The Maids Of Mount Kisco reel

Also known as Gearrchaile Sliabh Cisco, The Maid Of Monsisco, The Maid Of Mont Cisco, The Maid Of Mount Cisco, The Maid Of Mount Kisco, The Maid Of Mountcisco, The Maid Of Mt. Cisco, The Maid Of Mt. Kisco, The Maid Of Mt. Kisko, Maids Of Monsisco, The Maids Of Mont Cisco, The Maids Of Montcisco, The Maids Of Mount Cisco, The Maids Of Mt Cisco, The Maids Of Mt. Cisco, The Maids Of Mt. Kisco.

There are 161 recordings of this tune.

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The Maids Of Mount Kisco has been added to 71 tune sets.

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Ten settings

X: 1
T: The Maids Of Mount Kisco
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EA~A2 BAAG|EA~A2 BABd|efge afge|1 dBGB ~A3G:|2 dBGB A2dB||
|:~A3B dBAB|G2BG DGBG|~A3B dGBd|1 e~g3 gedB :|2 edge d2 Bd||
|:ea~a2 bgaf |gfed GABd|ea~a2 bgaf|gede g2eg|
~a3f ~g3e|dedB GABd|eA~A2 efge|1 dBGB A2 Bd:|2 dBGB ~A3G||
X: 2
T: The Maids Of Mount Kisco
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EA~A2 BGAG|EA~A2 B2Bd|eg~g2 afge|dBGB A2:|
zG|~A2AB dBAF|~G2GB dG (3BAG|~A2AB ~d2cd|eg~g2 gedB|
~A2AB dBAF|~G2GB dG (3BAG|~A2AB ~d2cd|eg~ge d2||
(3Bcd|ea~a2 bgab|gedB GA (3Bcd|eaag agba|gede ga (3bag|
a2af ~g2ge|d2dB GA (3Bcd|eA~A2 egge|dBGB A2:|
X: 3
T: The Maids Of Mount Kisco
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|EA (3AAA BGAG |EA (3AAA BABd|eg (3ggg afge|1 dBGB A3 G:|2 dBGB A2 dB||
|A3B dBAB|(3GGG BG DGBG|A2 AB dABd| egfe dBAG |
|A3B dBAB|G2BG DGBG|A3 B dABd| egfe [Dd]3 g ||
|:ea (3aaa bgaf |gedB GABd|ea (3aaa bgaf|gedg efge |
|(3aaa af gage|dedB GABd|eA (3AAA efge|1 dBGB A3 d:|2 dBGB A3G||
X: 4
T: The Maids Of Mount Kisco
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
AG | E A ~A2 B A~A2 | E A~A2{c}BG{B}AG | E G~G2A G~G2 | E G~G2EGED |
E A~A2{c}B A~A2 | E A~A2{c}BA{c}B/2c/2d | edef g/a/g fe | dBGA B A:|
dB | A~A2B dBAB | ~G2BG dGBG | A~A2BdBAB | egfa {a}gedB |
A ~A2B dBAB | ~G2 BG dGBG | A~A2B dBAB | gedB{B}A2 |
Bd | e a~a2bgag | e/f/e dB {A}GABd | f a~a2bgag | e/f/e de g2eg |
a ~a2f g~g2e | dedB GABd | e A~A2 efge | dBGB A2:|
X: 5
T: The Maids Of Mount Kisco
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EA~A2 BGAG|EA~A2 BABd|e~g3 afge|1 dBGB ~A3G:|2 dBGB A2dB||
|:~A3B dBAB|G2BG DGBG|~A3B dGBd|1 efge dBGB :|2 efge d2 Bd||
|:ea~a2 bgaf |gedB GABd|ea~a2 bgaf|gede g2eg|
~a3f ~g3e|dedB GABd|eA~A2 efge|1 dBGB A2 Bd:|2 dBGB ~A3G||
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X: 6
T: The Maids Of Mount Kisco
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EA A2 BA A2|EA A2 BA (3Bcd|eg g2 afge|dBGB A3B:||
|:A3B dBAB|G2BG DGBG|A3B BA (3Bcd|eg3 gedB |
A3B dBAB|G2BG DGBG|A3B BA (3Bcd| efge d2 Bd||
|:ea a2 bgag | e2 dB GABd|ea a2 ba a2| g2 ef g2 (3efg|
a3f g3e|dedB GA (3Bcd|eA A2 ef (3gfe| dBGB A3G:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: The Maids Of Mount Kisco
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BE E2 FE E2|BE E2 FE (3FGA|Bd d2 ecdB|AFDF E3F:||
|:Be e2 fded | B2 AF DEFA|Be e2 fe e2| d2 Bc d2 (3Bcd|
e3c d3B|ABAF DE (3FGA|BE E2 Bc (3dcB| AFDF E3D:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: The Maids Of Mount Kisco
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
EA~A2 BAAG|EA~A2 BABd|eg~g2 agge|1 dBGB ~A3G:|2 dBGB A2dB||
|:~A3B dBAB|G2BG DGBG|~A3B d2Bd|1 e~g3 gedB :|2 edge d2 Bd||
|:ea~a2 bgag|gedB GABd|ea~a2 bgag|gede g2eg|
~a3e~g3e|dedB GABd|eA~A2 egge|1 dBGB A2 Bd:|2 dBGB ~A3G|]
X: 9
T: The Maids Of Mount Kisco
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
| EA~A2 BAAG | EA~A2 BABd | efge aege |1 dBGB A3G :|2 dBGB ABdB ||
||: A2BA dBAB | G2BG DGBG | A^GAB d2Bd |1 efga gedB :|2 efge d2Bd ||
|: eaa2 bgaf | gedB GABG | A2a^g a^gab | gede g2eg |
| abae gedg | edBd GABd | eA~A2 efge|1 dBGB A3a :|2 dBGB A4||
X: 10
T: The Maids Of Mount Kisco
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
G |:"Am" G/A/B GAG | EA{c}A G/A/B GAG | "G" DG {B}G/A/G BGAG |
DG {B}G/A/G EGDG | "Am" EA{c}A G/A/B GAG | EA{c}A G/A/B ABd |
"G" eg{b}g f/g/a geg |1dBGB "Am" A3 G :|2dBGB "Am" A2 cB ||
"Am" (3ABA {c}AB dBAB | "G" G2 BG DGBG | "Am" (3ABA {c}A B "G" d2 (3Bcd |
|1 "Em" eg (3fga "G" gedB :|2 "Em" eg (3fga "G" gedg ||
"Am" ea{c'}ag {d'}bf/g/af| "G" gedB GABd | "Am" ea{c'}ag {d'}bf/g/af |
"Em" gede "G" g2 eg | "Am" {c'}a>baf "C" {b}g>age | "G" {f}d>edB GABd |
"Am" eA {c}(3ABA "Em" efge |1"G" dBGB "Am" A3g :|2!fine!"G"dBGB "Am" A4 ||

Thirty comments

Mt Kisco is in NY state don’t know exactly how this tune ended up with that name. This is a Skip Healy favorite, he jokingly calls it the "Maids of Sliabh Kisco". It’s a great tune for practicing ornaments on the open A string, whether its a triplet, a cut, a roll, cran or jelly donut.

I believe it was written by Paddy Killoran, flute or fiddle player, I can’t remember which. As Will has reliably informed us, it makes a good fiddle tune, and as a dabbler in the playing of the whistle, I can tell you that it’s a great whistle tune as well. It’s one of those tunes that begs for little modest variations that even I can manage - just tweaking odd notes and leaping up into the second octave.

Maids of Monte Kisco

This is the tune that Mickie Zekley of Lark in the Morning plays on his video, How to Play the Flute in the Traditional Irish Style. He slows the tune way down and reveals the technique for the taps and rolls. He says that Mt. Kisco is "a big Irish City in New York."

This tune was recorded by the group Arcady on their album Many Happy Returns under the name Maids of Mount Cisco. It is a great session tune. I think it is also on Frankie Gavins new album, Fierce traditional under the Kisco name.

Mount Kisco

Mount Kisco is actually a small, very pleasant, *very* expensive town in the middle of Westchester county, just a little ways north of NYC. It borders on Chappaqua, the home of both Readers Digest magazine, and the Clinton’s NY residence.

I’ve never noticed that it has a particularly large Irish population. I’ve heard of a coffeehouse in town where they host traditional music concerts; perhaps that’s the origin of the name of the tune?


Mt Kisco

Mt Kisco and other areas in the Catskills where/are popular resorts for the Irish and Jewish folks in NYC - to take a trip away from the harsh world of NYC living. The East Durham Irish music fest is better known as Cutcher’s (sp) around NYC. Cutcher’s is a Jewish resort/hotel, well at least for 51 weeks of the year. Many folks who I knew in the Yonkers/Bronx have relocated to the Catskills, or their parents did. It’s the typical story… I’ll stay in the Bronx/Brooklyn etc till I get on my feet & retire in the Catskills & if I don’t do so well there’s always New Jersey. (Self proding joke as that’s where I was born). All aside it’s a good tune.

Maid of mount kisco

I asked Billy McComiskey about this tune once and this is what he told me (I hope I remember this correctly): He said it’s a very very old Sligo fiddle tune that Paddy Killoran played. Paddy was playing in a bar in Mt. Kisco, NY and was enamored with the girl bringing him his drinks so he called the tune The (Bar) Maid of Mt. Kisco after her. Great tune!

The Maids of Mount Kisco

The story I have heard, (probably untrue) is that the "Maids" part refers to the contents of an all girls school in Mount Kisco, New York. As I said, this is probably a complete lie, but makes for a good story. Bill McComiskey probably has it right.

John McGrath

I’ve also seen the tune attributed to John McGrath on "In Safe Hands" which is an album from young Manchester musicians (1997).

I grew up in Mt Kisco and lived there from 1955 - 1973. It was a much smaller and less diverse town during my childhood than it is now, and notably less affluent than neighboring towns.

I don’t remember any Irish culture there at all. Neither can I report that the Mount Kisco of my youth was renowned for its maids. Wealthy families sometimes had maids, and there were many elderly unmarried or widowed women in my neighborhood. My mother and grandfather grew up there and my grandmother taught school- I never heard of a girls’ school there, unless you counted the Ladies Auxiliary of Nitra, the Yeshiva academy.

I have another hypothesis.

Perhaps the Maids refer to the inmates of the notorious maximum security Bedford Hills Correctional Facility for Women, an easy bicycle ride from Mount Kisco. The 100 + year old facility has housed many inmates who might inspire a tune or two over a pint, such as: Pamela Smart, who conspired with her teen aged lover to kill her husband; Amy Fisher, the "The Long Island Lolita" who killed her lover’s wife and later became a porn star; and Jean Harris, who murdered her lover, the author of the Scarsdale Diet.

The area was first settled because of the hops which grew naturally. There has always been beer in Mt. Kisco, which is perhaps sufficient explanation for a good tune.

Thanks for the music and the site!

Maids of Mt. Kisco

I too lived in Mt.Kisco (‘50-68) so I was interested in this tune’s name. I had opportunity to ask musician and music historian Mick Moloney of Green Fields of America (who recorded the tune)
about it. He told me who composed it, although I forget that bit. He said that in the early 20th century, many young women in Mt.Kisco worked in New York City 30 miles south as maids to wealthy family, hence the name.

David O’Doherty’s Favourite

Paddy Cronin calls it David O’Doherty’s Favourite on his album "Kerry’s Own Paddy Cronin".

Banjo Setting

This is a setting for banjo based on Eddie Clarke’s version.

I have been told on good authority that the correct title is ‘The Maid of Mt Kisco’ and was written by James Morrison about his wife, who was from that area. Having been written after the time when Morrison was making records, it was recorded by Paddy Killoran in the 30s.

The Maid Of Mount Kisco, X:5

Common version, I heard it in lots of recording such as Lunasa or Birkin Tree

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The Maid Of Mount Kisco, X:8

A few little changes from Brad’s first setting to make it pentatonic, omitting Cs and Fs, except in the G rolls (which could be replaced by (3GGG or (3GBG if desired).

The Maid Of Mount Kisco, X:9

This setting from boxplayer Colin Kadis of Boston, USA.

The Maid Of Mount Kisco, X:10

Setting in A Dorian with chords. For the ornamentation I had the diatonic harmonica in mind, I avoided rolls and more than two quavers or semiquavers of the same note in a row. But I used quite a lot of triplets, couples of semiquavers and cuts.