Roaring Mary reel

Also known as Foxie Mary, Máire An Bhéicigh.

There are 25 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Skylark (a few times), Tim Maloney’s (a few times), The Maids Of Castlebar (a few times) and Miss Monaghan (a few times).

Roaring Mary has been added to 6 tune sets.

Roaring Mary has been added to 234 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Roaring Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D~F3 ADFA|d~f3 g2 fe|dedB A~F3|DFAF GFEF|
D~F3 ADFA|d~f3 g2 fe|dedB ABdf|afeg fd d2:|
|:abag fgfe|dedA BAFA|d~g3 b~g3|a~f3 ge e2|
D~F3 ADFA|d~f3 g2 fe|dedB ABdf|afeg fd d2:|
X: 2
T: Roaring Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DF~F2 AFAB|df~f2 g2fe|d2dB ABde|fede fe~e2|
DF~F2 AFAB|df~f2 g2fe|d2dB ABdf|afeg fdd2:|
abag ~f3e|d2dA BG~G2|dg~g2 bg~g2|af~f2 ge~e2|
DF~F2 AFAB|df~f2 g2fe|d2dB ABdf|afeg fdd2:|
DF~F2 AFAB|df~f2 g2fe|dcdA BAFA|d2fd edBA|
X: 3
T: Roaring Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D~F3 ADFA|d~f3 g2 fe|dcdB ABde|fede feef|
D~F3 ADFA|d~f3 g2 fe|dcdB ABdf|afeg fd d2:|
abag fgfe|dcdA BAFA|d~g3 b~g3|a~f3 ge ~e2|
D~F3 ADFA|d~f3 g2 fe|dcdB ABdf|afeg fd d2:|
X: 4
T: Roaring Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D~F3 A~F3|Adef g2 fe|d3B ABde|fede fee2|
D~F3 A~F3|Adef g2 fe|dcdB ABdf|afeg fd d2:|
abag fgfe|dcdA BAFA|d~g3 b~g3|a~f3 ge ~e2|
D~F3 A~F3|Adef g2 fe|dcdB ABdf|afeg fd d2:|

Six comments

Roaring Mary

This is the third reel in the Joe Cooley set which starts with the Humours of Tulla followed by the Skylark. In many sessions if you start with the Humours of Tulla it’s taken for granted that the other two will follow.

Here’s another interpretation of the tune:

K: Dmaj
DF~F2 AFAB|df~f2 g2fe|d2dB ABde|fede fe~e2|
DF~F2 AFAB|df~f2 g2fe|d2dB ABdf|afeg fdd2:|
abag ~f3e|d2dA BG~G2|dg~g2 bg~g2|af~f2 ge~e2|
DF~F2 AFAB|df~f2 g2fe|d2dB ABdf|afeg fdd2:|
"variation"
DF~F2 AFAB|df~f2 g2fe|dcdA BAFA|d2fd edBA|

Several sources attribute this reel to Michael Coleman.

Called Foxie Mary on Cape Breton fiddler Joe MacLean’s album.

Roaring Mary, X:3

Very similar to the first setting here, but with a three subtle differences:
1. substitutes c for e in the first half of bars 3, 7, and 15;
2. replaces the F roll at the end of bar 3 with a passage parallel to those in bars 7 and 15;
3. replaces the 4th bar with a passage parallel to bars 8 and 16.

Roaring Mary, X:3

Changes #2 and 3 also accord with setting #2.

Roaring Mary, X:4

Slightly different take on the A section, as heard on several recordings.