The Mullingar Races reel

Also known as The Hunchback, The Mulingar Races.

There are 60 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Boys On The Hilltop (lots of times), Sheehan’s (a few times), Billy Brocker’s (a few times), The Pigeon On The Gate (a few times) and Boil The Breakfast Early (a few times).

The Mullingar Races has been added to 17 tune sets.

The Mullingar Races has been added to 218 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Mullingar Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A,2|D2(FD) EA,A,E|DEFA Bcde|(3(fga) ec dcdA|(3(Bcd) AF EGFE|
DEFD EA,A,E|DEFG Bcde|(3(fga) ec dBAG|FGEF D2||
(3(ABc)|d2(fd) adfb|afdf edBc|d2(fd) adfd|Beed egfe|
d2(fd) adfb|afdf edBc|dgfe dBAG|FGEF D2|]
X: 2
T: The Mullingar Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|GABG ABcA|defd dcBA|BcBG ABAG|FGAB cAFD|\
GABG ABcA|defd dcBA|B2d2 cAGF|D(G{A}GF) G2:|
(3(def)|g2eg f2ed|gage f2(ed)|defg abag|f2dd (de)dc|\
B2BG AFD2|BdBG ABcA|defd cAGF|D(G{A}GF) G2:|
X: 3
T: The Mullingar Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FE | DEFD EA, ~A,2 | DEFA Bcde | faec d2cA | BdAF EGFE |
DEFD EA, ~A,2 | DEFA Bcde | faec dBAG |1 FGEF D2 FE :|2 FGEF D2 Ac |
|: d2fd adfd |afdf edBA | d2fd adfd | Beef edBA |
d2fd adfb | afdf edBA | d~gfe dBAG | FGEF D2 :|
X: 4
T: The Mullingar Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2|GABG ABcA|defd dcBA|BcBG ABAG|FGAB cAFD|
GABG ABcA|defd dcBA|B3d cAGF|DGGF G2:|
(3def|g2eg f2ed|gage f2 ed|defg abag|f2 d2 dedc|
B3G AFD2|BdBG ABcA|defd cAGF|DGGF G2:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Mullingar Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FE | DEFD EA A2 | DEFA Bcde | faec d2cA | BdAF EGFE |
DEFD EA A2 | DEFA Bcde | faec dBAG |1 FGEF D2 FE :|2 FGEF D2 Ac |
|: d2fd adfd |afdf edBA | d2fd adfd | Beef edBA |
d2fd adfb | afdf edBA | dgfe dBAG | FGEF D2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Mullingar Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: DEFD EA, ~A,2 | DEFA Bcde | ffec dcBA | dBAF EGFE |
DEFD EA, ~A,2 | DEFA Bcde | ffec dBAG |1 FGEF D2 A,C :|2 FGEF D2 (3ABc ||
|: d2 fd adfd | afdf efBc | d2 fd adfd | {A}Beed egfe |
d2 fd adfd | afdf efBc | dgfe dBAG |1 FGEF D2 (3ABc :|2 FGEF D2 A,2 ||
# Added by Jesse .
X: 7
T: The Mullingar Races
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FE |: DEFD EA A2 | DEFA Bcde | faec d2cA | (3Bcd AF EGFE |
DEFD EA A2 | DEFA Bcde | faec (3dcB AG |1 FGEF D2 FE :|2 FGEF D2 Ac ||
|: d2fd Adfd |afdf edBA | d2fd Adfd | Beef edBA |
d2fd Adfg | afdf edBA |faec dBAG | FGEF D2 :||
# Added by JACKB .

Seventeen comments

Mullingar Races & Monsignor’s Blessing

A couple weeks ago I posted the "Monsignor’s Blessing" & Will noted the resemblence to the "Mullingar Races". At the time I was not familier with the "Mullingar Races" so I looked it up in the "Old" O’Neill’s. Outside of the first measure I think these tunes share very little. This setting is note for note in from the book. Maybe you are are know a different setting Will?

Brad

Mullingar Races

Yes, the setting I know does differ some from the old O’Neill’s, though it’s clearly the same tune. And I don’t hear much if any difference in the overall chordal structure between Mullingar and Monsignor’s Blessing—I’d never string them back to back at a session because they are so similar. By "variation on a theme" in my comment on Monsignor’s, I meant that they obviously come from the same tune family, though they are distinct enough to recognize as separate tunes.
Will

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Mullingar Races in hornpipe

I was looking for this tune and, besides this version, i found a hornpipe version in G (both are in O’Neills). Sounds like a variation on the same tune. I didn’t post it as a tune here because the version i found is notated in 2/4, and the site forces hornpipes to 4/4, and it didn’t look right to me like that. Plus it might confuse people. Here it is:

X: 1
T: The Mullingar Races
M: 2/4
L: 1/16
R: Hornpipe
B: O’Neill’s 1588
K: G
D2|GABG ABcA|defd dcBA|BcBG ABAG|FGAB cAFD|\
GABG ABcA|defd dcBA|B2d2 cAGF|D(G{A}GF) G2:|
(3(def)|g2eg f2ed|gage f2(ed)|defg abag|f2dd (de)dc|\
B2BG AFD2|BdBG ABcA|defd cAGF|D(G{A}GF) G2:|

Mullingar races

its a nice tune but it did my head in tring 2 get the fingers right (I play the piano accordian)

The Dubliners’ version

The Dubliners’ version.

X: 1
T: The Mullingar Races
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
Z: olafure@gmail.com. 15. jun 2008
K: Dmaj
FE | DEFD EA, ~A,2 | DEFA Bcde | faec d2cA | BdAF EGFE |
DEFD EA, ~A,2 | DEFA Bcde | faec dBAG |1 FGEF D2 FE :|2 FGEF D2 Ac |
|: d2fd adfd |afdf edBA | d2fd adfd | Beef edBA |
d2fd adfb | afdf edBA | d~gfe dBAG | FGEF D2 :|

The Mullingar Races Reel

Hi all
Does anyone know a good reel (or even slipjig) that would fit in well with The Mullingar Races?

Re: The Mullingar Races Reel

Mullingar Races and then Traveller after it, that is.

Re: The Mullingar Races Reel

You can always go to Pigeon on the Gate.

Re: The Mullingar Races Reel

The Limerick Lasses goes nice after it.

Re: The Mullingar Races Reel

How about The Crooked Road, which is what Tony Linnane and Noel Hill peerlessly do on "The Iron Behind The Velvet"? The tunes follow on from Christy’s song Trip to Jerusalem. Makes the hairs on the back of me head stand up, does that track! :-)

Re: The Mullingar Races Reel

the donkey reel its a 50 to 1 outsider or langstromes poney might be a safer bet

Tunes to coincide with The Mullingar Races

try the Merry Blacksmith after the mullingar races…it gives it a bit of oomph!!!gluk

A tip to fiddlers:

this tune is often played at session by fiddlers who want to part company, so to say, with the non fiddling rabble! ;-)

A tip for the non fiddling rabble:

Play these low A’s as high a’s and join in the fun any ‘a’ way!

Also called…

Once again Josephine Keegan has come up with a new name for a standard tune — she calls this one The Hunchback in her 2004 tune collection A Drop in the Ocean.

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