McFadden’s Handsome Daughter reel

Also known as McFaddens Handsome Daughter.

There are 48 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Dunmore Lasses (a few times), The Maids Of Mitchelstown (a few times), Paddy On The Turnpike (a few times), Another Jig Will Do (a few times) and The Crosses Of Annagh (a few times).

McFadden’s Handsome Daughter has been added to 21 tune sets.

McFadden's Handsome Daughter has been added to 332 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: McFadden's Handsome Daughter
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
~E3F ABcA|~B3c ecAF|~E3F A2af|1ecBd cBAF:|2ecBd cAA2||
aece faaf|edcA BAF2|~a3e faaf|edcB A2ce|
aece aecA|B2cA BAF2|agfe f2af|edcB ABcd||
~e3f ecac|ecac fB~B2|ce~e2 ceaf|ecBd cAA2|
ce~e2 ceae|ceae fBB2|cefg agaf|eAce aecA|
X: 2
T: McFadden's Handsome Daughter
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
~e3f edcd|ecac bB~B2|ceef ecAF|EFAB cAAc|
~e3f edcd|ecac bB~B2|cefe ~a3f|e2ce aecA||
X: 3
T: McFadden's Handsome Daughter
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E3F A2cA | BABc ecBA | E3F A2af | ecBd cAAF |
E3F A2cA | BABc ecBA | E2FG A2af | ecBd cAA2 ||
aece fgaf | edcA BAFA | aece fgaf | edcB ABce |
aece aecA | B2cA BAFA | agfe fgaf | edcB ABcd ||
e3f ec(3ccc | ecac bB(3BBB | ce(3eee aecA | EFAd cAAc |
e3f ec(3ccc | ecac bB(3BBB | cefg a3f | e2ce aecA ||
X: 4
T: McFadden's Handsome Daughter
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
~E3F ABcA|~B3c ecAF|~E3F A2af|1ecBd cBAF:|2ecBd cAAB||
ce eee feaf|efe cABA FB|ce eee feaf|edcB ABce|
aece aecA|B2cA BAFg|agfe fgaf|edcB ABcd||
efe ef e ~c3|ecac bB~B2|ceef ecAF|EFAB cA ABA|
efe ef e ~c3|ecac bB~B2|ceef ~a3e|fece fecA||
# Added by Ediot .

Sixteen comments

Source: "Music at Matt Molloy’s"
Transcription: g.m.p.


I find it rather tricky.( with the flute )

Great version…

…of this tune on Four Men and a Dog’s "Barking Mad" CD. Cathal Hayden really lets fly on the fiddle.

Con

McFadden’s…

I’ve heard this played more often in the key of G.

I’ve never heard it played in G

I play the last part slightly differently:

~e3f edcd|ecac bB~B2|ceef ecAF|EFAB cAAc|
~e3f edcd|ecac bB~B2|cefe ~a3f|e2ce aecA||

Origins of McFadden’s Handsome Daughter

I was wondering what the ogigins of McFadden’s Handsome Daughter were. I need to find out for music class any help would be great. No smart remarks needed.
Thanks,
Geoff Maher

Re: Origins of McFadden’s Handsome Daughter

Not intended to be smart.

I have been married to McFadden’s Handsome daughter for 34 years-Posters here know I refer to her as ‘Herself’.

(some of us say ‘she who must be obeyed’!)

I second the question. There are several related pieces (John mcFadden’s Reel, Paddy McFaddens) and we have been interested int it.

The McFadden’s are the smallest of the Irish Clans (McFaydeen and other variants). They are found primarily in the parishes of Donegal. PRimary center seems to be immediately in and east of Donegal Town.

Several recent posts were asking about music characteristic of specific areas of Ireland (Cork and Galway specifically) but this family is not found anywhere in the south. So the references must be to tunes characteristic in the NOrthwest.

Keep this going because I am interested in it also

Thanks
Damian

Re: Origins of McFadden’s Handsome Daughter

I believe the origins of McFadden’s Handsome Daughter can be traced directly to her parents.

Re: Origins of McFadden’s Handsome Daughter

Zippy I think your might be missing something there!

Co Mayo still lots of Mc Faddens and variants all round the world!

Re: Origins of McFadden’s Handsome Daughter

Har har har!

People have plenty of other names for it too:

McFADDEN’S HANDSOME DAUGHTER (Ingean Datamuil Mic Paidin). AKA and see "Coming Home from the Bog," “Donegal Lasses [1],” "The Gardener’s Daughter," “The Groves of Mt. Talbot,” "I Wish I Never Saw You," "Magic Slipper [1]," "Maud(e) Millar [2],” “The Montua,” “Morrison’s (Reel) [2],” “Mrs. Smullen’s,” "Paddy McFadden’s [1],” “The Pride of Rockchapel." Irish, Reel. A Major (Miller, O’Neill, Vallely): G Major (Alewine). Standard. ABC (O’Neill, Vallely): AA’B: AABC (Miller). Paddy Killoran recorded the tune on a c. 1950’s 78 RPM recording under the title "My Love is Fair and Handsome [1].” Parts of O’Neill’s three-part tune are similar to parts of the alternate titles named above. “Coming Home from the Bog” is a related tune. Source for notated version: fiddler player John McFadden, originally from near Westport, County Mayo, then living in Chicago, and a musician whose skills at playing and improvisation O’Neill admired [O’Neill].

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McFadden’s Handsome Daughter, that’ll be my mother then.

Here it is as a 3-part single reel, although I’m sure that the 3rd part is pinched from somewhere else…

T:McFadden’s Handsome Daughter
K:Amaj
E3F A2cA | BABc ecBA | E3F A2af | ecBd cAAF |
E3F A2cA | BABc ecBA | E2FG A2af | ecBd cAA2 ||
aece fgaf | edcA BAFA | aece fgaf | edcB ABce |
aece aecA | B2cA BAFA | agfe fgaf | edcB ABcd ||
e3f ec(3ccc | ecac bB(3BBB | ce(3eee aecA | EFAd cAAc |
e3f ec(3ccc | ecac bB(3BBB | cefg a3f | e2ce aecA ||

X:4 Frankie Gavin

The "X:4" version is pretty close to the Frankie Gavin rendition featured in the video posted by "domhnall." His version is different enough that I thought it worth adding to the mix. It falls nicely on the fiddle, too.

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Tune source

The story I heard was that the tune was written for John McFadden - or rather for his daughter. That is, John McFadden the Mayo-born fiddler, friend of Captain Francis O’Neill in Chicago, and composer of several tunes in O’Neill’s collection. Probably the best known is McFadden’s favourite: https://thesession.org/tunes/1466

It’s uncertain whether McFadden wrote this particular tune (it would be a little odd to call it after his own daughter and refer to himself in the third person), but as far as I know it is definitely associated with him. And his daughter, obviously.