The Maid I Never Forgot reel

Also known as Bm, E. Minor, Gorman’s, The Maid I Ne’er Forgot, The Maid I Never Forgot, The Old Joker, The Stone Ditch.

There are 20 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with The Lads Of Laois (a few times).

The Maid I Never Forgot appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Maid I Never Forgot has been added to 12 tune sets.

The Maid I Never Forgot has been added to 150 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Maid I Never Forgot
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
~E3F GFGA|B2Ad dBA=c|BGEF GAB^c|d2e^c dBAF|
~E3F GFGA|B2Ad dBA=c|BGEF GAB^c|1 dBAF GEED:|2 dBAF GE~E2||
|:~B3d ~e3f|geaf gfed|BEEF GAB^c|dBAG FGAF|
E2BE dEBE|B2Ad dBA=c|BGEF GAB^c|1 dBAF GE~E2:|2 dBAF GEED||
"variations"
|:~E3F ~G3A|B2eB dBA=c|BEEF GAB^c|d2e^c dBAF|
~E3F ~G3A|BdeB dBA=c|BEEF GAB^c|1 dBA=c BEED:|2 dBA=c BE~E2||
|:~B3d ~e3f|gfed eBBA|BGEF GAB^c|dBAG FDDF|
E2BE dEBE|B2eB dBA=c|BEEF GAB^c|1 dBA=c BE~E2:|2 dBA=c BEED||
# Added by Bill .
X: 2
T: The Maid I Never Forgot
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B3c d3e|fBbB afge|edBc deed|aec’b afec|
B3e d3e|fBbB afge|edBc deed|1 afge fedc:|2 afge fB~B2||
|:~f3a ~b3B|d’Bc’a bafe|~f3e deed|afge fedc|
B2fB aBfB|~B2bB afge|edBc deed|1 afge fB~B2:|2 afge fedc||
E3F G3A|BEeE dBcA|AGEF GAAG|dAfe dBAF|
E3F G3A|BEeE dBcA|AGEF GAAG|1 dBcA BAGF:|2 dBcA BE~E2||
|:~B3d ~e3E|gEfd edBA|~B3A GAAG|dBcA BAGF|
E2BE dEBE|~E2eE dBcA|AGEF GAAG|1 dBcA BE~E2:|2 dBcA BE~E2||
X: 3
T: The Maid I Never Forgot
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E3F G3A|BEeE dBcA|AGEF GAAG|dAfe dBAF|
E3A G3A|BEeE dBcA|AGEF GAAG|1 dBcA BAGF:|2 dBcA BE~E2||
|:~B3d ~e3E|gEfd edBA|~B3A GAAG|dBcA BAGF|
E2BE dEBE|~E2eE dBcA|AGEF GAAG|1 dBcA BE~E2:|2 dBcA BAGF||
X: 4
T: The Maid I Never Forgot
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E3F G3A|B2 Ad dBAc|BGEF GAB^c|d2 e^c dBAF|
E3F G3A|B2 Ad dBAc|BGEF GAB^c|dBAF GE E2:||
|:B3d e3f|geaf gfed|BGEF GAB^c|d2 e^c dBAF|
E2 BE dEcE|B2 Ad dBAc|BGEF GAB^c|dBAF GE E2:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Maid I Never Forgot
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
B3c d3e|fBbB afge|edBc deed|aec’b afec|
B3e d3e|fBbB afge|edBc deed|1 afge fedc:|2 afge fB~B2||
|:~f3a ~b3B|d’Bc’a bafe|~f3e deed|afge fedc|
B2fB aBfB|~B2bB afge|edBc deed|1 afge fB~B2:|2 afge fedc||

Fourteen comments

The Maid I Ne’er Forgot

I was after this tune for ages. I originally heard it on the Arty McGlynn/Nollaig Casey album "Lead the Knave", but it was only marked down as Eminor reel. I even got in touch with the publishers (Tara Music), but they didn’t know what it was and neither did Arty! I eventually stumbled across it by complete accident as an abc file on the web.

As with the album, I usually put t with Lads of Laois, but a major key tune such as Trip to Herve’s or Maid behind the Bar goes well with it.

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Still one of my favourite tunes after so many years.

A pure gem. Not often heard thesed days.
The melancholy and energy in it seem to match its name.

Bm reel from Padraig Rynne

I’ve been wondering for a while about a name for the "Bm reel" on the last track of Padraig Rynne’s album "Bye a while". Because the setting is different and it’s transposed so far up, it seems like a different tune. I always thought it was a modern composition, but then figured it would have been credited as such on the album sleeve notes. It always niggled because there was something familiar about the tune, so I eventually got round to transcribing it, and when I transposed it into the more likely key of E minor, I started playing it differently and realised I already knew the tune! Here is the Bm setting (note that his octave leaps have been simplified to held notes):

X: 1
T: The Maid I Ne’er Forgot
T: "Bm reel"
S: Padraig Rynne - Bye a While
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Bmin
B3c d3e|fBbB afge|edBc deed|aec’b afec|
B3e d3e|fBbB afge|edBc deed|1 afge fedc:|2 afge fB~B2||
|:~f3a ~b3B|d’Bc’a bafe|~f3e deed|afge fedc|
B2fB aBfB|~B2bB afge|edBc deed|1 afge fB~B2:|2 afge fedc||

…and transposed a 5th down into Emin:

X: 1
T: The Maid I Ne’er Forgot
T: "Bm reel"
S: Padraig Rynne - Bye a While
N: Transposed down a 5th into E minor for comparison with the standard session setting
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Emin
E3F G3A|BEeE dBcA|AGEF GAAG|dAfe dBAF|
E3F G3A|BEeE dBcA|AGEF GAAG|1 dBcA BAGF:|2 dBcA BE~E2||
|:~B3d ~e3E|gEfd edBA|~B3A GAAG|dBcA BAGF|
E2BE dEBE|~E2eE dBcA|AGEF GAAG|1 dBcA BE~E2:|2 dBcA BE~E2||

Of course, I could’ve just read the comments in the recording section more carefully and seen Kenny’s link to this tune from last year, but that would’ve been way too easy 🙂

Just noticed a couple of errors in my last transcription…

X: 1
T: The Maid I Ne’er Forgot
T: "Bm reel"
S: Padraig Rynne - Bye a While
N: Transposed down a 5th into E minor for comparison with the standard session setting
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Emin
E3F G3A|BEeE dBcA|AGEF GAAG|dAfe dBAF|
E3A G3A|BEeE dBcA|AGEF GAAG|1 dBcA BAGF:|2 dBcA BE~E2||
|:~B3d ~e3E|gEfd edBA|~B3A GAAG|dBcA BAGF|
E2BE dEBE|~E2eE dBcA|AGEF GAAG|1 dBcA BE~E2:|2 dBcA BAGF||

Orion - Blue Room album

This tune (the variation part) is called Gorman’s by the band Orion on their album Blue Room.

E. Minor

I’m not sure where I heard this reel, but it’s a lovely flowing E minor tune.

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An old tune

This tune goes back — at least — to O’Neill (ON1001 #790). Josephine Keegan also includes a setting of the tune in her 2004 collection A Drop in the Ocean, under the title The Stone Ditch.

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Re: The Maid I Ne’er Forgot

i think it’s a fine mysterious melody…
i did it ‘oriental style’
thanks for the posts!

The Maid I Ne’er Forgot, X:5

Bm

Re: The Maid I Never Forgot

And now we have Matt Molloy playing it on a Bb flute as "The Girl I’ll Ne’er Forget" on his 2018 album "Back To The Island."

Which I absolutely love.

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