Molloy’s Favourite reel

Also known as Mackle’s Trip To Belfast, Molloy’s, Molloy’s Favourite, Molloy’s Favorite.

There are 40 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Sligo Maid (lots of times), Maud Millar (a few times), Maude Miller (a few times), The Bloom Of Youth (a few times) and The Cabin Hunter (a few times).

Molloy’s Favourite has been added to 5 tune sets.

Molloy's Favourite has been added to 96 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Molloy's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2 Ad fdAF |GFEF GABc |d2 Ad fdAF |GAAG FDDd |
dcde fdAF |GFEF GABc |d2 Ad fdAF |GAAG FD D2 |
fggf gbag |fggf gfeg |fggf gbag |(3fga ea fddc |
dfaf gbag |fgaf gfeg |feec dcBA |^GABc dgfe ||
X: 2
T: Molloy's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2Ad fdAF|GFEF GABc|d2Ad fdAF|GBAG FDDc|
d2de fdAF|GFEF GABc|d2Ad fdAF|GBAG FDD2||
~g3f gbag|fgaf gfef|~g3f gbag|(3fga eg fddc|
dfaf gbag|fgaf gfeg|fdec dcBA|^GABc d=gfe||
X: 3
T: Molloy's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: d2 Ad fdAF |GFEF GABc |(3ded Ad fdAF |GBAG FD2c :|
| fggf gbag |fggf gfeg |fggf gbag |(3efg eg fddc |
| dfaf gbag |dfaf gfec |dcBA BAGF | GFEF GABc ||

Six comments

Molloy’s Favourite

Molloy being Matt Molloy, recorded with Kevin Burke on the album ‘Up Close’. Played with The Bloom of Youth and The Cabin Hunter, the set persuaded me to abandon all my efforts with the pipes and take up the flute instead.

Molloy’s

I think this one pre-dates Matt as it was included in David Lyth’s Bowing Styles (Book 1) where - it normally follows Maude Millar. This comes from the Sligo tradition of Coleman, Morrison and Killoran who recorded mainly in the 1920s and 30s.

In Baltimore sessions, a fairly common set starts with Lady Anne Montgomery, goes in Maude Millar’s, then ends with Molloy’s Favourite. Guess Bannerman’s explanation gives a bit of insight into the grouping of the last two tunes together.

Another recording of this tune

This tune’s also recorded on Fianna’s brilliant album - Crame On. It’s an excellent version of the tune - just a few little variations that make it extra stunning!

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Molloy’s

This is one of the tunes I learned from memory just after leaving West Yorkshire 2 years ago. It was, and probably is still, played after Lady Anne Montgommery and Maude Miller whenever a bunch of musicians are crammed together in a pub. Here’s the version:

K: D
d2Ad fdAF|GFEF GABc|d2Ad fdAF|GBAG FDDc|
d2de fdAF|GFEF GABc|d2Ad fdAF|GBAG FDD2||
~g3f gbag|fgaf gfef|~g3f gbag|(3fga eg fddc|
dfaf gbag|fgaf gfeg|fdec dcBA|^GABc d=gfe||

Glad to know some other people play a very similar one in a different place: http://www.liamhart.org/session/tunes/lh_reels.abc (at the bottom) The file was found at the Irish American Association of Northwest Jersey’s session website: http://www.liamhart.org/session/#3

Molloy’s Favourite

According to the book ‘Second Wind-300 More Tunes from Mike Rafferty’, this tune was composed by Paddy Killoran:

"Mike suggests it may have been named either after Tony Molloy the great flute player from Loughrea, or named after Matt Molloy’s father."