Andy McGann’s reel

Also known as The Galway Races, McFadden’s, Old Dundeen, The Widow’s Daughter.

There are 29 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Blackberry Blossom (a few times), Music In The Glen (a few times) and The Old Dudeen (a few times).

Andy McGann’s has been added to 9 tune sets.

Andy McGann's has been added to 104 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: Andy McGann's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
E2ed ~B3c|dBBc dBAF|E2ed Bcde|fdef dBAF|
EB~B2 dB~B2|EBBd BAFB|BAAF ABde|1fdef dBAF:|2fdef d3g||
a3g fdde|f2af dBAe|fa~a2 b2af|egfe defg|
adgd fdde|f2af dBAe|fa~a2 b2af|1egfe defg:|2egfe dBAF||
X: 2
T: Andy McGann's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
EBed ~B3c|dB~B2 dBAF|EBed ~B3e|fded dBAF|
EB~B2 dB~B2|EB~B2 BAFB|A2FB ABde|fded dBAg||
fa~a2 fdde|fdad BdAg|fa~a2 bfaf|egfe dBAg|
fa~a2 fdde|fdad BdAg|faaf ~a3f|egfe dBAF||
# Added by LH .
X: 3
T: Andy McGann's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
Eeed ~B3c|d~B3 dBAF|Eeed BABc|dfec dBAF|
E~B3 d~B3|E~B3 BAFB|AFDF ABde|1 fgfe dBAF:|2 fgfe defg||
a2 ag fdde|faec dBAe|faaf bfaf|~g3f efge|
a^ga=g fdde|faec dBAe|faaf bfaf|1 gafg efge:|2 gafe dBAF||
# Added .
X: 4
T: Andy McGann's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DBed ~B3A| D~B3 dBAF| DBed ~B3g| (3fgf ec dBAF|
D~B3 d~B3| D~B3 dBAF| AF (3FFF ABde| (3fgf ec dBA2|
| f~a3 fede| fdad BAAe| f~a3 b2ag| (3fgf ec dBA2|
f~a3 fede| fdad BAAe| f~a3 b2ag| (3fgf ec dBA2||
X: 5
T: Andy McGann's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:DG G2 DGBG | BcBG AGEG | DGGF GABd | (3efg dg edge |
dB B2 GBdB | cE E2 GE D2 | DEGA B2 eB | dBAc BG G2 :||
|:Bdd^c d2 ef | g2 fg efge | dB B2 GBdB | cE E2 GE D2 |
Bdd^c d2 ef | g2 fg efge | DEGA B2 eB | dBAc BG G2 :||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: Andy McGann's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
|:Ccdc A2 AB| cA ~A2 cAGE| Ccdc AcGc| ecdc cAGE|
CA ~A2 cA ~A2| CA ~A2 AGEA| ~G2 GE GAcd| ecde cAGc||
cg ~g2 eccd| ecgc AcGc| eg ~g2 a2 ge| ~d2 ed cAAc|
eg ~g2 eccd |ecgc AcGc| eg ~g2 a2 ge| ~d2 ed cAGE:|
"end with" Ccdc A4||

Nineteen comments

Andy McGann’s No. ?

This fine tune I transcribed from the fine CD of Angelina Carberry and Martin Quinn, as I couldn’t find the ABCs on John Chamber’s index. It’s not the same tune at all as the one commonly known as Andy McGann’s - if anyone knows it with a different name, this would be a bonus for identification. Slainte, you’re an Andy McGann fan, any ideas?

Sorry, I’ve no idea. I just can say thanks for another great tune.

Got it by way of Paddy Ryan who called it the ‘Widow’s Daughter’

A great reel. I found this in Henrik’s collection as "McFadden’s reel", recorded on Ceol ar an bhFidil le Paddy Glackin. Fairly similar:

EBed ~B3c|dB~B2 dBAF|EBed ~B3e|fded dBAF|
EB~B2 dB~B2|EB~B2 BAFB|A2FB ABde|fded dBAg||
fa~a2 fdde|fdad BdAg|fa~a2 bfaf|egfe dBAg|
fa~a2 fdde|fdad BdAg|faaf ~a3f|egfe dBAF||

Cheers Lesl

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Thanks Lesl, indeed, that seems to be the same tune.
I looked up McFadden’s on JC’s index, and it appears in another more varied version with a Scottish, even Shetland address, but the notes say the Chieftain played it with a Josef Nunez(?) I think. Charming how a tune spreads out!
Pete

Mm…

Rest in Peace, Andy.

A version from Teada:

X: 1
T: McFadden’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Edor
Eeed ~B3c|d~B3 dBAF|Eeed BABc|dfec dBAF|
E~B3 d~B3|E~B3 BAFB|AFDF ABde|1 fgfe dBAF:|2 fgfe defg||
a2 ag fdde|faec dBAe|faaf bfaf|~g3f efge|
a^ga=g fdde|faec dBAe|faaf bfaf|1 gafg efge:|2 gafe dBAF||

Posted .

Also on Tim Collins and Brian McNamara’s very recent duet album.

T:Widow’s Daughter
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:Reel
K:D
DBed ~B3A| D~B3 dBAF| DBed ~B3g| (3fgf ec dBAF|
D~B3 d~B3| D~B3 dBAF| AF (3FFF ABde| (3fgf ec dBA2|
| f~a3 fede| fdad BAAe| f~a3 b2ag| (3fgf ec dBA2|
f~a3 fede| fdad BAAe| f~a3 b2ag| (3fgf ec dBA2||

From a home recording of Martin Wynn & Lad O’Beirne also recorded by Brian Conway & Tony DeMarco. Most likely the setting that Andy McGann would have played.

Tune number 5 here has nothing to do with anything. Someone delete it!

JACKB does rarely comment on his settings, so none can tell…

Number 5, is the setting from Paddy Kennan’s CD "Na Keen Affair" (except played with C naturals, not sharps), it’s track #8 (listed as Andy McGann’s) and linked here. It needs to be re-linked to "Lad O’Bierne’s". Love this tune, thanks for helping me find the correct name.

Another title from Josephine Keegan…

..who calls this tune The Galway Races in her tune collection A Drop in the Ocean.

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Re: Andy McGann’s “Old Dundeen”

Gerry O’Connor called it "Old Dundeen" when he played here at The Plough.

Re: Andy McGann’s

Is there a recording of Andy McGann playing this and if so what does he call it?

Re: Andy McGann’s

A version of Brian Conway and Tony DeMarco playing this tune can be found at: https://archive.comhaltas.ie/tracks/14045

This is probably as close as you are going to find to Andy McGann playing it. See setting X4 and b.maloney’s comment.

Andy McGann’s, X:6

Paddy O’Brien’s version from his first tune collection, reel number 46.
He writes: "…in March 1968 … I was introduced to Catherine Brennan Grant, who played with and
knew Michael Coleman for years before he died in 1945. She had her fiddle with her
and the first tune she played for us was `The Widow’s Daughter`. She remarked that
Coleman loved this reel and gave it to her when she was a young girl."

It’s not clear that Coleman and Brennan Grant played it in C as Paddy does, but it beautiful in this key.
(Maybe the key should be Amin, but the ending A seems sort of unresolved, so I think C is right.)

Paddy’s version is subtly different from all the other settings that are here so far.