The Mystery reel

There are 14 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Mystery has been added to 1 tune set.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Mystery
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
egdB ~A3B|~G3B A2 (3Bcd|e2dB ~A3B|GEDE GA (3Bcd|
egdB ~A3B|~G3B A2 (3Bcd|e2dB AcBA|GEDE GBdc|]
BG~G2 GEDG|BGAB GEDG|EAAG AEGA|(3Bcd ed gedc|
BG~G2 GEDG|BGAB GEDG|EAAG AEGA|(3Bcd ed gedB|]
~G3E DEGB|dBGB AE~E2|GAGE DEGF|GBdB (3ABA G2|
~G3E DEGB|dBGB AE~E2|GFGE DEGF|GBdB (3ABA G2|]
gede g2ag|egde ge~e2|gede g2ag|egde ~g3a|
gede g2ag|egde ge~e2|~g3e a2ba|geeg b2ag|]
X: 2
T: The Mystery
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
gf|e2dB ~A3B|~G3B A2 (3Bcd|e2dB A2BA|GE~E2 G2 (3Bcd|
eBdB ~A3B|~G3B A2 (3Bcd|e2dB A2BA|GE~E2 GBDE|]
BG~G2 BGdG|BGGA GEDB|EAAG BABd|gbag gedc|
BG~G2 BGdG|BGGA GEDB|EAAG BABd|gbag gedB|]
(3GAB GE DEGB|dGBG AE~E2|~G3E DEGD|GBdB ~A3B|
~G3E DEGB|d2BG AE~E2|~G3E DEGD|GBdB A2G2|]
gede g2ag|(3ege de ge~e2|gede gbag|egde g2gg|
g2de g2ag|(3ege de ge~e2|~g3a ~a2ba|geee (3gab ag|]
X: 3
T: The Mystery
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BGGF GEDE|GABd dBGB|(3ABA GB AGED|1 (3Bcd ef gedc:|2 (3Bcd ef gedB||
X: 4
T: The Mystery
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BG{A}GF GEDE|GABd {e}dBGG|BA (3GGG AEED|1 (3B^cd ed {ga}gedc:|2 (3B^cd ed {ga}ggdB|
B~G3 AGDG|BGAB GEDG|EA{c}AG AzGA|1 (3B^cd ed gedz|2 (3B^cd ed gedB|

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The Mystery Reel

Transcribed from the playing of Michael McGoldrick and friends in this YouTube clip:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8_nc4-xxdMA


See this discussion thread for more information:
https://thesession.org/discussions/13106

Jamie wrote:
The Mystery Reel - From the sleeve notes (of Frankie Gavin, "Fierce Traditional"):
"This tune I would like to think I wrote myself! Sadly, not the case. It has baffled the ‘experts’ as to its origin, but it is the type of tune Eddie Maloney would have played as my good friend Joe Burke pointed out to me."

The Mystery Reel

Here’s the Frankie Gavin setting (first time through), which is slightly different:

X:1
T:Mystery Reel, The
R:Reel
S:Frankie Gavin: Fierce Traditional, Track 7
Z:MTGuru for thesession.org
M:C|
K:G
gf|e2dB ~A3B|~G3B A2 (3Bcd|e2dB A2BA|GE~E2 G2 (3Bcd|
eBdB ~A3B|~G3B A2 (3Bcd|e2dB A2BA|GE~E2 GBDE|]
BG~G2 BGdG|BGGA GEDB|EAAG BABd|gbag gedc|
BG~G2 BGdG|BGGA GEDB|EAAG BABd|gbag gedB|]
(3GAB GE DEGB|dGBG AE~E2|~G3E DEGD|GBdB ~A3B|
~G3E DEGB|d2BG AE~E2|~G3E DEGD|GBdB A2G2|]
gede g2ag|(3ege de ge~e2|gede gbag|egde g2gg|
g2de g2ag|(3ege de ge~e2|~g3a ~a2ba|geee (3gab ag|]

Fiddle in vid clip slightly different in the B-part, maybe along the lines of:

BGGF GEDE|GABd dBGB|(3ABA GB AGED|1 (3Bcd ef gedc:|2 (3Bcd ef gedB||

Fiddle / Flute B Part

You’re right, Dow. There are several different lines going there, and I guess I was following mostly the flute. Slowed down to one-quarter speed, here’s what I hear:

Fiddle:
BG{A}GF GEDE|GABd {e}dBGG|BA (3GGG AEED|1 (3B^cd ed {ga}gedc:|2 (3B^cd ed {ga}ggdB|

Flute:
B~G3 AGDG|BGAB GEDG|EA{c}AG AzGA|1 (3B^cd ed gedz|2 (3B^cd ed gedB|

Of course, that could be wrong, too. :-)

Mystery Reel

The classic cornflake eating clip. Great stuff.

Mystery solved?

I’d say this tune is a version of Miss McDonald, the lovely 4 part reel in G. It sounds like an unusual setting of the tune, or maybe someone’s hazy memory of it.

The first thing to note is that the order of the parts is changed in Mystery Reel. The first part of Mystery Reel is equivalent to the last part of Miss McDonald. The second part of Mystery Reel is the same as the first part of Miss McDonald. If you play the parts of each tune back to back, in that order, you’ll see what I mean (i.e. play the first part of Miss McDonald, then the second part of Mystery Reel; then play the second part of McDonald and the third part of Mystery Reel, etc.) Each part of Mystery Reel is a rephrasing of the other tune. They all start and end in pretty much the same place, but take different ways of getting there. So: same tune, rephrased and re-ordered.

Here’s notation for Miss McDonald:
https://thesession.org/tunes/3779

This is also the same tune discussed here:
https://thesession.org/discussions/13106


Btw, I’m referring here to Frankie Gavin’s setting of it on Fierce Traditional. I’m curious where he got it.

Well spotted, flat six!

Don’t think so….

https://thesession.org/recordings/1582

I’ve just had a quick listen through to snippets of all of the tracks on this recording, and although I didn’t listen to all of the tracks all the way through, I couldn’t find this tune anywhere on "Fluters Of Old Erin".

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