The Old Monaghan Twig reel

Also known as Eddie Curran’s Monaghan Twig, Eddie Duffy’s, The Fermanagh Twig.

There are 6 recordings of this tune.

The Old Monaghan Twig appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Old Monaghan Twig has been added to 53 tunebooks.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: The Old Monaghan Twig
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
ed | cABd cA G2 | Adde f2 ed | cABd cAag | eage d2 ed |
cABd cA G2 | Adde f2 ed | cABd cAag | eage d2 cd |
eaaf gfed | cdef g2 fg | eaag eaag | eage d2 cd |
eaaf gfed | cdef g2 fg | eaag eaag | eage d2 ed |
# Added by Kenny .
2
X: 2
T: The Old Monaghan Twig
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
cA (3Bcd cAGB|Ad~d2 e2ed|cA (3Bcd caag|efge d2ed|
cA (3Bcd cAGB|Ad~d2 efed|cA (3Bcd caag|efge d2 (3Bcd||
eaag deed|(3Bcd ef ~g2fg|eaag efge|afge d3g|
eaag deed|(3Bcd ef g2fg|ea~a2 ea~a2|g2ge deed||
3
X: 3
T: The Old Monaghan Twig
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
ed|cA (3Bcd cAGB|Ad d2 e2ed|cA (3Bcd cAAg|efge d2ed|
cA (3Bcd cAGB|Ad d2 efed|cA (3Bcd cAAg|eage d2 (3Bcd||
eaag deed|(3Bcd ef g2fg|eaag efge|afge d2 (3Bcd|
eaag deed|(3Bcd ef g2fg|ea a2 ea a2|eage d2 ed||
# Added by JACKB .
4
X: 4
T: The Old Monaghan Twig
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
e2 d2 |:cAB/c/d cAGE |Adcd e2 ed |cAB/c/d cAag |efge dage |
cAB/c/d cAGE |Adcd e2 ed |cAB/c/d cAag |efge d2 ||
cd | eaag edcd |edef g2 gf |eaag eaag |eage d2 cd |eaag edcd |
edef g2 f2 |eaag eaag |[1 eage df ed :|[2 eage d2 |]
5
X: 5
T: The Old Monaghan Twig
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:cA (3Bcd cAGB|Ad(3ddd efed|cA (3Bcd cAag|[1efge dfed:|[2efge d2cd||
eaag efed|cdef g2fg|eaag efge|afge d2cd|
eaag efed|cdef g2fg|ea(3aaa ea(3aaa|gage dfed||
6
X: 6
T: The Old Monaghan Twig
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
cAAB cAGB | Adde f2ed | cAAB cdeg |1 fage d2ed :|2 fage d2cd ||
|: eaaf gfed | cdef g2fg |1 ea~a2 efed | eage d2cd :|2 eaag ~a3g | eage d2ed ||

Eleven comments

Old Monaghan Twig

My thanks to Jeremy for allowing me to re-post this tune.
The story of the 2 "Monaghan Twigs" goes as follows.
The tune which is already in the database as "The Monaghan Twig", I learned many years ago from one of my favourite recordings, "Is It Yourself", by James Kelly, Paddy O’Brien and Daithi Sproule. It has since been recorded many times , and is now well established as a session favourite.
This tune however is quite different, and not nearly as well-known. The only thing the two tunes have in common is their key signature and two words of the name. This reel came from a recording I have of an un-named flute-player at the Willie Clancy week sometime in the 80s. I taught this tune to a flute-playing friend, who had the opportunity to ask the late Frankie Kennedy about it, and he told her it was an older version - possibly the original - of the tune played today as "The Monaghan Twig". Indeed, Fermanagh musicians referred to it as "The Old Monaghan Twig". This is also the name given to it by Desi Wilkinson on the last recording by "Cran". The two tunes are very different - so different that for years I was not aware of any connection between the two until Frankie Kennedy mentioned it. Desi has Eddie Duffy as his source for this particular version.

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really like this tune. feels great when it goes down onto that G.

Old monaghan twig

The more common Monaghan Twig is kind of a recomposition of Paddy O’Brien’s. It is based on the old version. I have known Paddy for over 20 years and he loves to reconfigure tunes. He has done so with numerous lesser known tunes and even composed additional parts to a few. The"old" Monaghan Twig was actually a much more common session tune through much of the 1970s. I first heard it and taped it at a wild session in Buncrana in about ‘78 from the playing of Belfast fiddler, Deirdre Shannon and subsequently learned it from her. It is still much better known in sessions in Ireland especially in the North than it is on this side of the Atlantic.

The Monaghan Twig

I finally found the session recording I had made from which I learned the "old" Monaghan Twig. It was indeed Deirdre Shannon playing with Belfast flute player, Leon Agnew. What a mighty session it was some 30+ years ago. Desi Wilkinson who currently teaches at University College in Limerick is also from Belfast so it makes sense that he had this version as well. I agree the tunes a different but remember, Paddy recomposed it basically from this version. The older version has that ‘Northern’ sound.

Desi

You’re a bit out of touch with Desi’s whereabouts, unless he’s gone back to Limerick in the last 2 months. When I met up with him earlier this year, he was surprised himself to think that he’s been teaching at the traditional music course in Newcastle for nearly 4 years now. 🙂

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The Old Monaghan Twig

This is the 1st gan ainm tune on track 10 of Emer Mayock’s "Merry Bits Of Timber" https://thesession.org/recordings/display/913. That setting is:

X: 1
T: Old Monaghan Twig
D: Emer Mayock - Merry Bits of Timber (track 10)
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amix
cA (3Bcd cAGB|Ad~d2 e2ed|cA (3Bcd caag|efge d2ed|
cA (3Bcd cAGB|Ad~d2 efed|cA (3Bcd caag|efge d2 (3Bcd||
eaag deed|(3Bcd ef ~g2fg|eaag efge|afge d3g|
eaag deed|(3Bcd ef g2fg|ea~a2 ea~a2|g2ge deed||

Also reminds me of mixo versions of Scotch Mary, esp. in the 2nd part.

Paddy Fahy’s

As played by Seán Keane & Noel Keane on "Muintir Chatháin", Dublin: Gael Linn, 1985, reissued on CD (https://thesession.org/recordings/3871).
Can’t find this tune in Holohan, on The Session, on irishtune.info, in the Traditional Tune Archive, or any other obvious location. TunePal couldn’t match it either, so I’m confident this is not a duplication.

The Old Monaghan Twig, X:5 ("Eddie Curran’s Monaghan Twig")

Learned it from Altan on "The Poison Glen". Love this mighty tune and was about to post it as a new entry. Good thing I searched "Twig" and came up with this. 🙂

Another version

Shannon Heaton plays this on "The Blue Dress", track 10, 3rd tune, calling it "Eddie Duffy’s". I suspect she’s taken liberties with the melody as it diverges both from Altan’s version (X: 5) and from the other settings posted above. I may be wrong and her setting may be closer to the original source, but I suspect not.

The Old Monaghan Twig, X:6

Here’s how I learnt this tune from musicians in Galway some time around 1991.