Miss McDonald reel

Also known as Ingean Ní Mic Domnaill, Lady McDonald, Lady McDonald’s, Miss MacDonald, Miss McDonald’s, Miss McDonalds, The Spinning Wheel.

There are 33 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Miss McDonald appears in 5 other tune collections.

Miss McDonald has been added to 7 tune sets.

Miss McDonald has been added to 73 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Miss McDonald
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BG G2 BdcA | BGBd g2 fg | aAAG ABcA |1 Bdef gedc :|2 Bdef gedB ||
G3 D EDB,D | G3 D B,G,B,D | G3 D EDB,D |1 egdB BAAB :|2 egdB cdef ||
gd d2 gagf | edef gdBd | gd d2 gagf | edef g3 f |
gd d2 gagf | edef gdBd | g3 a gfed | egfa g3 d |
egdB cBAB | GB B2 GB B2 | egdB cBAB | GEDE G4 |
egdB cBAB | GB B2 GBdB | e3 g f3 e | dfaf gedc ||
# Added by Kenny .
2
X: 2
T: Miss McDonald
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:BG~G2 BdcA|BGBd g2fg|aA~A2 ABcA|1 Bdef gedc:|2 Bdef gedB||
|:~G3D EDB,D|~G3D B,G,B,D|~G3D EDB,D|1 egdB BAAB:|2 egdB BA~A2||
|gdBd ~g3f|edef gdBd|gdBd ~g3f|edef g2gf|
gdBd gdBd|~g3f gdBd|~g3a gfed|egfa g3d||
|egdB cBAB|GB~B2 GABd|egdB cBAB|GEDE G2Bd|
egdB cBAB|GB~B2 GABd|~e3g ~f3e|dfaf gedc||
3
X: 3
T: Miss McDonald
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc|:B>G (3GGG BGdG|B>G (3GGG g2 fg|aA (3AAA AcBA|[1 (3Bcd ef gedc:|[2 (3Bcd ef gedB||
|:TGFGD EDEF|GFGD B,G,B,D|TGFGD EDEG|[1 (3efg dB BAAB:|[2 (3efg dB BAAf||
g>d (3ddd gagf|edef gdBd| g>d (3ddd gagf|edef (3ggg ga|
gdBd gdBd|edef gdBd|g2 ({a}g)f gbag|edef gbaf||
e2 dB BAAB|GBdB GBdg|e2 dB cABA|GEDE G2 ~g2|
(3efg dB cABA|GBdB GBdg|(3efg dB cABA|GEDE G2|]
# Added by Moxhe .
4
X: 4
T: Miss McDonald
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:cAAc BAAd|cefg a2ga|bBBc dcBA|1 cefg afed:|2 cefg afec||
|:~A2AF FEEF|A2Bc dcBc|~A2AF FEEe|faec dcBc:|
Aceg agfe|fefg agfe|Aceg agfe|fagb afec|
Aceg agfe|fefg agaf|bgaf gefd|fagb afec||
|:faec dcBc|AEAB cAce|faec dcBc|AFFE FAA2:|
5
X: 5
T: Miss McDonald
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FDDF EDDG|FABc d2cd|eEEF GFED|1 FABc dBAG:|2 FABc dBAF||
|:~D2DB, B,A,A,B,|D2EF GFEF|~D2DB, B,A,A,A|BdAF GFEF:|
DFAc dcBA|BABc dcBA|DFAc dcBA|Bdce dBAF|
DFAc dcBA|BABc dcdB|ecdB cABG|Bdce dBAF||
|:BdAF GFEF|DA,DE FDFA|BdAF GFEF|DB,B,A, B,DD2:|

Nine comments

Miss McDonald

A 4-part reel that’s not heard that often. I can’t remember where it came from, but it has been recorded by "Boys Of The Lough". McDonald would suggest Scottish origin, but that’s pure speculation on my part.

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Miss McDonald

I’ve heard this played occasionally in sessions. A fine tune with a driving rhythm that deserves more exposure.
Trevor

Lady McDonald’s

It’s known as Lady McDonald’s on Happy to Meet

Miss McDonald, X:3

Here is the version which appears in O’Neill’s Dance Music of Ireland - 1001 Gems (1907), p. 93, no. 486, as Miss McDonald, Ingean Ní Mic Domnaill.

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The Spinning Wheel

This is a simplified setting of The Spinning Wheel in O’Neill’s 1001 (#479). Quite different from The Spinning Wheel at https://thesession.org/tunes/8570, though there are some similar phrases if they’re transposed to the same key (which I’ll post next). It’s heavy on the triplet runs, so I’ve pared that down.

Bill Black’s ABC simplified version at http://www.capeirish.com/webabc/working/source.folders/onmi1850/onmi_reels/onmi.reels_ABC.txt differs from the source in contour at a few bars, so I’ve tried to split the difference. He also transcribed the original with triplets.

Re: The Spinning Wheel

This tune can be seen in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection as "Miss McDonald’s" in the key of G. Teada recorded it as "The Spinnign Wheel" on their 2013 album In Spite of the Storm. Ah, and according to https://thesession.org/tunes/3779 it’s in Dance Music of Ireland (1907) as "Miss McDonald", No.486.

Re: The Spinning Wheel

So it is, thanks Nigel!