The Pride Of The Bronx reel

Also known as Brid Harper’s, The Maid From The Bronx, Matt Molloy’s, McGreevy’s Favorite, The Purring Girls Of Our Town, The Purty Girls Of Our Town.

There are 24 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Dash To Portobello (a few times) and The Lilac (a few times).

The Pride Of The Bronx has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Pride Of The Bronx has been added to 88 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Pride Of The Bronx
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
GE E2 GEAE | GE E2 FEDA | GE E2 GAcd | ed c2 d2 cA |
GE E2 GEAE | GE E2 FEDA | GE E2 GAcd | edce d2 cd :|
eg g2 ga a2 | eg g2 gecd | eg g2 ag g2 | gece d2 cd |
eg g2 ea a2 | gecd edcA | G2 GE GAcd |1 ec c2 d2 cd :|2 ec c2 d2 cA |
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The Pride Of The Bronx
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AF F2 AFdF | AF F2 ABFG | AF F2 ABde | fdgf efdB |
AF F2 AFdF | AF F2 ABFG | AF F2 ABde | fdgf e2 de |
fa a2 fb b2 | faaf afde | fa a2 fb b2 | afgf e2 de |
fa a2 fb b2 | faaf afde | dBAF ABde | f3 e fedB |
# Added by Kenny .
X: 3
T: The Pride Of The Bronx
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AF~F2 AFdB|AF~F2 ~G3B|AF F2 ABde|fdaf efdB|
AF~F2 AFdB|AF~F2 ~G3B|AF~F2 ABde|fdaf efde||
fa~a2 fb~b2|faab afed|fa~a2 fb~b2|afdf efde|
fa~a2 fb~b2|faab afef|dBAF ABde|fdaf efdB||

Fourteen comments

Pride Of The Bronx

Requested by craic90. This is from the recording made by Oisin MacDiarmada, Brian Fitzgerald,and Brian Rooney. I recently posted a reel,

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This shares a lot with Kerryman’s Daughter, kinda like so many Amin/Ador tunes sound alike. Different enough to be interesting though….

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Thank you very much, Kenny. I have been searching this tune for a long time, heard it often played in Co. Clare in a set with the reel version of Charlie Harris polka, named John Blessings.

This title was attached to a key-of-D setting recorded by Johnny Cronin in the 1970s on his Shanchie LP with Joe "Banjo" Burke and pianist Gerry Wallace (all three sady no longer with us). It’s a relative of a reel recorded by Johnny’s Brother Paddy in the 1950s and called variously "The Purty Girls" or "Purring Girls of Our Town." Padraig O"Keeffe was Paddy Cronin’s source.

Matt Molloy’s

From a session tape, I got the name from Bulmer & Sharpley Vol.4. This is almost note-for-note for that transcription. Good flute tune. Anyone have an older name ?

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I always new Matt Molloy’s Reel as "Dick Sherlock’s" or "The Ashplant". However, the Ashplant is also a different tune in Eminor (I think) and sounds very different than "Dick Sherlock’s". This is not Matt Molloy’s/Dick Sherlock’s/The Ashplant that I have. Did Matt compose this one here? I don’t think he composed the one I’m talking about.

Pride of the Bronx / Purty Girls of Our Town / Anderson’s

Johnny Cronin recorded this as "The Pride of the Bronx" on his Shanachie LP with Joe "Banjo" Burke. It’s a relative of a reel known as "Michael Anderson’s" or just "Anderson’s" after a Sligo piper, or as "The Purty Girls of Our Town" aka "Pretty Girls of the Village," "Purring Girls..," etc. from Sliabh Luachra.

This version is also played in C, as by fiddler Tom Dunne in NYC, who got it from Paddy Cronin, Johnny’s brother.


John Williams calls this tune "McGreevy’s Favorite" on his self-titled album. If its not a mistaken naming, this is probably another tune associated with Johnny (or is it Jimmy) McGreevy.

Another name and recording

On Deanta’s album Ready for the Storm, it’s the third tune in the set called The Rocky Reels, but they call this tune Girl from the Bronx.

The Pride Of The Bronx, X:2

As played by Deanta.