Paddy Mill’s Fancy
This one is for Gian Marco, as we’ve both recently posted a tune from Desi Wilkinson’s"Three Piece Flute" recording. This fine reel is on it too. Tara Diamond, a great flute-player from Belfast, taught this to a Willie Clancy flute class in the mid-80s.Not only that, but she also got hold of the composer, fiddle-player Paddy Mills from Mayo, who was around that week, and got him to come along to the class to play us his original version, which is the version I have posted. It is a popular session tune in Ireland these days, especially with flute-players, but I’m not sure if it’s that well-known abroad.
As well as Desi, "Skylark" and concertina player Terry Bingham have recorded it, although they all have slightly different versions of the tune. Beware in sessions - sometimes the 2nd part the 2nd time round goes back to the last 4 bars of the first part- if that makes sense (Skylark play it like that )- but that’s not how the composer played it to the class. Enjoy!
Kenny, are you telephatic? I just transcribed the Desi Wilkinson’s version of that tune, and I was about to post it!
T:Paddy Mills’ Fancy
AG|:DG~G2 G2AG|FGAB cABG|d3g fdcA|AGFA GFDG|
DG~G2 G2AG|FGAB cABG|(3dgd eg fdcA|1AGFA G2 ~G2:|2AGFA G4|:
~g2dg gfdc|BG~G2 FGAB|cA~A2 dcAG|FGAB cABd|
~g2dg gfdc|BA~A2 dcAG|1FGAF G3g:|2FGAF G2|
No telepathy, Gian Marco - although the same thing happened to me about a week ago when Dow ( I think it was) posted "The Cloone" just before I did. You also did the same yourself with "Sergeant Early’s Dream",so we’re even now .I have a reel from Patsy Hanly you might like- watch this space.
Incidentally, the version of "Paddy Mills" you have posted is more commonly played and more likely to turn up in sessions than the original. All the best.
This is Skylark’s setting, approximately:
T:Paddy Mills’ Favourite(for that is what they call it)
DGGF GBAG|FGAB c2Bc|d2eg fdcA|AGFA GFEF|
DGGF GBAG|FGAB c2Bc|d2eg fdcA|1 FGAF G3F:|2 FGAF GABd|
:g2dg gedc|BG~G2 FGAB|c3A dcAG|FGAB cdef|
g2dg gedc|BG~G2 FGAB|c3A dcAG|FGAF DGG2|
g2dg gedc|BG~G2 FGAB|c3A dcAG|FGAG FGEF|
DGGF GBAG|FGAB c2Bc|d2eg fdcA|AGFA G3F||
This version, instead of repeating the B-part, reverts to the second strain of the A-part for lthe last 8 bars.
I had the pleasure of meeting Paddy Mills last year in Milltown Malbay. Knowing his name, but not much else about him, I played him the above version of the tune. His face lit up and he began playing along - I noticed that he played the B-part differently. I told him I had got the tune form Skylark, to which he replied, "Yes, they got it wrong." He wrote them a letter to tell them and they sent back a letter of apology.
So, if you ever meet Mr.Mills, don’t play the setting I’ve just posted.
This tune is also recorded on marcus o murchu’s album a flute player from belfast. I met Paddy Mills in strokestown last year he was a great caracter but sadly died earlier this year
T:Paddy Mills’ Fancy
S:Bingham, Terry _Traditional Irish Music from Doolin Co. Clare
GF|DGGF GBAG|FGAB c2Bc|d2eg fdcA|BGAF GFEF|
DGGF GBAG|FGAB c2Bc|d2eg fdcA|AGFA G2:|:Bd|
g2gf gfdc|BG~G2 FGAB|c3A dcAG|FGAB cdef|
g2gf gedc|BG~G2 FGAB|c3A dcAG|FGAF G2:|
Paddy Mills’ Fancy
Here’s my transcription of this tune from the 1991 Gort session recording.
T: Paddy Mills’ Fancy
D: 1991 Gort session recording
DG G/G/G GBAG|FGAB cABc|d2 eg fdcA|GBAF GFEF|
DG G/G/G GBAG|FGAB cABc|d2 e/f/g fdcA|1 AGFA G2 GE:|2 AGFA GABd||
g/g/g dg gfdc|BG G/G/G FGAB|(3cdc AB dcAG|FGAB cdef|
(3gag dg gfdc|BG G/G/G FGAB|(3cdc AB dcAG|1 FGAF GABd:|2 FGAF G2 GE||
Paddy played the Rossport Reel after this tune.
A Gem of footage…
Paddy himself playing the reel he wrote.
oops sorry thats the rossport reel .
Paddy Mills’ Fancy
Another similar version is tune 98 in the Petrie Collection where it is unnamed. The A part is close to the A part here, but the B part departs a little. Being in the Petrie Collection it was probably collected in the middle of the 19th century.
D | G2A2 B2AG | F>GAB c2Bc | d>e=fe dcAG | G3F D2(3DEF |
G3A B2AG | F>GAB c2Bc | d>e=fe dcA^F | G4 G3 :|
B/c/ | d3e f2e2 | d2cB c2Bc | d2=fe dcA^F | G3F D2(3DEF |
G3A B2AF | FGAB c2Bc | d>e=fe dcA^F | G4 G2 :||