The Maho Snaps jig

Also known as Dumfries House, Magho Snaps, The Maho Schnaps, Mahoe Snaps, The Mahoe Snaps, Mayo Snaps, The Mayo Snaps, McSnap’s.

There are 31 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Get Up Old Woman And Shake Yourself (a few times), Hamilton House (a few times), Charlie Hunter (a few times), The Chicken That Made The Soup (a few times) and Paddy Taylor’s (a few times).

The Maho Snaps has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Maho Snaps has been added to 110 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Maho Snaps
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~G3 GBd|gdB GAB|cBc EFG|
AFD DEF|~G3 GBd|gdB GAB|
cGE AFD|1 GAG G2D:|2 GAG G2d||
|:dBd ece|fdf gfe|dBd efg|
fd^c d2d|dBd ece|fdf gfe|
dcB Agf|1 gdB G2d:|2 gdB G2D||
X: 2
T: The Maho Snaps
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|~G3 GBd|gdB GAB|cBc EFG|AFd cBA|
~G3 GBd|gdB GAB|cAF DFA|AGF G2:|
B|d^cd ede|fef gfe|d2d efg|fd^c d2A|
dAA eAA|fAA gfe|dfa agf|gdB G2:|
X: 3
T: The Maho Snaps
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|D|:"G"~G3 GBd|"G"gdB GAB|"C"cBc "G"EFG|"D"AFd cBA|
"G"~G3 GBd|"G"gdB GAB|"Am"cAF "D"DFA|[1"G"AGF G2D:|[2"G"AGF G2B|]
|:"G"d^cd ede|"C"fef gfe|"G"d2d "Em"efg|"D"fd^c d2A|
"G"dAA "C"eAA|"Bm"fAA "Em"gfe|"G"dfa "D"agf|[1"G"gdB G2B:|[2"G"gdB G3|]
# Added by Bryce .
X: 4
T: The Maho Snaps
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|D|:"G"G3 GBd|"G"gdB GAB|"C"cBc "G"EFG|"D"AFd cBA|
"G"G3 GBd|"G"gdB GAB|"Am"cAF "D"DFA|[1"G"AGF G2D:|[2"G"AGF G2B|]
|:"G"dB/^c/d ede|"C"fef gfe|"G"dB/c/d "Em"efg|"D"fd^c d2A|
"G"dAA "C"eAA|"Bm"fAA "Em"gfe|"G"dfa "D"agf|[1"G"gdB G2B:|[2"G"gdB G3|]
# Added by JACKB .

Fifteen comments

The title apparently refers to the whiplash-inducing potholes in the roads around Magho, Co. Fermanagh.

Marcus OMurchu has this on his album with two other fermangh jigs

Maho Snaps

My version based on Marcas O’Murchu’s playing:

K:G
D|~G3 GBd|gdB GAB|cBc EFG|AFd cBA|
~G3 GBd|gdB GAB|cAF DFA|AGF G2:|
B|d^cd ede|fef gfe|d2d efg|fd^c d2A|
dAA eAA|fAA gfe|dfa agf|gdB G2:|

This is an Irish version of a common Scottish jig called "Dumfries House".

Allegedly written by Mick Hoy …

And who alleges that? :-/

It’s a lot older than Mick Hoy, that’s for sure. A simple search for Dumfries House on the Fiddler’s Companion gives you this:

"Composed by John Riddell (1718‑95), the blind amateur fiddle‑composer of Ayr, and first published (by music publisher Robert Bremner) in his c. 1776 A Collection of Scots Reels, Minuets, etc. (pg. 32)."

I do wish people here wouldn’t make rubbish statements without doing at least a bit of research and giving sources to back them up.

According to "Hidden Fermanagh" book, Mick Hoy learned this tune from another Fermanagh fiddle player Pat Carty.

Maho Snaps

As slainte says, Mick Hoy learnt this tune from Pat Carty who, according to the notes in the "Hidden Fermanagh" book, was a policeman in Canada. It is possible that the tune was learned in Canada, in parts of which Scottish tunes are more common. All conjecture.

Sadly, the celebrated bumps, rather than potholes, in the road were taken care of by the county council some time ago. So much for progress. The "Hidden Fermanagh" book does credit Pat Carty with naming the tune for those bumps.

Aidan - you could be forgiven for thinking it was composed by Mick Hoy (I’ve read that somewhere as well), as that is what it says here:
http://www.irishtune.info/tune/3918/
But I am sure Nigel G, Dow and Slainte are right. I always thought Mick Hoy must have been exceptionally clever to write such an old and Scottish sounding tune.

Chord Progression

Does anyone know the chord progression from ó Bhéal gó Béal my guitarist friend can’t quite get it

A lovely County Fermanagh tune, got through the playing of fiddler Mick Hoy.
I was told its an area of road that snakes up an down..
Alright if your wifes pregnant an near her time - And you want to hurry thing’s along a bit,,, we have a bit of road like that here outside Glenoe in County Antrim.. I tried it once with our first, but it did not work — lol….
jim,,,

Maho Snaps

Seeing a new setting of the tune has reminded me of the pleasure I got from playing it along with Cathal McConnell a couple of years ago. I like the tune rather a lot.

Re: The Maho Snaps

This jig was posted in one of my Facebook groups this morning under its Scottish name, "Dumfries House," so, as I always do, I played it through to get a feel for it. I found the tune at the Traditional Tune Archive (tunearch.org/wiki/DumfriesHouse) and played through the versions there. Now having played through the Irish versions, I have to say that I prefer the Scottish originals. They just seem more spritely and complex. Definitely a tune worth having in the repertoire, either way.