The Fiddler’s Companion

© 1996-2008 Andrew Kuntz







M 4 T RANCH, THE. Canadian, Hornpipe. Canada, Cape Breton. E Major. Standard tuning. AB. Composed by Cape Breton fiddler and composer Dan R. MacDonald (1911-1976). Cameron (Trip to Windsor), 1994; pg. 71.


M. AIMÉ GAGNON. French-Canadian, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning. AAA’BB’. A ‘crooked’ tune. Source for notated version: fiddler Aimé Gagnon (Lotbinière, Québec) [Remon & Bouchard]. Remon & Bouchard (25 Crooked Tunes, Vol. 1: Québec Fiddle Tunes), vol. 1, 1996; No. 15.


'M BAILE 'M BEIL MO LEANNAN FEIN. AKA and see "Hamlet Where My Lover Dwells.”


M. J. RYAN’S. Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning. AB. Source for notated version: flute player M. J. Ryan (Co. Sligo) [Breathnach]. Breathnach (CRE II), 1976; No. 142, pg. 76 (appears as “Gan anim/Untitled”).


M. MARC PERREAULT. AKA – “Air de Marc Perreault.” French-Canadian, Reel. A Major. AEae tuning. AABB. A ‘crooked’ tune—the ‘B’ part has an extra beat. Source for notated version: Marc Perreault (Abitibi region, 300 miles northwest of Montreal) via Claude Méthé [Remon & Bouchard]. Remon & Bouchard (25 Crooked Tunes, Vol. 1: Québec Fiddle Tunes), Vol. 1, 1996; No. 22. 30 Below TB 001CD, Les têtes de violon (Bouchard et al) – “Airs Tordus/Crooked Tunes” (1998).


MA BLONDE EST PARTIE (My Blonde is Gone). AKA and see "Jol(i)e Blonde," "Jole Blon." Cajun, Waltz. USA, southwestern Louisiana. A Major. Standard tuning. AAB(Vocal)BB(Vocal)BB(Vocal)BA. One of the most famous Cajun music recordings. Related songs are Varise Connor's and Preston Manuel's "Jolie Blonde," Iry LeJeune's "La Fille d' la Veuve" and Elton "Bee" Cormier's "La Reine de Mon Coeur." Souce for notated version: Cleoma, Amede and Ophy Breaux (La.) [Francois]. Francois (Yé Yaille, Chère!), 1990; pgs. 47-48. Columbia 40510 (78 RPM), Cleoma Breaux with brothers Amede and Ophy Breaux (1928). Old Timey OT-114, Amede, Ophy & Cleoma Breaux (reissue).


MA CHÈRE 'TITE FILLE (My Dear Little Girl). AKA - "La Valse de la Rosa" (Rosa's Waltz). Cajun, Waltz. USA, southwestern Louisiana. G Major. Standard tuning. ABAB(Vocal)B(Vocal)BAB(Vocal)B(Vocal)BAB(Vocal)B. The 'B' part, or turn, resolves the 'A' part which is also the vocal. Related songs are Joseph Falcon's "Aimer et Perdre," Nathan Abshire's "Cher 'Tit Monde" and Leo Soileau's "La Valse de la Rosa" (Soileau's second name for the tune). Source for notated version: fiddler Leo Soileau (La.) [Francois]. Francois (Yé Yaille, Chère!), 1990; pgs. 75-78. Old Timey Records OT-114, Leo Soileau.


MA COMPAGNE. French-Canadian, Waltz. D Major. Standard tuning. AA'BB'A". Source for notated version: French-Canadian button accordion player Philippe Bruneau (Quebec) [Begin]. Begin (Philippe Bruneau), 1993; No. 16, pg. 26.


MA  FERGUSON. Old-Time, Breakdown. A version of “Duck River,” and part of the larger “Dubuque” tune family. Moses Bonner, who recorded the tune in the 1920’s, was a fiddler from Fort Worth, Texas, although he was born in Alabama. Victor 19669 (78 RPM), Moses J. Bonner (1925).


MA JOLIE PETITE FILLE. Cajun. USA, La. Decca 17058 (78 RPM), Leo Soileau's Four Aces, 1938.


MA LUIRC (The Plains of Boyle). AKA and see “The Plains of Boyle.”


MA MA COME LETS DANCE. Swedish, Norwegian; Waltz. D Major. Standard tuning. AA’BB’CC. Cranford (Jerry Holland’s), 1995; No. 279, pg. 82.


MA, MA, MA. AKA and see "Graine M(h)aol [1]."


MA McNULTY'S SCHOTTISCHE [1]. Irish, Schottishe (4/4 time). A Dorian. Standard tuning. AABB'. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No. 282, pg. 158.


MA McNULTY'S SCHOTTISHE [2]. Irish, Schottishe (4/4 time). A Minor. Standard tuning. AA'BB'. Carlin (Master Collection), 1984; No.283, pg. 159.


MA PUT YOUR KETTLE ON. Old-Time. Low-D tuning. Shanachie 6040, Gerry Milnes & Lorraine Lee Hammond – “Hell Up Coal Holler” (1999. Learned from Randolph County, W. Va. fiddler Woody Simmons, who himself had it from Edden Hammons).


MA SE SIN AGUTSA. AKA and see "If You Have That."


MAAM CROSS. Irish, Jig. A Minor (‘A’ part) & A Major (‘B’ part). Standard. AABB. Composed by Falmouth, Massachusetts, writer and banjo player Bill Black.


T: Maam Cross

C: © B.Black

Q: 300

R: jig

M: 6/8

L: 1/8

K: Am

E | ABc AEE | dcB A^GE | FED ^GBB | dcB e^gg |

a^ga fed | Bdf ecA | B^GB AFD | E^GB A2 :|

K: A

e | aga fdf | ece dcB | Ace aga | fBB Bce |

aga fdf | ece dcB | AFF Edc | BAG A2 :|


MAAS. Shetland, Slow Air (4/4 time). A Minor. Standard. AA'BB. "'Maas' is my description of the flight of the Fulmar petrel, called the Maaly in Shetland. Maas is a sort of name for all gull types of bird in Shetland. The last bar is where the bird lands on its rock near the nest. 'Wheels down, Wings folded,' says to me 'You can't do that.'" (Anderson). Composed by Shetland fiddler, collector, composer and teacher Tom Anderson, 1974. Alburger (Scottish Fiddlers and Their Music), 1983; Ex. 115, pg. 207. Anderson (Ringing Strings), 1983; pg. 86.


MABEL. AKA and see "Dubuque." Old-Time, Breakdown. These words are associated with the melody:


Glory to the Meetinghouse and glory to the stable,

Glory to the little girl that they call Mable.

Love it is a an awful thing and beauty is a blossum,

If you want your finger bit just poke it at a 'possum.


Rounder CD0262, Mike Seeger - "Fresh Oldtime String Band Music" (1988. Learned from a 1939 recording by Elmo Newcomer, Pipe Creek, Texas, recorded by John and Rudy Lomax for the Library of Congress).


MABEL HENRY'S FLING. American, Reel. D Major. Standard. AABB. Source for notated version: Jehile Kirkhuff (Pa.) [Phillips]. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), 1994; pg. 148.


MABEL'S FANCY. Old‑Time, Breakdown. USA, Pa. A Major. Standard. AABB. Source for notated version: Jehile Kirkhuff (Montrose, Pa.) [Christeson]. R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, Vol. 2), 1984; pg. 7.


MABLE/MABEL KELLY (Maible Ni Cheallaigh). Irish, Air or Planxty (3/4 time). D Dorian. Standard. AB. Thought to have been one of the compositions of blind Irish harper Turlough O'Carolan (1670‑1738), it is one of seven airs he composed for people named Kelly. It was recorded by the Belfast Northern Star of July 15, 1792, as having been played by one of ten Irish harp masters at the last great convocation of ancient Irish harpers, the Belfast Harp Festival, held that week. A song as well as an air, it was probably composed in honor of the only daughter and heiress of Laughlin Kelly of Lismoyle, County Roscommon, according to Donal O’Sullivan. She died unmarried in 1745. Complete Collection of Carolan's Irish Tunes, 1984; No. 73, pg. 63. Maggie's Music MM107, "Music  in the Great Hall" (1992). RCA 5798-2-RC, "James Galway and the Chieftains in Ireland" (1986). Shanachie 79013, Derek Bell - "Carolan's Receipt" (1987).

T:Mabel Kelly
C:Turlough Carolan
B:"Carolan", by Donal O'Sullivan

Z:Transcribed by Paul de Grae
N:poco andante
d/c/|A2 A2 Ac|d2 de de|dc AG Ac|d2 de d2|
cB AG ED|C2 CD C2|AG ED EG|A2 Ac A2|
c2 ce ce|d2 de d2|ed eg ag|~e3 d c2|cB cd ed|
cd cB AG|E>D CE GE|D2 DE D||D/C/|
A,2 A,2 DE|GE GA G2|GE DC EG|A2 Ac A2|
cB cd ed|cA cd eg|ag ed ce|d2 de d2|cB AG E>D|
C2 CD C2|AG ED EG|A2 Ac A2|c2 GE C2|
d2 cB AG|E>D CE GE|D2 DE D||




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MABOU COAL MINES. Canadian, Reel or Strathspey. Canada, Cape Breton. A Major. Standard. AABB’. Named for a town in Cape Breton that has been a center for traditional music. Source for notated version: Johnny Wilmot (Cape Breton) [Dunlay & Greenberg], Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music from Cape Breton), 1996; pg. 38. Atlantica Music 02 77657 50222 26, Kyle & Lucy MacNeil - “Atlantic Fiddles” (1994). Barra Music Co., The Barra MacNeils - “Rock in the Stream” (1989). Buckshot BT 9005, Johnny Wilmot - “Cape Breton Fiddling: All Time Favorite...” Marquis ERA 181, David Greenberg/Puirt a Baroque - “Bach Meets Cape Breton” (1996. Appears as “Traditional Mabou Strathspey”). Oak/Heritage Music RHF9, Johnny Wilmot - “Red Hot Fiddle” (Reissue of Buckshot BT 9005).


MABOU HALL, THE. Canadian, Jig. Canada, Cape Breton. A Major. Standard. AABB’. Composed by Cape Breton fiddler and composer Dan R. MacDonald (1911-1976), named after the town of Mabou, west Cape Breton. Cameron (Trip to Windsor), 1994; pg. 41.


MABOU JIG. Cape Breton, Jig. Rounder 7011, "The Beatons of Mabou: Scottish Violin Music from Cape Breton" (1978).


MABOU REEL [1], A (Poirt Mabou). AKA and see “Elizabeth’s Big Coat.”


MABOU REEL [2]. AKA and see “Willy McKenzie’s.”


MABOU STRATHSPEY ON D, A. Canadian, Strathspey. Canada, Cape Breton. D Major or D Major/Mixolydian. Standard. AABB. Also in the repertoire of Cape Breton fiddler Johnny Wilmot, learned from Joe Confiant. Source for notated version: John Campbell (Cape Breton), learned from his father. [Dunlay & Greenberg]. Dunlay & Greenberg (Traditional Celtic Violin Music from Cape Breton), 1996; pg. 72. RMD-CAS1, Rodney MacDonald - “Dancer’s Delight” (1995. Appears as “Traditional Mabou Strathspey”). Rounder 7003, John Campbell - “Cape Breton Violin Music” (1976. Appears as “Strathspey in D”).





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