James McMahon’s jig

Also known as Bill McCormick’s, James McMahon’s Favourite, Padraig O’Keefe’s Mother’s, Willie Coyle’s.

There are 14 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

James McMahon’s appears in 1 other tune collection.

James McMahon’s has been added to 4 tune sets.

James McMahon's has been added to 53 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: James McMahon's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:a|fed edB|AdB AFA|BAF DEF|ABd ede|
~f3 edB|AdB AFA|BAF DEF|Adc d2:|
|:e|def ~a3|baf ede|f2d edB|ABd edB|
def ~a3|baf edB|def edB|Adc d2:|
2
X: 2
T: James McMahon's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: f2d edB | AdB AFA | BAF DFA |1 Bcd ede :|2 Bdc dze ||
|: f2f afa | baf fed | eff edB | ABd ede |
eff afa | baf fed | efd edB | Adc d2e :|
3
X: 3
T: James McMahon's
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B2G AGE|DGE DB,D|EDB, G,A,B,|DEG AGA|
BAG AGE|DGE DB,D|EDB, G,A,B,|DGF G3:|
BAB d3|edB AGA|BAG AGE|DEG AGA|
BAB d3|edB AGA|B2G AGE|DGF G3:|

Seven comments

James McMahon’s (jig)

A composition of Fermanagh flute player James McMahon, who wrote the Banshee. I first learned the A major version from Charlie Piggott and Gerry Harrington’s duet playing, but transposed it back to the original key. A different version of the tune can be found on page 82 of Hidden Fermanagh Book. It seems to be included in Ceol Rince Vol 4, too.

There are a couple of jigs with similar pentatonic feel:

The Luathradán: https://thesession.org/tunes/1880
The Shaskeen: https://thesession.org/tunes/5197

James Mahon

I thought for a minute the title was "James Mahon’s". James Mahon is a local piper and flute player I know.

Is that the man who won this year’s All-Ireland flute competition?

You got it in one Sláinte! He’s also a great uilleann piper and a gentleman too, and was the 2005 champion on this instrument.

Below seems like another variation of James McMahon’s jig.

X: 1
T: Bill McCormick’s
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
|: f2d edB | AdB AFA | BAF DFA |1 Bcd ede :|2 Bdc dze ||
|: f2f afa | baf fed | eff edB | ABd ede |
eff afa | baf fed | efd edB | Adc d2e :|

James McMahon’s, X:3

Here it is in G. At our local session, we play it in this key after MacCallum’s (The Chapel Bell) in D.