Fred’s Favourite reel

By Peter Mohan

Also known as Fred’s Favorite.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

Fred’s Favourite has been added to 13 tune sets.

Fred's Favourite has been added to 42 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Fred's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
c3 d edcA|BABc dcBc|AE E2 FEF^G|AE^GE FECE|
AE E2 AEcE|BABc dcBd|cdec dcBd|1 cAB^G Aced:|2 cAB^G A=fed||
=c3 d ecAc|BAB=c dBGd|eAdA =cABd|=cABG AG=FD|
E3 A e=cAc|BAB=c dGBd|1 eAdA =cABd|=cABG AGAB:|2 eA A2 eAeA|eAdA cABA||
# Added by Kenny .
2
X: 2
T: Fred's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
c3 d edcA|BABc dcBc|AE E2 FEFG|AEGE FECE|
AE E2 AEcE|BABc dcBd|cdec dcBd|1 cABG Aced:|2 cABG A=fed||
c3 d ecAc|BABc dBGd|eAdA cABd|cABG AGFD|
E3 A ecAc|BABc dGBd|1 eAdA cABd|cABG AGAB:|2 eA A2 eAeA|eAdA ^cABA||
3
X: 3
T: Fred's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|c2 cd edcA|B2Bc dcBc|A ~E3 F3B|A2GAFE E2|
cE ~E2 cEAc|B2Bc dcBA|(3Bcd ec dcBd|cAAG A4:|
K: A min
c2cB ABcA|BcBA G2 Bd|(3efg dB cBAG|EAAG A2 AB|
c ~A3 ecAc|~B3c dGBd|~e2dB cBAG|EAAG A4:|
4
X: 4
T: Fred's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|B2 Bc dcBG|A2 AB cBAB|GD3 E3A|G2 FGED D2|
BD D2 BDGB|A2AB cBAG|(3ABc dB cBAc|BGGF G4:|
K:Gmin
B2 BA GABG|ABAG F2 Ac|(3def cA BAGF|DGGF G2 GA|
BG3 dBGB|A3B cFAc|d2cA BAGF|DGGF G4:|
# Added by JACKB .
5
X: 5
T: Fred's Favourite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|c2 cd edcA|B2 Bc dcBc|AE3 F3B|A2 GA FE E2|
cE E2 cEAc|B2 Bc dcBA|(3Bcd ec dcBd|cAAG A4:|
K: Amin
c3B A3c|B3A G2 (3Bcd|e3d cBAG|EAAG A3B|
cA3 ecAc|B3c dGBd|e2 dB cBAG|EAAG A4:|
# Added by JACKB .

Thirteen comments

Frank’s Favourite

Heard this 10 years ago at the Paddy O’Brien weekend in Nenagh. It’s been recorded also by a fine Glasgow trio "Kinnell". I only found the name of it recently from one of Liz Doherty’s CDs, and she says it was composed by someone called P.Mohan. Anyone know who he/she is? This was transcribed for me from the Nenagh recording by Ged Palmer, a fiddler who lived in Aberdeen in the 80s/early 90s. Tricky on a wind instrument because of the G#s.

Posted by .

Here’s a way to notate the same tune with fewer pesky accidentals:

K: Dlyd
c3 d edcA | BABc dcBc | AE E2 FEFG | AEGE FECE |
AE E2 AEcE | BABc dcBd | cdec dcBd |1 cABG Aced :|2 cABG A=fed ||
K: Amin
c3 d ecAc | BABc dBGd | eAdA cABd | cABG AGFD |
E3 A ecAc | BABc dGBd |1 eAdA cABd | cABG AGAB :|2 eA A2 eAeA | eAdA ^cABA ||

The tune is in D lydian (not major) for the first half and A minor for the second.

Cool tune, Kenny. I like it a lot.

Thanks

Thanks, "fiddler",
These modes still do my head in ! I knew this was an awkward one, but the important thing was that it was an accurate transcription when played back on the computer. Glad you like it - it is certainly a good tune, and one of of those that makes you sit up and listen, first time you hear it. Great key change, I think. You don’t know anything about P.Mohan, do you, because if he/she has written any more tunes as good as this, I’d like to hear them, and would certainly consider buying any recording made by him/her on the basis of this composition.

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Kerri/Kenny, the 1st part is straight A major, not D major or D lydian.

Whoops - good point, mark! I was just fiddling around to get the sharps right and assuming the tune was in some type of "D" as listed. (It was late, gimme a break!)

It has to be absolutely correct, otherwise I can’t obsessively tick it off my list 🙂

Fred, not Frank

Just noticed that I gave this tune the wrong title. It’s "Fred’s Favourite", not "Frank’s". The tune Liz Doherty follows it with is "Frank Gilruth’s", and I suppose I got the 2 mixed up, not that I’m by any means, the first to do that.

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Frank’s Favourite

THis is ( pretty much)the version by Four Winds, playing in a pub on Youtube. Maybe the tune is already added to this site, but I cannae find it.

yeah, see it now Indi. I saw that tune, but noticed the abc was in D major ( ??? it’s A major and A minor) and so bypassed it without really examining the tune. Jeremy, can you please clean this up.

Re: Fred’s Favourite

Peter Mohan is a mandola player in Dublin.