Mrs McGhee jig

By John Riddell

Also known as Mrs McGee, Mrs McGhie’s Reel, Mrs. McGee, Mrs. McGhee.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

Mrs McGhee has been added to 18 tune sets.

Mrs McGhee has been added to 123 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Mrs McGhee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
~G3 ~B3|dBG Gef|cAF FEF|c2d cBA|
~G3 ~B3|dBG Gef|cBc edc|dBG G2D:|
GBd gab|ag^f g2B|cAF FEF|c2d cBA|
GBd gab|ag^f g2B|cBc edc|dBG G2D|
GBd gab|ag^f g2B|cAF FEF|c2d cga|
bgb a^fa|g^fe dcB|cBc edc|dBG G2D|
X: 2
T: Mrs McGhee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
D|G3 B3|dBG GBd|cAF F2f|c2B A/B/cA|
G3 B3|dBG GBd|def cAc|dBG G2:|
D|GBd gab|ag=e f3|cAF F2f|c2B A/B/cA|
GBd gab|ag^f g3|BAB cde|dBG G2 D|
GBd gab|ag=e f3|cAF F2f|c2B A/B/cA|
bag ag^f|gfe dcB|BAB cde|dBG G2D||
X: 3
T: Mrs McGhee
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DFA def|ed^c d2F|GEC CB,C|G2A GFE|
DFA def|ed^c d2F|GFG BAG|AFD D2A,|
DFA def|ed^c d2F|GEC CB,C|G2A Gde|
fdf e^ce|d^cB AGF|GFG BAG|AFD D2A,|
# Added by Bryce .

Nine comments

a very old Scottish tune, first published as early as 1765 and also in the Glen Collection of 1891; often mistakenly thought to be Cape Breton or Irish

Mrs McGhie’s Reel

Composed by John Riddell (1718 or 23-1795).

great tune! everyone should check out the Altan version- they put it with Andy de Jarlis and one other . . . which is it? anyway, it works fabulously!

I’m sure they stole the jig set from Jerry Holland.


Doesn’t seem that this is the same tune that’s on the Traditional Cape Breton CD. It sounds fastly different. Any suggestions on the tune by the same name?

…of course I meant VASTLY not fastly different.

Re: Mrs McGhee

A nice version of this tune (in Gmin) is played by Calum Stewart And Lauren MacColl on “Wooden Flute & Fiddle” (2012).

Re: Mrs McGhee

Listed in the Jerry Holland book as “Mrs McGee, trad”. I first heard it on the old Down East Ceilidh radio programme back in the 1980s while living in Boston.

Mrs McGhee, X:3

I’ve converted your Gmix version into a G major version, since that’s the range that we’ve played it in, with both C and C# (but with F# all the time, not F).

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