Fred’s Favourite reel

Also known as Frank’s Favorite, Fred’s Favorite.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

Fred’s Favourite has been added to 5 tune sets.

Fred's Favourite has been added to 28 tunebooks.

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Five settings

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 .
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 ||
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:|
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 .
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 .

Twelve 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.