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 a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Lads Of Laois (a few times).

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

The Maid I Never Forgot has been added to 145 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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