The New Mown Meadows reel

Also known as Joe Mháire Mhicilín, Mick Clune’s, New Mown Meadow, The New Mown Meadow, New-Mown Meadow, The New-Mown Meadow, New-Mown Meadows, The New-Mown Meadows, The Newly Mown Meadow, The Newly Mown Meadows, Old Silver Spear, The Old Silver Spear, Threepenny Bit.

There are 77 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Silver Spear (lots of times), Up Against The Buachaláns (lots of times), Ambrose Moloney’s (a few times), Callaghan’s (a few times) and The Ships Are Sailing (a few times).

The New Mown Meadows has been added to 14 tune sets.

The New Mown Meadows has been added to 347 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The New Mown Meadows
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
eA A2 BABd | egfd edBd | eA A2 BABc | d2 ed BABd |
eA A2 BABd | egfd edBd |1 g2 ge f2 fe | dfed BABd :|2 gbag faef | dfed Bddf ||
a2 fa bafa | a2 fd edBd | a2 fa baaf | dfed Bddf |
a2 fa bafa | a2 fd edBd | g2 ge f2 fe |1 dfed Bcdf :|2 dfed BABd ||
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: The New Mown Meadows
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BE~E2 FEFA|(3Bcd cA BAFA|BE~E2 FEFG|ABAF EDFA|
BEED EFGA|(3Bcd cd BAFA|~d3B ~c3B|1 AcBA FEFA:|2 AcBA FA (3Bcd||
e2ce fecf|e2cA BAFA|e2ce fecB|AcBA FAEA|
e2ce fecf|e2cA BAFA|~d3B ~c3B|1 AcBA FA (3Bcd:|2 AcBA FEFA||
X: 3
T: The New Mown Meadows
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BEED E2FA|B2cA BAFA|BE~E2 FEDF|A2BA FEFA|
BEED E2FA|B2cA BAFA|d3B c3B|A2BA FEFA:||
e2ce fece|e2cA BAFA|e2ce fecB|AcBc AFE2|
e2ce fece|e2cA BAFA|d3B c3B|A2BA FEFA:||
X: 4
T: The New Mown Meadows
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
AD~D2 ~D2EG | AcBG AGEG | AD~D2 AGEG | ~G2AG EDEG |
AD~D2 ~D2EG | AcBG AGEG | c3A ~B3A |GBAG EDEG :| 2 GBAG E~G2B ||
d2Bd edBd | dGBG AGEG | d2Bd eddB | GBAG E~G3 |
d2Bd edBd | dGBG AGEG | c3A ~B3A | GBAG EGGB :| 2 GBAG EDEG ||
X: 5
T: The New Mown Meadows
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B2 EE FEFA|B2 cA {Bc}BAFA|BE{F}EE FEDF|AABA FE{A}FA|
BE E/2E/2D EE{A}FA|BEcE BAFA|[Dd]2 B/2c/2d cd (3c/2e/2c/2 B|AcBA FE{A}FA||
|BE G/2E/2D EEFA|BEcE BAFA|BE{G}EG FEDF|AABA FE{B}FA|
BE G/2E/2D EEFA|BEcE BAFA|[Dd]2 B/2c/2d cd (3c/2e/2c/2 B|AcBA FDaf||
|e2 ce {fa}fece|{f}efec BAFA|ceee fecB|AcBA FDaf|
e2 ce {fa}fece|{f}efec BAFA|[Dd]2 B/2c/2d cd (3c/2e/2c/2 B|AcBA FDaf||
|e2 ce {fafa}fece|{f}efec BAFA|{f}(3efe ce {fa}fecB|AcBA FDaf|
e2 ce {fafa}fece|{f}efec BAFA|[Dd]2 B/2c/2d cd (3c/2e/2c/2 B|AcBA FEFA|]
X: 6
T: The New Mown Meadows
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BEED E2FA|BdcA BAFA|BEED E2DE|A2 BA FEFA|
BEED E2FA|BdcA BAFA|d3B c3B|[1 AcBA FEFA:|[2 AcBA FAdf||
e2ce fecf|e2cA BAF f|e2ce fecB|AcBA FE df|
e2ce fecf|eAcA BAFA|d3B c3B|[1 A2BA FE df:|[2AcBA FEFA|]

Twenty-three comments

New Mown Meadows

A great reel, and reputedly a close cousin of "The Silver Spear". Sometimes played half an octave lower, but I think this is the more common version nowadays. Seems popular on all instruments, as it’s been recorded by Sean Keane, Kevin Burke, Noel Hill and Brian Hughes, to name just 4.

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Threepenny Bit

This was "The Threepenny Bit" to Francis O’Neill. It’s played in more than one key.

Might be more common in this key in your area, Kenny, but I only ever hear it in Edor.

Ador/Edor ?

Ador / Edor - I’m not too much bothered, one way or the other, Dow. As for how it’s played in "my area", at a guess there are only another 2 or possibly 3 musicians within a 50 mile radius who play it at all.
I’m able to check through 10 or so of the recordings listed - I’ll get back to you about what keys they play the tune in, just out of interest.

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The 2nd part reminds me of Anderson’s https://thesession.org/tunes/1631, especially when you play it in the key posted here.

Here’s the version that gets played here:

X: 1
T: The New Mown Meadows
|:M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Edor
BE~E2 FEFA|(3Bcd cA BAFA|BE~E2 FEFG|ABAF EDFA|
BEED EFGA|(3Bcd cd BAFA|~d3B ~c3B|1 AcBA FEFA:|2 AcBA FA (3Bcd||
e2ce fecf|e2cA BAFA|e2ce fecB|AcBA FAEA|
e2ce fecf|e2cA BAFA|~d3B ~c3B|1 AcBA FA (3Bcd:|2 AcBA FEFA||

That repeat mark went on a wander.

Great tune on the accordion.

And Evan Better on Melodeon:)

Why not on the fiddle? I’ve heard Denis Murphy and Julia Clifford play a great version of this on the radio.

Ador round here] but I prefer Edor myself.

heard this played on the melodian at the weekend (before Miss McCleod’s) to accompany some Conemmara sean nos dancing. Pretty similar to what’s in Norbert’s I think.

X:1
T:The New Mown Meadow
R:reel
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:Edor
BEED E2FA|B2cA BAFA|BE~E2 FEDF|A2BA FEFA|
BEED E2FA|B2cA BAFA|d3B c3B|A2BA FEFA:||
e2ce fece|e2cA BAFA|e2ce fecB|AcBc AFE2|
e2ce fece|e2cA BAFA|d3B c3B|A2BA FEFA:||

…although having played along with same fellow last night, I realise he does it whole tone lower than that (which sits better on the box and works fine on the flute if you have low C)

I would call him a melodeon legend.

Sorry, I don’t mean to offend you. He actually recorded the tune on his latest album with his fellow Connemara man Seosamh O’Neachtain, a fantastic sean nos dancer.

Same tune, different key

I heard this being played at a session last night by an uilleann piper. All those bottom Ds give nice opportunities for some cranning.

X:1
T:The New Mown Meadows
R:Reel
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:Ddor
AD~D2 ~D2EG | AcBG AGEG | AD~D2 AGEG | ~G2AG EDEG |
AD~D2 ~D2EG | AcBG AGEG | c3A ~B3A |GBAG EDEG :| 2 GBAG E~G2B ||
d2Bd edBd | dGBG AGEG | d2Bd eddB | GBAG E~G3 |
d2Bd edBd | dGBG AGEG | c3A ~B3A | GBAG EGGB :| 2 GBAG EDEG ||

new mown meadows/ joe mhaire mhicilin

don`t know why the new mown meadows is also joe mhaire mhicilin. that happens a lot with tunes and it`s a bit daft to have 2 names on a tune, as hand me down the tackle for pure drop, clare jig or mug of brown ale, ballydesmond polka or maurice manley`s etc. new mown meadows or joe mhaire mhicilin is a great favourite with sean nos dancers.

The New Mown Meadows, X:5

a version played by Damien Mullane on a D Melodeon

Marty O’Keefe played this single, in Ddor, and called it Mick Clune’s.