Mamma’s Pet reel

Also known as Mama’s Pet, Mammy’s Pet.

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Paddy Ryan’s Dream (a few times).

Mamma’s Pet has been added to 1 tune set.

Mamma's Pet has been added to 35 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Mamma's Pet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:(3GAG (3FGF EDEF | G2 BG dGBG | (3GAG FG EFGA |Beed BA A2 |
(3GAG (3FGF EDEF | G2 BG dGBG | (3GAG FG EFGA |Beed BA A2 :|
|:eA (3cBA eA (3cBA | G2 BG dGBG | eA (3cBA eA (3cBA |(3Bcd ed BA A2 |
eA (3cBA eA (3cBA | G2 BG dGBG | efed BAGA |(3Bcd ed BA A2 :|
# Added by JMH .
X: 2
T: Mamma's Pet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2FG EG DF|G2AG DGBA|G2FG EGDG|(3Bcd ed BAGF|
GEED EDB,A,|G,B,~B,2 G,B,DF|G2FG EGDA|(3Bcd ed Bdgf||
eA (3cBA EAcA|BG~G2 DGBd|eA (3cBA EAcA|(3Bcd ed Bdgf|
e2dg egdB|~G3A BABd|edef g2af|g2fg edBA||

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Mama’s Pet

I just learnt a fiddle variant of this from someone at my local session. It goes down low in the A-part and is single w/o repeats, not double:

X: 1
T: Mama’s Pet
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
G2FG EG DF|G2AG DGBA|G2FG EGDG|(3Bcd ed BAGF|
GEED EDB,A,|G,B,~B,2 G,B,DF|G2FG EGDA|(3Bcd ed Bdgf||
eA (3cBA EAcA|BG~G2 DGBd|eA (3cBA EAcA|(3Bcd ed Bdgf|
e2dg egdB|~G3A BABd|edef g2af|g2fg edBA||

Both tunes get played at our session, but I’m told that this one with the Ador B-part is an older setting than the one in Yamadasan’s link. Can anyone confirm this?

Mama’s Pet

It seems the version with both parts in Gmaj was originally a very local East Galway setting, played by Eddie Moloney of Ballinakill. Kevin Crawford, Michael McGoldrick, Frankie Gavin, Catherine McEvoy, and many others recorded and popularised Eddie Moloney’s setting of the tune. Most of them mention Eddie as the direct or indirect source in the notes.

Mama’s Pet (Sligo Version)

It seems Michael Coleman recorded and popularised this Sligo version in 60’s. Joe Burke insists the East Galway version I happened to post is the original and older than the Sligo version. We need to take his comment with a grain of salt simply because he’s a Galway man!

I only heard the Sligo version played by Tyrone fiddler John Weir on the radio around a couple of years ago. He has made a beautiful recording called "An Tris Is A Rian" with Claire Keville and Eithne Ni Dhonaile.

1960’s!

But Michael Coleman died in 1945 didn’t he?

Antón MacGabhann = Tony Smith

Michael Coleman

He recorded this tune in New York in 1921 according to the notes in the tune book The Mountain Road, notation of tunes from the cd of the same name. On that cd it is played after The Sunny Banks.