The Poor Man’s Fortune reel

Also known as The Poor Man’s Fortune.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

The Poor Man’s Fortune has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Poor Man's Fortune has been added to 20 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Poor Man's Fortune
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
FDEF D2 de | fdec dcAB | c2 dc BG G2 | EDCD EAGE |
FDEF D2 de | fdec dcAB | c2 dc BG G2 |1 EDCE DBAG :|2 EDCE DGAB ||
|:c2 ge aege | Gceg agfe | d2 ad bdad | Adfa bafd |
c2 ge aege | afge defg | afge fded |1 c2 dc BABB :|2 c3 d cBAG|
2
X: 2
T: The Poor Man's Fortune
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
FDEF D2 de | fde^c d^cAB | c2 dc BG G2 | EDCD EAGE |
FDEF D2 de | fde^c d^cAB | c2 dc BG G2 |1 EDCE D2 AG :|2 EDCE DGAB ||
|:c2 gc acgc | Gceg agfe | d2 ad bdad | Adfa bafd |
c2 gc acgc | afge defg | afge fded |1 c3 d cBAB :|2 c3 d cBAG||
3
X: 3
T: The Poor Man's Fortune
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FDEC D3 e | f zed dcAB | =cedc BG !turn!G2 |!turn!E3 F GBAF |
DFAd D3 e | f zed dcAB | =cedc BG !turn!G2 |1 ED=CE DGAG :|2 ED=CE D2 z B ||
|: =c2 gc acgc | G=ceg agfe | cdad bdad | Adfa bafd |
=c2 gc acgc | agfe defg | afge fded |1"^*" !turn!=c2 cd cBAB :|2 "^*" !turn!=c2 cd cBAG |]

Twelve comments

This is in D mixolydian, not G major.

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Credit where it’s due…

Composed by…..

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Link…

Links to the recording, if you put "The" in the title.

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Oops and Thanks!

I got this tunes from Martin Hayes but he wasn’t sure of the composer. Sorry for messing up the title and key. I’m not sure what mixolydian mode is but knew there was an F# in it.

Thanks!

Some Corrections

After slowing down the recording Martin Hayes made in class at Swannanoa last week, I detected a few errors in the ABC as originally submitted. The most notable differences are that the C’s in measure 2 are replaced by C#’s, and the E’s in measure 2 of the B part are replaced by C’s. Here is my ABC for the "The Poor Man’s Fortune":

X: 1
T: Poor Man’s Fortune, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
FDEF D2 de | fde^c d^cAB | c2 dc BG G2 | EDCD EAGE |
FDEF D2 de | fde^c d^cAB | c2 dc BG G2 |1 EDCE D2 AG :|2 EDCE DGAB ||
|:c2 gc acgc | Gceg agfe | d2 ad bdad | Adfa bafd |
c2 gc acgc | afge defg | afge fded |1 c3 d cBAB :|2 c3 d cBAG||

Why did you change the key to Gmix?

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I heard Martin Hayes play this tune also, he said that Liz Carrol wrote it….

reaghan, I think you just misheard: Hayes has been following Poor Man’s Fortune with The Fiddler’s Key. TFK was written by Carrol; TPMF he sometimes introduces with a joke about how the title is contradictory but just the sort of thing O’Brien would come up with.

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Composer…..

I looked at the sleeve notes. Composed by Paddy O’Brien from Co.Offaly, now resident in the USA [ not the Tipperary Paddy - RIP ]. As Henk Bos states above.

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The Poor Man’s Fortune

A friend asked me learn a set from a Danu reel set from their album "Ten Thousand Miles", Tr2. According to the liner notes this is written by Count Offaly box player, Paddy O’Brien.