McHugh’s Other Foot reel

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

McHugh's Other Foot has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: McHugh's Other Foot
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GFAF GdBG|c2 AF DcAF|cAFc AFc^c|dBGd BGdB|
d^ce^c dgdB|c2 AF DcAF|cAFc ADFA|GFAF G4:|
BGBd BGBd|cAFc AFc^c|d^ce^c dgdB|cAFA G4:|

Ten comments

From the Battlefield Band.

Jimmy’s foot

The foot in question belonged to the late Jimmy - right or left, I don’t know. I think it was former Battlefield Band whistle player John Gahagan who wrote this, and it was played as a kind of “salsa”, complete with keyboards and drum machine. Some people hated it when it came out, but I’ve always liked it for its’ originality.
The story was that Jimmy had had an accident and broken a foot. John had this tune and was going to call it “Jimmy McHugh’s Foot”, but someone else got in there before him, and had already given a tune that name, so John was forced to name it after the other foot.

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Thank you for that Kenny.I have the tune on cassette with no info.I’ve always wondered about the title.

I think it dreadful. The Battlefield Band have such a great tallent, but so many of their tunes are ruined by synthesizer and drum machines, should have stuck to pipes and fiddle, and left this one for an oil-drum band.

were ruined, they don’t use drum machines any more and are fronted by the fabulous Ally White and Mike Katz.

The current line up is fantastic and I got a chance to see them at Celtic Connections this year complete with the line-up from Home Is Where The Van is with them. Brilliant stuff.

Mind you I have always had a fondness for the Anthem For a Common Man album, which this tune is from.

Oops - I meant “Anthem For The Common Man”

Re: McHugh’s Other Foot

The story is correct and it was written by John Gahagan.

We also recorded a less frantic and totally acoustic version of it with The Ideal Band on ‘A Measure of Freedom’ LIFL7003

It worked well for us using Northumbrian Smallpipes, and with John as a guest on whistles, plus Jim Sutherland of The Easy Club on bodhran.

Ken Campbell

Re: McHugh’s Other Foot

Great set, great arrangement. I love it. McHugh’s is a bugger of a tune to try and learn though, even slowed down.
To the detractors all I can say is just don’t view it as pure drop trad and listen with an open mind. It’s good music.