Mary Claire reel

Also known as Mary Clare, Mary Clare’s.

There are 9 recordings of a tune by this name.

Mary Claire has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Mary Claire
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cdor
|:dc|B2 FD B,DFD|EG,B,E G2 FE|DFBd f2 =ef|gf=eg fcAc|
B2 FD B,DFD|EG,B,E G2 FE|DFBd cBAc|B2 BA B2 :|
|:Bc|dcBd cBAc|dBFD B,DFD|EGFE DFBd|cBAG F2 Bc|
dcBd cBAc|[1dBFD B,DFD|EGFE DFBd|cAFA B2 :|
[2BdFB DFB,D|EGFE DFBd|cAFA B2||

One comment

Mary Claire

This is a hornpipe (in the Cape Breton style so, to my ears at least, played like a reel) by Jerry Holland and to be found in his “Collection of Fiddle Tunes” (1988, Cranford Publications) in more or less this form. This became a favourite for me from the playing of the Cape Breton Symphony in the 1980s.

I think this is in the key of Bb major and modes are not my strong point but I have selected Cdorian as the stated key on the strength of comments by joesmith here:

https://thesession.org/discussions/12481/comments#comment254493

From a tune-learning point of view and especially if you’ve been concentrating on tunes in, say, D, G and A up to now, I think it’s a neat tune for getting your hand shape into the key of Bb but without having to worry about playing “high” Eb with your 4th finger on the A string yet (the only ones at that level are naturalised so you can play open E – bars 3 and 4). Having said that, the book version of the tune starts with a triplet “edc” rather than the “dc” quavers I’ve notated, so you would need a 4th finger for the Eb in that case.