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 a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Teviot Bridge (a few times).

James McMahon’s has been added to 2 tune sets.

James McMahon's has been added to 53 tunebooks.

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Three settings

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:|
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 :|
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.