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
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.
T: Bill McCormick’s
|: 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 Favourite
Here’s the composer of the tune playing it on the whistle: https://soundcloud.com/rose-mcmahon/mcmahons-fav-jig-james-mcmahon-whistle-solo
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.