Muilleann Na Maidi reel

Also known as Crushing The Twigs, Mill Na Maidi.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

Muilleann Na Maidi has been added to 1 tune set.

Muilleann Na Maidi has been added to 51 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Muilleann Na Maidi
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FD (3DDD FDGE|FD (3DDD EFGE|FD (3DDD FDEF|1G2 BG EFGE:|2G2 BG EFGB||
A3 d BGAF|DFAF EFGB|A3 d BGAF|1G2 BG EFGB:|2G2 BG EFGA||
fd (3ddd fdgd|fd (3ddd efge|fd (3ddd fdef|1(3ggg bg efge:|2(3ggg bg egfe||
(3ddd ad bdad|dfaf egfe|dfaf bfaf|(3ggg bg egfe:|
d2 AG FD (3DDD|FD (3DDD FA A2|A3 d BdAG|EDCD EFGB|
d2 AG FD (3DDD|FD (3DDD FA A2|A3 d BdAG|EDCD EFDD||
# Added by errik .

Four comments

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Vincent Campbell’s version

On the Brass Fiddle, Vincent Campbell does a cool Northern fiddle thing. While playing the d string notes on the A part, hold the 4th finger down on the d note of the G string. It’s simple once you’re in position, but it’s trickier to get back to that position coming back to the top.

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Re: Muilleann Na Maidi

Why isn’t this tune more popular!? It’s feckin’ great. Nice ominous A part, all played on the D string except the B so it’s easy to pull some extended slurring and various embellishments. The first time around in the A passage I like to slur the of FDs (and BGs) leading into a triplet then slurring the first three notes of the following beat and single stroking the last one. Second time the tune is repeated I like single stroking all of it bar the FDs but this time droning at will, either the open notes or all of it. It gives it a nice punch! Nice to throw in the odd cut as well in between all the triplets and drones. Fairly standard fiddle stuff but the this tune make it easy to pull off comfortably with a rockin’ melody, very footstompy (what tune isn’t!).

Anyways I just love the structure of this tune, it flows so nicely into unique parts. The A is brooding and ominous, the B part is like some lighthearted relief before the climax of C, before settling down nicely and more gradually through D and E. It’s almost like a crescendo. A nice Donegal tune, very much doesn’t need rolls, just lots of triplets, short strokes and drones!

If anyone has any melodic variations I’d love to know, for me this is a really nice gem I’ve uncovered. I’ve been fond of it for years but only bothered to properly learn it today and it’s really grown on me.