Mrs. Halpin’s Favorite reel

Also known as Mrs. Halpin’s Favourite.

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

Mrs. Halpin's Favorite has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Mrs. Halpin's Favorite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGAG EGDG|EAAG (3ABA GA|BGAG EGDG|1 EG (3GGG EGGA:|2 EG (3GGG EGGF||
G2 (3Bcd eddg|edBG AGEF|G2 Bd eddg|edBG (3ABA GE|
G2 (3Bcd eddg|edBG AGEG|Bd ~d2 eg ~g2|agbg aged||
X: 2
T: Mrs. Halpin's Favorite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2 AG EGDG | EAAG ABGA | B2AG EGDG | EG ~G2 EG ~G2 :|
BGAG EGDG | EAAG (3ABA GA | BGAG EGDG | EG (3GGG EGG :|
G2 Bd egdB | GBdB cA ~A2 | G2 Bd edBc | d2 Ac B2AB |
G2 (3Bcd eddg | edBG AGEF | G2 Bd eddg | edBG (3ABA GE |
G2 Bd gedB | GBdB cA ~A2 | G2 Bd edef | ~g3 a gedc ||
G2 (3Bcd eddg | edBG AGEG | Bd ~d2 eg ~g2 | agbg aged ||

Seven comments

Miss Halpin’s Favourite

According to the liner notes from Kevin and Sean Moloney’s album
‘Briging the Gap,’ Sean heard this tune being lilted by a Miss Halpin of Kilmihil, Co Clare on an episode of Ciaran Mc Mathuna’s radio programmes.

This particular setting was learned from Patrick Ourceau a few years back.

Duplicate?

Beg to differ. The A parts are similar, but the B parts are quite different. Clearly branches off the same tree, though.

If the comment above means that the tune will be removed, I would suggest that the transcription is unique enough to stand on its own. But hey, I don’t make the rules around here.

Cheers,
Tim

“Miss Halpin’s Favourite” / “Tomeen O’Dea’s”

Names ~ as often happens, no name for the tune at the time and the person you pick it up from is either recorded and you’re unable to ask them, or they just don’t remember… Yes, a nice take on it, definitely, and it deserves to survive somewhere, so to be safe, and it is Jeremy’s decision in the long run, I did copy it quickly in the comments for the earlier contribution. It is hard to know sometimes how much difference is needed for something to have a seperate entry. Some of us try to make the links to related tunes or tunes that share parts, and I suspect the illustrious member ‘slainte’ has us all beat there for persistence, recognition and memory…

Comparing versions can be a kick, melodies get around and get transformed as they pass through different hands, some even exist in multiple forms, common enough between jigs and reels sharing the same or a similar melody… Here’s the two tunes compared, the earliest contribution first and starting with the closest similarity ~

A-parts:
B2 AG EGDG | EAAG ABGA | B2AG EGDG | EG ~G2 EG ~G2 :|
BGAG EGDG | EAAG (3ABA GA | BGAG EGDG | EG (3GGG EGG :|

And now the B-parts, measures 1-4 together followed by 5-8 together:

G2 Bd egdB | GBdB cA ~A2 | G2 Bd edBc | d2 Ac B2AB |
G2 (3Bcd eddg | edBG AGEF | G2 Bd eddg | edBG (3ABA GE |

G2 Bd gedB | GBdB cA ~A2 | G2 Bd edef | ~g3 a gedc ||
G2 (3Bcd eddg | edBG AGEG | Bd ~d2 eg ~g2 | agbg aged ||

I definitely value your contribution, but personally I don’t see a big difference. A ‘big’ difference is when they are so dimensionally apart that there’s no way you could play one with the other. That really doesn’t happen here. They are without a doubt, in my opinion, however limited or valued, the same tune, A & B…

Hell, things pretty much note for note identical have survived on site before in two or more entries while some tunes completely different but sharing some similarities, like a name, have not survived independently… Jeremy does his best, and it is generally pretty damn good…a great resource maintained for us all to use and contribute to…

Well, I would say they’re different settings of the same tunes, but if you want to call them different tunes, then I’ll say that I’ve never heard this tune in a session before, but Tomeen O’Dea’s crops up regularly in our session.

“Miss Halpin’s Favourite” / “Tomeen O’Dea’s”

Again, it’s not my call to make. I was simply transcribing a particular tune from a particular ablum (or, more generally, from a regional style, considering the source). Whether or not it merits ‘official tunehood’ or is judged to be a footnote is out of my hands.

Thanks for copying it over to the comments of Tomeen O’Dea’s, ceolachan - in the event of the ‘Poof!’

Tim

No sweat Tim, it needs to survive however it goes, and there’s no harm having it in two places. I’m all for regional and personal ways with the music. They’re never just ‘footnotes’, they stand on their own merits whether the first contribution or later or they find a place in the comments for another relative. Sadly sometimes such things do disappear… Now that I consider a loss… Keep up the good works…