The Tailor’s Choice reel

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X: 1
T: The Tailor's Choice
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d4 BAGE | DGBG AGEG | d2 dB BAGB | A/B/A BG AGEG |
d2 dB BAGE | DGBG AGEG | d2 dA BAGB | A2 BG AGEG ||
d2 BG dG ~G2 | d2 BG AGEG | dG ~G2 dGBG | AGBG AGEB |
dG ~G2 d2 BG | dGBG AGED | ~G2 B/c/d edge | d2 BG AEGE |]

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Re: The Tailor’s Choice

The Tailor’s Choice was a reel the late Joe Burke learned when he was very young. In the sleeve notes of his flute album of the same title, he recollects when he first heard the tune at a tailor’s shop in the area. According to Joe Burke, the tailor measured him for his first long trousers, then took a flute out of the drawer and played this reel for him. The tailor and flute player was Stephen Moloney, one of the founding members of the Ballinakill Traditional Dance Players, or the Old Ballinakill Ceili Band. https://www.mustrad.org.uk/graphics/farr02.jpg

Incidentally, Fintan Vallely informs us that Stephen Moloney’s father James was also a tailor and emigrated from East Limerick to West Yorkshire to make a living. Stephen’s grandson Sean writes that James learned to play the flute in the 1870’s in a working men’s club in Northowram in Calderdale, which is near Halifax and not so far from Bradford and Leeds. James returned to Ireland before the turn of the century and settled in the parish of Ballinakill, Co. Galway.

I’m not 100% sure, but this reel sounds like the tune on the first track of Eddie Moloney: Master Musician CD1: https://thesession.org/recordings/5050 / https://www.irishtune.info/album/EMlny/

Eddie was a son of Stephen Moloney.