Mary O’Neill’s reel

Also known as Denis Igoe’s, Johnny McIljohn’s, Johnny McIljohn’s #2, Lady Montgomery, Lady Montgomery’s, Mrs Montgomery’s.

There are 13 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Mary O’Neill’s has been added to 4 tune sets.

Mary O'Neill's has been added to 82 tunebooks.

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Six settings

1
X: 1
T: Mary O'Neill's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|~B3e dBGA|B2Ac BG~G2|~B3e dBGA|1 BdAd ~G3A:|2 BdAd ~G3z||
|:g2dc Bcde|d2ag fdad|g2dc Bcde|dBcA BG~G2:|
2
X: 2
T: Mary O'Neill's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F2 FA AFDE|F2 EG FDDE|F2 FA AFDE|FDEF D4:|
|:dBAG FGAB|A2 ed cdec|dBAG FGAB|AFEG FDD2:|
# Added by Kenny .
3
X: 3
T: Mary O'Neill's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B3 e dBGA|B2 Ac BG ~G2|B2 Be dBGA|1 (3Bcd AB ~G3 z:|2 B2 AB ~G3 z||
|:ggdc Bcde|d2 ag fdaf|ggdc Bcde|dBcA BG G2:|
4
X: 4
T: Mary O'Neill's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:a2ed cdec|B2ba gabg|a2ed cdef|ecdB cA~A2:|
~c3d ecAB|c2Bd cA~A2|~c3d ecAB|cABG ~A3B|
~c3d ecAB|c2Bd cA~A2|cefa ecAB|cABG ABce||
# Added .
5
X: 5
T: Mary O'Neill's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:F2~F2AFDE|F2EG FDDE|F2~F2AFDE|1 ~F2EF D2DE:|2 ~F2EF D2FA||
|:d2AG FGAB|Ad ~d2cdec|d2AG FGAB|1 AFEG FD D2:|2 AFEG FD=FD||
6
X: 6
T: Mary O'Neill's
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FA|FAAB AFDE|FFEG FDDE|FAAB AFDE|FFEA D2:|
|:A/B/c|d3 A FGAB|A2 dA (3Bcd ec|d3 A FGAB|AFGE FD:|

Twenty comments

Mary O’Neill’s

Source: Eamon Cotter _ “Traditional Music from County Clare”
Transcription: Gian Marco Pietrasanta

Johnny McIljohn’s Second

Someone posted the better known of the two tunes associated with Johnny McIljohn, and there was some discussion about the other tune which is named after him. This is it. I think it came my way via a tape of Dermot Byrne a few years ago. They don’t come much simpler, but that’s it’s charm. My first attempt at posting a tune, so I hope there’s no errors. I’m sure I’ll be told if there are !

Posted by .

I believe I was the one talking about the second Johnny Mc tune and, indeed, this is it. Good man!

Lady Montgomery’s

I’ve only ever heard this called “Lady Montgomery”. It’s on Altan’s “The Red Crow”, track 1.

Good posting, Kenny. 🙂 Keep it up. The tune sounds a lot like some other tune I know…Mulqueen’s, maybe?

Zina

Mayo Reel

Thanks Kenny for the tune. I just remember this is the one Paul McGrattan recorded as Mayo Reel in his “Frost is All Over,” which is definitely the same as Altan’s Lady Montgomery.

Lady Montgomery’s

This reel is also on Cathal McConnell’s first recording. He cites Tommy Peoples as the source. I believe Altan also learned it from Tommy.

Also played in D

…by Shaskeen. Eamon Cotter plays (or certainly used to play with) the Shaskeen Band.

Mary O’Neill’s

Shaskeen call this Mary O’Neill’s on their Mouse Behind the Dresser album.

Other Mayo Reel

There seem to be 2 Mayo reels on this album. Does anyone know the name of the second?

“Mary O’Neill’s” - a rescued duplication as “Denis Igoe’s”

Submitted on June 12th 2011 by Loughcurra.
~ /tunes/11291

X: 2
T: Denis Igoe’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
|: B3 e dBGA | B2 Ac BG ~G2 | B2 Be dBGA |[1 (3Bcd AB ~G3 z :|[2 B2 AB ~G3 z ||
|: ggdc Bcde | d2 ag fdaf | ggdc Bcde | dBcA BG G2 :|

No gaping differences, but here also are the notes for this ~

# Posted on June 12th 2011 by Loughcurra:

I noticed this wasn’t listed here (as far as I can find with name and ABC searches) although it is on trad archive from Lesl Harker’s transcriptions of tunes from Mike Rafferty.

http://vclvm54.isis.unc.edu/mediawiki/index.php/Talk:Denis_Igoe’s_Reel

& from the given link ~

DENIS IGOE’S REEL. Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB. Denis Igoe is a piper who lived for a time near flute player Mike Rafferty in New Jersey before moving back to Galway [Harker].

Source for notated version: New Jersey flute player Mike Rafferty, born in Ballinakill, Co. Galway, in 1926 [Harker].

Printed sources: Harker (300 Tunes from Mike Rafferty), 2005; No. 93, p. 29.

Quintessence

For me this tune represents Irish music at its simplest best.

The striking beauty packed in such brief lines, is the result of a sure-footed economy of means (if you’ll excuse this bushismic turn of phrase), the pure product of a strong tradition served by one of her many clear sighted heirs -long may they live!- and that’s only the skeletonny dots, I’m talking!

Here’s a variation on the 1st part:
B3e dBGA|B2Ac BEED|B3e dBAc|1BdAd bGGA:|

Johnny McIljohn’s, X:5

Got this tune (named Lady Montgomery) from the playing of Altan, Red Crow maybe, too long ago I’m afraid. Lovely tune anyway!

Johnny McIljohn’s, X:6

Conor Keane recorded this on his 1997 album Cooley’s House under the “Mary O’Neill’s Favourite” title. It can also be found as “Denis Igoe’s”.