg bgag|e/f/g dc B/c/d ef|
gBdg bgfg|ea~a2 ea~a2|bg f/g/a gedg|B/c/d gd egdB||

John Mc Fadden’s Favourite Reel

The Bridge Ceili Band recorded this on their 1999 cd "Sparks on Flags". It is the last tune on the cd & they entitled it "Martin Fallon’s First Night in America". Martin was a founder-member of The Bridge in 1970. He really loved this tune & he knew it as "The First Night in America". Martin was a Roscommon man but spent most of his life in Clonaslee, Laois. He died in 1980. RIP.