Mary McMahon reel

Also known as Mary MacMahon, Mary McMahon Of Ballinahinch, Mary McMahon Of Ballynahinch, Mary McMahon’s, Maureen Glynn, Micho Russell’s, Miko Russell’s, Miss Mary McMahon Of Ballinahinch, Noel Hill, Noel Hill’s.

There are 42 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Lady Gordon’s (lots of times), The Cocktail (a few times), Dowd’s No. 9 (a few times) and Thady Casey’s Fancy (a few times).

Mary McMahon has been added to 4 tune sets.

Mary McMahon has been added to 129 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Mary McMahon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fdec d2AG|FGAB =cAGc|Ad~d2 fded|(3Bcd ef geag|
fdec d2AG|FGAB =cAGc|Ad~d2 fdec|Addc d2e:|
|:~f3g a2ga|bgag fdde|~f3g afga|bgaf g2ag|
~f3g a2ga|bgag fdda|1 bgaf gbag|fdef g2ag:|2 bgaf gfed|(3Bcd ef gaag||

Six comments

Mary McMahon/The Sister’s Reel

Transcribed from a session recording.

Tin whistles

this is the tune on paddy moloney sean potts whistle record after the connaught heifers
they call it micho russel’s reel
nice tune

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Mary McMahon of Ballinahinch

Also recorded by Martin O’Brien in his concertina CD album: "An Crann Carraige". (

Mary McMahon’s Reel

Nice reel. I don’t know which Mary McMahon it refers to but I remember the tune being included in one of the Bulmer & Sharpley collections - the one with the blue cover, No. 2 I think.

Re: Mary McMahon

I think Donegal fiddler Aidan O’Donnell calls this "James Byrne’s". You is a pretty nice tune. It’s also been recorded by Johnny Cronin and Joe "Banjo" Burke (who call it "Micho Russell’s") and The Yanks.