Paddy Murphy’s Wife
Surprised that this fairly well-known reel hasn’t already been posted. First heard on Moloney & Potts’ "Tin Whistles" LP. Also recorded by a very young Frankie Kennedy and Mairead Mooney on a record by Belfast singer Albert Fry. There is a different reel of the same name in O’Neill’s, which Matt Molloy has recorded. A lovely, melodic reel, I think - a perfect flute tune.
Murphy’s and Charlie Mulvihill’s Reel
This tune is in one of the Brendan Breathnach volumes as Murphy’s. I learned it from Brendan Mulvihill as Charlie Mulvihill’s. There is a great version of it on The Kerry Fiddles with Denis Murphy, Padraig O’Keefe and Julia Clifford. (The cd track list reverses the names - Mulvihill’s is first then Muckross Abbey)
I also know of a recording by Joanie Madden; I have it on a CD titled Celtic Twilight Volume 5, where it’s performed as flute accompanied by drums. It does make quite a nice flute tune.
I’ve heard it put after Master McDermott’s. Aggie Whyte and Peader O’Lochlain played that set on their famous EP. Jack Coen always played those two together.
This tune is listed as "O’Brien’s" in volume 1 of Bulmer and Sharply’s collection. It occurs just before John Brennan’s. We play these two tunes, in that order, as a set at the Houston sessions.
Muckross Abbey vs. Charlie Mulvihill’s vs. Paddy Murphy’s Wife
The story behind alternative titles:
"Speed the Plough" is also referred to as "Charlie Mulvihill’s" on Johnny Leary’s "Music for the Set", but Johnny reportedly didn’t agree with Denis Murphy’s choice of the title for the 1st tune recorded on "Kerry Fiddles". Why didn’t Charlie come up with any title for the tune, really? I prefer the ‘invented’ ‘Muckross Abbey’ to avoid confusion, keeping the composer in mind 😉
Performed by Patrick Street on YouTube
I noticed in a friend’s session tune book, Mel Bay’s Session Tunes, that it’s listed as "Mulqueen’s". Certainly not the Mulqueen’s reel most of us would be familiar with.
Apologies, it is correctly titled Mulvihill’s in Mel’s book. Jeremy, delete these two posts if you see them, thanks.
B&S Book I #9 - I found this circled in my copy so I learned it more than 20 years ago, but no idea where. I cannot find it recorded under this title anywhere, and I had no luck finding a matching signature herein with or without ornaments etc.
In here as ‘Muckross Abbey’ https://thesession.org/tunes/2301