The Monsignor’s Blessing reel

Also known as Irish Girl.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Ashplant (a few times), The Boys Of Malin (a few times), The High Road To Linton (a few times), The Limerick Lasses (a few times) and The New Mown Meadows (a few times).

The Monsignor’s Blessing has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Monsignor's Blessing has been added to 39 tunebooks.

Download ABC

Two settings

X: 1
T: The Monsignor's Blessing
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DE | F2 FD EA, ~A,2 | DEFD EA, ~A,2 | DFEF (3DED dB |AFEG FDDE |
F2 FD EA, ~A,2 | DEFD EA, ~A,2 | DFEF D2 dB |AFEG FD D2 ||
dcdf ecAd | (3Bcd Ad BdAc | dcdf ecAd |(3Bcd ec d3 A |
dcdf ecAd | (3Bcd Ad BdAc | dcdf e2 ed |cdec dBAG ||
X: 2
T: The Monsignor's Blessing
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2BG ADD2|GABG AD D/D/D|GBAB G/A/G ge|dBAc BGGA|
B2BG ADDD|GABG AD D/D/D|GBAB G2ge|dBAc BGG2||
gfgb afdg|e/f/g dg egdf|gfgb afdg|e/f/g af g3d|
gfgb afdg |e/f/g dg egdf|gfgb a2ag|fgaf gedc||

Four comments

Mosignor’s Blessing

This is definitely a fiddle tune, it’s a funky little number that is associated with a "hand jive" where various movements of a Msgr are mimicked. This tune was popular with Johnny Cronnin (RIP) of NYC, he in turn taught it to Kathleen Collins. She lays on the lilt, and pairs it with the original setting (four part) of the "Limerick Lassies".

Monsignor’s Blessing and tune families

This tune strongly echoes the melody of Mullingar Races, almost like a variation on the theme. Wonder which came first? Thanks, Brad.

Posted .

Monsignor’s Blessing -Whistle blowing version-

‘This is definitely a fiddle tune’ ..Yes, Mad Balooney, only if you play it in D!
Here’s a version in G for you to learn before your pipe and flute playing friends feel too alienated to keep playing with you! ;- )

X: 1
T: Monsignor’s Blessing, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K:GMaj
B2BG ADD2|GABG AD D/D/D|GBAB G/A/G ge|dBAc BGGA|
B2BG ADDD|GABG AD D/D/D|GBAB G2ge|dBAc BGG2||
gfgb afdg|e/f/g dg egdf|gfgb afdg|e/f/g af g3d|
gfgb afdg |e/f/g dg egdf|gfgb a2ag|fgaf gedc||