Scotch Mary reel

Also known as Abbey, The Abbey, Baile Na Finne, The Fintown, Ireland Green, Irish Molly, Knocknagoe, Knocknagow, The Knocknagow, Mary O’ Wisp, My Love Is Far Away, The Rosses Highland Fling, The Rosses Highland, Rosses Highlands, The Rosses Highlands, Scotch Mary’s, Scots Mary, Tom Keane’s.

There are 79 recordings of this tune.

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Scotch Mary appears in 7 other tune collections.

Scotch Mary has been added to 40 tune sets.

Scotch Mary has been added to 363 tunebooks.

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Fifteen settings

1
X: 1
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:AB|cEE2 cded|cEEF G2 AB|cEE2 cded|cABG A2:|
cd|eaag efed|cdef g2 fg| eaag efed| cABG A2 cd|
eaag efed| cdef g2 fg| afge fded| cABG A2|
2
X: 2
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
cded cded|BEEF G2AB|cded cded|cABG A2AB|
cded cded|BEEF G2AB|cdeg f2ed|cABG A2AB||
# Added by jdave .
3
X: 3
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
G>A|B<EE>D E>FG>A|B<EE>D G3A|B<EB>A (3B^cd e>d|c>AB>G A2:|
f>g|a>ba>g e>fe>d|^c>de>f g2~g2|a>ba>g e>ge>d|c>AB>G A2f>g|
a>ba>g e>fe>d|^c>de>f g2f>g|a>fg>e f>de>d|c>AB>G A>F||
4
X: 4
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
FGAG FGAG|FDDB, C2AG|FGAG FGAG|FDEF D2DE|
FGAG FGAG|FDDB, C2AG|FGAB cBAG|FDEF DEFA||
d2dc ~A3G|FGAB c2Bc|Addc ~A3G|FDEF DEFA|
d2dc ~A3G|FGAB c2Bc|dBcA (3Bcd AG|FDEF D2DE||
cded cded|cAAF G2ed|cded cded|cABc A2AB|
cded cded|cAAF G2ed|cdef gfed|cABc ABce||
a2ag ~e3d|cdef g2fg|eaag ~e3d|cABc ABce|
a2ag ~e3d|cdef g2fg|afge (3fga ed|cABc A2AB||
5
X: 5
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: ed | cAAB cded | cAAF G2 ed | cAAB cded | cABG A2 :|
|: ag | eaag e2 ed | cdef g2 fg | eaag e2 ed | cABG A2 :|
6
X: 6
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: ed | cAAB cded | cAAF G2 ed | cAAB cded | cABG A2 :|
|: ag | eaag e2 ed | cdef g2 fg | eaag e2 ed | cABG A2 :|
7
X: 7
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:GA|BGGG (3BAGdc | BGGE =F3c | BGGG BGdc | BGAF G2 :|
(3ABc|dgge dedc | Bcde =f3e | dgge dedc | BGAF G2(3ABc |
|dgge dedc | Bcde =f2e=f | ge(3=fed ecdc | BGAF G4 |
8
X: 8
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
B|c~E3 cded|c~E3 G2 AB|c~E3 cded|cABc A3B|
c~E3 cded|c~E3 G2 AB|cBcd eged|cABc A3e||
eaag e=fed|cdef g2 fg|eaag efed| cABc A2 cd|
eaag e=fed|cdef g2 fg|afge fded|cABc A3B||
# Added .
9
X: 9
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:(3GAB|cE E2 cded|cE E2 G2 AB|cE E2 cded|cABG A2 (3GAB|
cE E2 cded|cE E2 G2 AB|cE E2 cded|cABG A2 (3Bcd||
|eaaf gfed|(3Bcd ef g2 fg| eaaf gfed| cABG A2 (3Bcd|
eaaf gfed| (3Bcd ef g2 fg| af (3gfe fded| (3cBA BG A2||
# Added by JACKB .
10
X: 10
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:(3GAB|cE E2 cded|cE E2 G2 AB|cE E2 cded|cABG A2 (3GAB|
cE E2 cded|cE E2 G2 AB|cBcd e3d|cABG A2 (3Bcd||
|eaag e3d|(3Bcd ef g3f| eaag e3d| cABG A2 (3Bcd|
eaag e3d| (3Bcd ef g2 fg| af (3gfe fded| (3cBA BG A2||
|(3Bcd ed (3Bcd ed|cGEF G3A|(3Bcd ed (3Bcd ed|cAGB A3G|
(3Bcd ed (3Bcd ed|cGEF G3A|(3Bcd ef gfed|cAGB A3G||
|eaag e3d|(3Bcd ef g3f| eaag e3d| cABG A2 (3Bcd|
eaag e3d| (3Bcd ef g2 fg| af (3gfe fded| cABG A2||
# Added by JACKB .
11
X: 11
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
EFGF EFGF | EDG,A, B,3G, | EFGF EFGF | ECDE C2 (3CCC |
EFGF EFGF | EDG,A, B,CDF | EFGA BAGF |1 ECDE C2 (3CCC :|2 ECDE CGAB ||
[Cc]3 A G2 (3GGF | DFGA B2AB | [Cc]3 A GAGF | ECDE C2 (3CCC |
[Cc]3 A G2 (3GGF | DFGA B2AB | [Cc]3 A GAGF |1 ECDE CGAB :|2 ECDE C2 (3CCC ||
# Added by Jesse .
12
X: 12
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
EFGF EFGF | ECCA, B,2GF | EFGF EFGF | ECDE C2GF |
EFGF EFGF | ECCA, B,2GF | EFGA BAGF |1 ECDE C2GF :|2 ECDE CEGB ||
c3A GGGF | (3EEF GA B2AB | cccA GGGF | ECDE C2GB |
c3A GGGF | (3EEF GA B2AB | cABG AGGF |1 ECDE CGAB :|2 ECDE C2 (3CCC ||
# Added by Jesse .
13
X: 13
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:Bc|dF~F2 defe|dF~F2 A2Bc|dF~F2 defe|1 dBcA B2Bc:|2 dBcA B2de||
|:fbba fgfe|^defg a2ga|fbba fgfe| dBcA B2de|
fbba fgfe|^defg a2ga|bgaf gefe|1 dBcA B2de:|2 dBcA B2|]
14
X: 14
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:AB|cE~E2 cded|cE~E2 G2AB|cE~E2 cded|1 cABG A2AB:|2 cABG A2cd||
|:eaag efed|^cdef g2fg|eaag efed|cABG A2cd|
eaag efed|^cdef g2fg|afge fded|1 cABG A2cd:|2 cABG A2|]
15
X: 15
T: Scotch Mary
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:EF|GB,~B,2 GABA|GB,~B,2 D2EF|GB,~B,2 GABA|1 GEFD E2EF:|2 GEFD E2GA||
|:Beed BcBA|^GABc d2cd|Beed BcBA|GEFD E2GA|
Beed BcBA|^GABc d2cd|ecdB cABA|1 GEFD E2GA:|2 GEFD E2|]

Thirty-six comments

Scotch Mary

This has always been one of my favorites, but I play it with
the G sharped in the last measure of the A section and
with the C# and G# thoughout the whole B section. (I first
saw it written in O’Neill’s). I like the feel of the key change
in the middle. Anyone else play this version?

Altan, on their runaway sunday album, adds a third part.

cded cded|BEEF G2AB|cded cded|cABG A2AB|cded cded|BEEF G2AB|cdeg f2ed|cABG A2AB||

They say it comes from the playing of John Doherty.

Posted by .

the Johnny Docherty version can also be found in that great book ‘The Northern Fiddler’, although listed under the repertoire of Francie and Mickey Byrne; indeed the last 2 parts of this version have now become a separate tune entirely, with the parts reversed.

That latter tune is one of two tunes called the Abbey Reel, and has been recorded by Dervish, track one of ‘At the end of the day’

Rosses Highland #2

I’m pretty sure that the 2nd highland in the Rosses set on Altan’s Harvest Storm is a highland fling setting of Scotch Mary:

X: 1
T: Scotch Mary
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: highland fling
K: Emin
G>A|B<EE>D E>FG>A|B<EE>D G3A|B<EB>A (3B^cd e>d|c>AB>G A2:|
f>g|a>ba>g e>fe>d|^c>de>f g2~g2|a>ba>g e>ge>d|c>AB>G A2f>g|
a>ba>g e>fe>d|^c>de>f g2f>g|a>fg>e f>de>d|c>AB>G A>F||

Abbey Reel - a mixolydian setting of Scotch Mary

This is the version prouse refers to. Dervish’s version is in Dmix, but it also gets played in Amix:

X: 1
T: The Abbey Reel
T: Scotch Mary
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
FGAG FGAG|FDDB, C2AG|FGAG FGAG|FDEF D2DE|
FGAG FGAG|FDDB, C2AG|FGAB cBAG|FDEF DEFA||
d2dc ~A3G|FGAB c2Bc|Addc ~A3G|FDEF DEFA|
d2dc ~A3G|FGAB c2Bc|dBcA (3Bcd AG|FDEF D2DE||

Transposed into Amix, that becomes:

X: 2
T: The Abbey Reel
T: Scotch Mary
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amix
cded cded|cAAF G2ed|cded cded|cABc A2AB|
cded cded|cAAF G2ed|cdef gfed|cABc ABce||
a2ag ~e3d|cdef g2fg|eaag ~e3d|cABc ABce|
a2ag ~e3d|cdef g2fg|afge (3fga ed|cABc A2AB||

MacFadden’s?

Isn’t the Amix, highland bagpipe version of this tune called "MacFadden’s"?

Posted by .

John Doherty’s 3-part version was recorded by Altan with Matt Molloy on "Runaway Sunday" CD.

Any chance you can transcribe it for us then, Slainte?

That’s ok, I jdave’s one will do fine. I wouldn’t want you to bust a gut on my account πŸ™‚

"Scotch Mary" (?) ~ submitted / duplicated as ‘gan ainm’

Key signature: A Dorian
Submitted on February 21st 2007 by Othello.
https://thesession.org/tunes/6848

R: reel
K: A Dorian
|: ed | cAAB cded | cAAF G2 ed | cAAB cded | cABG A2 :|
|: ag | eaag e2 ed | cdef g2 fg | eaag e2 ed | cABG A2 :|

"It is the first ABC i’ve ever made ~ … I learned the tune a couple of years ago from a danish band. I have no idea what they have done to it."

# Posted on February 22 2007 by Othello

"I think the 1st part might be a bit of a mix up with the Monaghan Twig, though. I’d want to know what the source was, i.e. if it’s transcribed from a session tape, or whether it’s half-remembered from a friend’s playing or whatever."

# Posted on February 22nd 2007 by Dow

I don’t think you should have changed Othello’s original key signature there, ‘c’. The intended key sig was 2 sharps (Amix, not dor), making it similar to the Dervish version I posted back in 2006. I feel sure that’s where Othello’s setting would have come from. It maybe just got a bit confused with the Monaghan Twig in the A-part, Chinese Whispers style. You need to be a bit careful when "correcting" other people’s work, I think… 😏

"Scotch Mary" ~ Othello’s take on it in Mixolydian

Submitted on February 21st 2007 by Othello.

Right you are Dow, as usual ~

X: 5
T: Scotch Mary
T: The Abbey Reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: A Mixolydian
|: ed | cAAB cded | cAAF G2 ed | cAAB cded | cABG A2 :|
|: ag | eaag e2 ed | cdef g2 fg | eaag e2 ed | cABG A2 :|

Sorry I missed that in whatever confusion had taken me at the time. 😏

"Tom Keane’s Reel" ~ another duplication?! ~ given as Mixolydian

Key signature: G Mixolydian
Submitted on January 14th 2008 by mellow_bellows.
~ /tunes/8146

X: 6
T: Tom Keane’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: G Mixolydian
|: GA |\
BGGG (3BAG dc | BGGE F3 c |\
BGGG BGdc | BGAF G2 :|
(3ABc |\
dgge dedc | Bcde f3 e |\
dgge dedc | BGAF G2 (3ABc |
dgge dedc | Bcde f2 ef |\
ge (3fed ecdc | BGAF G2 |]

Tom Keane’s Reel ~ Another tune from Paddy O’Brien Tune Collection.

# Posted on January 14th 2008 by mellow_bellows

The only reel difference between this and "Scotch Mary" is the A-part, bars 1, 2 & 3 the drop from B to G, a third, instead of to D, a sixth (Scotch Mary)… That and the key signature as G Mixolydian. Try it also in G Dorian, with a Bb…

Here are those changes for comparision ~

X: 7
T: Scotch Mary
T: Tom Keane’s
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: G Dorian
|: GA |\
BDDD (3BAG dc | BDDE F3 c |\
BDDD BGdc | BGAF G2 :|
(3ABc |\
dgge dedc | Bcde f3 e |\
dgge dedc | BGAF G2 (3ABc |
dgge dedc | Bcde f2 ef |\
ge (3fed ecdc | BGAF G2 |]

K: D Major ~ The Othello transcription

Hey Dow, Othello’s original key was MAJOR!!! And we both know it isn’t that… It is either as I first gave it, corrected, or it can also be interpreted as Mixolydian…

Yes, I suppose I could have mentioned that but didn’t see the sense in it unless I wanted to make Othello look daft. Besides, you’d already given Mixolydian takes on the tune previously… 😏

## D Major ~ A Mixolydian ~ "relative"

But ~ I do realize that D Major and A Mixolydian share the same sharps… So you are still right, I should have picked up on that…

Duplication

Sorry for the duplication. If it is going to be on permanent though, it should show which F’s are natural, and which ones not, although this may be obvious to most. The tune seemed to be altered a bit when cut and pasted. This was my original submission:

|:GA|BGGG (3BAGdc | BGGE =F3c | BGGG BGdc | BGAF G2 :|
(3ABc|dgge dedc | Bcde =f3e | dgge dedc | BGAF G2(3ABc |
|dgge dedc | Bcde =f2e=f | ge(3=fed ecdc | BGAF G4 |

Thanks
Rob

K: G Mixolydian ~ or ~ K: G Dorian ~ 😏

~ the Fs are all natural in both keys… So, you don’t add accidentals that aren’t required. The key signature covers that.

Do you mean then to suggest that those not marked with the natural sign ( = ) are supposed to be the contrary, or sharp ( ^ )? In which case, those should be the only notes with an accidental showing ~ or ~ B-part, bars 4 & 8 ~ | BGA^F ~

Scotch Mary as played on Shores of Lough Graney

X: 1
T: Scotch Mary
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
D: Shores of Lough Graney, P. Joe and Martin Hayes
K: Ador
B|c~E3 cded|c~E3 G2 AB|c~E3 cded|cABc A3B|
c~E3 cded|c~E3 G2 AB|cBcd eged|cABc A3e||
eaag e=fed|cdef g2 fg|eaag efed| cABc A2 cd|
eaag e=fed|cdef g2 fg|afge fded|cABc A3B||

Posted .

Re: Scotch Mary

Flute player John Griffin recorded a setting much like X:6 back in the 1920s, so it isn’t the product of faulty memory.

Scotch Mary, X:13

This is the version by Jordi Savall and Andrew Lawrence-King from their album The Celtic Viol. I did the transcription.

Re: Scotch Mary

Sorry, A Dorian.

Re: Scotch Mary

Sorry again, I changed the key to A Minor.

Re: Scotch Mary

On an album called From Galway to Dublin: Early Recordings of Traditional Irish Music, the Ballinakill Ceili Band play this tune under the title of Knocknagow…it’s a great rendition, very uneasy.