Peg McGrath’s reel

Also known as Peig McGrath’s.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Ganley’s (a few times), Major Moran’s (a few times), Martin Mulvihill’s (a few times) and The Mill Of Kylemore (a few times).

Peg McGrath's has been added to 41 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Peg McGrath's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
fafe ~d3B|AF~F2 ABde|~f3e dBAF|ABde fd~d2:|
fa~a2 abaf|g2fg edce|fa~a2 bf~f2|abag fd~d2|
fa~a2 abaf|g2fg edce|A2FA ABde|~f2eg fd~d2||
# Added by jdave .
X: 2
T: Peg McGrath's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~f3e d2dB|AF~F2 ABde|~f3e dBAF|ABde fdde|
~f3e d2dB|AF~F2 ABdf|afef dBAF|ABde fdd2||
fa~a2 fdfa|bfaf edBd|~f3d edBd|ABde fdde|
fa~a2 fdfa|bfaf edBd|A2AF ABdf|afeg fdd2||

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Peg McGrath’s Reel

A tune composed by the late great flutist Josie McDermott. He played it on his "Darby’s Farewell" album. Peg McGrath was also a flutist.

According to the liner notes:

"He calls it an "instant" reel because it just came off the top of his head. One afternoon he had been playing a few tunes with Peg McGrath. Peg had been preparing a collection for a radio broadcast. That evening someone asked him to play ‘that reel of Peg’s’, meaning a standard tune she had been working on that afternoon. Before he played a note someone else asked if she had made it herself. He said she had, but he knew he could not play the well-known tune she had been playing. He put the whistle to his lips and this tune came out. An "instant" reel!"


Josie paired this with Ganley’s Reel, which I will hopefully post in the near future.

-Jonathan

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Peg McGrath’s

Here’s a nice version from the flute playing of James Carty.

K: Dmaj
~f3e d2dB|AF~F2 ABde|~f3e dBAF|ABde fdde|
~f3e d2dB|AF~F2 ABdf|afef dBAF|ABde fdd2||
fa~a2 fdfa|bfaf edBd|~f3d edBd|ABde fdde|
fa~a2 fdfa|bfaf edBd|A2AF ABdf|afeg fdd2||