Johnny McIljohn’s reel

Also known as Johnny McIljohn’s #2, Lady Montgomery, Lady Montgomery’s, Mary O’Neill’s, Mrs Montgomery’s.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

Johnny McIljohn’s has been added to 2 tune sets.

Johnny McIljohn's has been added to 59 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Johnny McIljohn's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dBAG FGAB|A2 ed cdec|dBAG FGAB|AFEG FDD2:|
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: Johnny McIljohn's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2AG FGAB|Ad ~d2cdec|d2AG FGAB|1 AFEG FD D2:|2 AFEG FD=FD||

Twelve comments

Johnny McIljohn’s Second

Someone posted the better known of the two tunes associated with Johnny McIljohn, and there was some discussion about the other tune which is named after him. This is it. I think it came my way via a tape of Dermot Byrne a few years ago. They don’t come much simpler, but that’s it’s charm. My first attempt at posting a tune, so I hope there’s no errors. I’m sure I’ll be told if there are !

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I believe I was the one talking about the second Johnny Mc tune and, indeed, this is it. Good man!

Lady Montgomery’s

I’ve only ever heard this called “Lady Montgomery”. It’s on Altan’s “The Red Crow”, track 1.

Good posting, Kenny. 🙂 Keep it up. The tune sounds a lot like some other tune I know…Mulqueen’s, maybe?


Mayo Reel

Thanks Kenny for the tune. I just remember this is the one Paul McGrattan recorded as Mayo Reel in his “Frost is All Over,” which is definitely the same as Altan’s Lady Montgomery.

Lady Montgomery’s

This reel is also on Cathal McConnell’s first recording. He cites Tommy Peoples as the source. I believe Altan also learned it from Tommy.

Mary O’Neill’s

Shaskeen call this Mary O’Neill’s on their Mouse Behind the Dresser album.

Other Mayo Reel

There seem to be 2 Mayo reels on this album. Does anyone know the name of the second?

Johnny McIljohn’s, X:2

Got this tune (named Lady Montgomery) from the playing of Altan, Red Crow maybe, too long ago I’m afraid. Lovely tune anyway!