T: Sally McMahon
DED DEG|ABA ABd|edg edB|AGA BGE|
DED DEG|ABA ABd|edg edB|1 AGF G2E:|2 AGF G2g||
|:egg gfg|eaa aga|bag agf|egg dgg|
egg gfg|eaa aga|bag agf|egf g3:|
Sally McMahon has been added to 3 tunebooks.
Composed by James McMahon and learned by Caoimhin MacAoidh from Antrim fiddler Pat O’Hare.
Pat worked in Belfast and got to know, and play with, James McMahon, who was also working in Belfast. Pat retired to Mughamore, County Antrim, where Caoimhin met him in the late 1970s and recorded him playing this tune -and many others.
This is the only known setting of this tune, although the name Sally McMahon has been applied to other compositions of James McMahon. Sally McMahon was James’ wife.
The first half is nearly identical to Stan Chapman’s, a composition of Jerry Holland’s.
I’m pretty sure I’ve heard this somewhere (Donegal?), although it does indeed feel like Stan Chapman’s in the A part (and somehow The Boys of the Town in the B part - https://thesession.org/tunes/1264 ).