The Pretty Girls Of Mayo reel

Also known as Cailini Deasa Mhaigh, Pretty Girls From Mayo.

There are 36 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Jolly Tinker (lots of times), The Flowers Of The Red Mill (a few times), The Maids Of Castlebar (a few times), The Boy In The Boat (a few times) and Hand Me Down The Tackle (a few times).

The Pretty Girls Of Mayo has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Pretty Girls Of Mayo has been added to 153 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Pretty Girls Of Mayo
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GFDG ~GABd|ef (3ddd fdcA|G2FG ABde|1 fdcA GBAF:|2 fdcA BGG2||
gage fd (3ddd|fdge fdcA|gage fdde|fdcA BGG2|
gage fd (3ddd|fdge fdcA|defg abag|fdcA G4||
X: 2
T: The Pretty Girls Of Mayo
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DG~G2 A2de|fd~d2 fdcA|DG~G2 A2de|1 fdcA BGAF:|2 fdcA AGBd||
g2ge fdde|fdge fdde|~g3e fdde|fdcA AG~G2|
g2ge fdde|fdge fdd^c|defg abag|fdcA BGAF||
X: 3
T: The Pretty Girls Of Mayo
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG G2 A2 de|fdge fdcA|DG G2 A2de| fdcA AGFA|
DG G2 A2 de|fdge fdcA|DG G2 A2de|fdcA AGBd||
|:g2 ag fddc|ABcA dBcA|g2 ag fdde|fdcA AG G2|
g3e fdde|fdge fdd^c|defg abag|fdcA BGAF||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: The Pretty Girls Of Mayo
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGGB A2de|fdde fdcA|DGGB A2de|1fdcA BGG2:|2fdcA BGBd||
g2ge fdde|fdge fdd2|g2ge fdde|fdcA BGBd|
g2ge fdde|fgag fdcA|defg abag|fdcA BGG2||
X: 5
T: The Pretty Girls Of Mayo
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DG G2 A2 de|fd (3gfe fdcA|DBBG A2 de| fdcA GBAG|
DG G2 A2 de|fd (3gfe fdcA|DBBG A2 de|1fdcA G3F:|2fdcA G3d||
|:fgge fdde|fdge fd (3Bcd|fgge fdde|fdcA GABd|
fgge fdde|fdge fdd^c|defg abag|1fdcA G3d:|2fdcA BGAF||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Pretty Girls Of Mayo
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGFG A2de | fd (3ddd fdcA | (3GAG FG A2de | fdcA BGAF |
DGFG ABde | fd d2 fdcA | G2FGA2 de | fdcA BG G2 |
~g3e fdde | fdge fddf | ~g3 e fdde | fdcA BG G2 |
~g3 e fdde | f2 ge fd{e}d^c | defg abag | fdcA GBAF |]

Fourteen comments

The Pretty Girls of Mayo (reel)

This was the final tune taught us by John McEvilly at the Scoil

The Pretty Girls of Mayo (reel)

For comparison, here is the version in Henrik Norbeck’s collection (also in G):

DG~G2 A2de|fd~d2 fdcA|DG~G2 A2de|1 fdcA BGAF:|2 fdcA AGBd||
g2ge fdde|fdge fdde|~g3e fdde|fdcA AG~G2|
g2ge fdde|fdge fdd^c|defg abag|fdcA BGAF||

Trevor

Catherine & John McEvoy

I just learnt this tune from their CD The Kilmore Fancy. I’ve really taken a shine to this tune and I’m not sure why. I prefer playing it on flute than banjo and maybe it just happens to sit very well on this instrument.

This tune goes well with Down the Broom. Not sure if the two tunes are related, but they share some similar phrases.

Why are there two files? The second sounds better, I think.

2-for-1 ~ ;-)

Look at the sheetmusic, there are two seperate transcriptions given, each a single reel of 16 measures…

Relatives

Seems to me That Pretty Girls of Mayo is very similiar to Sean Reids ( at least to varients of Sean Reids that fon’t feature the F-nat in their B Part ) eg: Mary Bergin, ditto with Doonagore.

These three are cousins if not the same tune.

Pat

Large family of tunes

This tune is essentially the same as tune #153, Sweet Biddy of Ballyvournie, which also appears under a number of further titles.

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Another Name?

Ennis played something very similar to the second tune which he called The Music of the Forge.

Re: The Pretty Girls Of Mayo

I have been practising this tune like mad recently and, I don’t know why, but I just find it impossible to play. I don’t seem to be getting any better at it. There’s something about the phrasing and the string crossing that makes it a right bugger to find a bowing that works. Every time I play it I end up bowing everything really awkwardly and tripping over myself. I’ve had such problems occasionally before on other tunes but always managed to solve them with a bit of practice. Not this one. Aaaaaargh.

The Pretty Girls Of Mayo, X:4

A version from a workshop with John Whelan.

The Pretty Girls Of Mayo, X:5

Love this reel.

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The Pretty Girls Of Mayo, X:6

A nice session standard, taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch. This has a step up in the first phrase and a couple of other differences so I’ve added it to the list.