The Fiddler’s Companion

© 1996-2010 Andrew Kuntz







Notation Note: The tunes below are recorded in what is called “abc notation.” They can easily be converted to standard musical notation via highlighting with your cursor starting at “X:1” through to the end of the abc’s, then “cutting-and-pasting” the highlighted notation into one of the many abc conversion programs available, or at’s incredibly handy “ABC Convert-A-Matic” at 


**Please note that the abc’s in the Fiddler’s Companion work fine in most abc conversion programs. For example, I use abc2win and abcNavigator 2 with no problems whatsoever with direct cut-and-pasting. However, due to an anomaly of the html, pasting the abc’s into the converter results in double-spacing. For’s conversion program to work you must remove the spaces between all the lines of abc notation after pasting, so that they are single-spaced, with no intervening blank lines. This being done, the F/C abc’s will convert to standard notation nicely. Or, get a copy of abcNavigator 2 – its well worth it.   [AK]




MNA DEASA BHAILE-LOCHA-RIABHACH, NA. AKA and see "Pretty Lasses of Loughrea," "Execution Song."


MNÁ NA hÉIREANN (The Women of Ireland). Irish, Air (cut time). Ireland, West Kerry. E Dorian/D Major. Standard tuning. One part. The melody was composed by Sean Ó Riada (1931-1971) to a poem by Peadar Ó Doirnín (1704?‑1769). Ó Riada was instrumental in helping to revive Irish traditional music in the 1950’s and 1960’s. It was out of his group Ceoltóirí Cualann that the band The Chieftains was formed, but by the age of 40 Ó Riada had succomed to alcoholism. The Chieftains version of “Mná na hÉirreann” was used as part of the soundtrack for the film Barry Lyndon by director Stanley Kubrick.


Ta bean in Éireann a phronnfadh sead damh is mo shaith le n‑ol

Is ta bean in Éireann is ba bhinne leithe mo rafla ceoil

No seinm thead; ata bean in Éirinn is niorbh fhearr lei beo

Mise ag leimnigh no leagtha i gcre is mo tharr faoi fhod


Ta bean in Éireann a bheadh ag ead liom mur bhfaighfinn ach pog

O bhean ar aonach, nach ait an sceala, is mo dhaimh fein leo;

Ta bean ab fhearr liom no cath is cead dhiobh nach bhfagham go deo

Is ta cailin speiriuil ag fear gan Bhearla, dubhghranna croin.


Ta bean a dearfadh da siulann leithe go bhfaighinn an t‑or,

Is ta bean 'na leine is is fearr a mein no na tainte bo

Le bean a bhuairfeadh Baile an Mhaoir is clar Thir Eoghain,

Is ni fhaicim leigheas ar mo ghalar fein ach scaird a dh'ol.


The English translation goes (from Caroline Foty):


There's a woman in Ireland who'd give me shelter and my fill of ale;

And there's a woman in Ireland who'd prefer the strains of my music

To the playing of strings; there's a woman in Ireland and nothing would please her more

Than me burning or lying in the clay beneath the sod.


There's a woman in Ireland who would be envious if I were to get only a kiss

From a woman at a fair, isn't it strange, and I love them all;

There's a woman whom I prefer to battle and a hundred of them I will never get

And there's a beautiful girl who belongs to a man without English, so ugly.


There's a woman who would say that if I would wander with her I would find gold;

And there's a woman in a shift whose beauty is worth more than the cattle raids

With a woman who vexed Ballymoyer and the plain of Tyrone {a reference to                  Maeve and the cattle raid of Cooley, a Cuchulainn tale}

And I see no cure for my illness but drink.


Mac Amhlaoibh & Durham (An Pota Stoir: Ceol Seite Corca Duibne/The Set Dance Music of West Kerry), No. 91, pg. 52. Claddagh CC14, “Chieftains 4” (1974). Shanachie 79024, "Chieftains 4" (1974/1983). Hearts Space, “Celtic Twilight.”


T:Mna na hEireann

T:Women of Ireland


B:An Pota Stoir





"Em"EEF G d4|d"E"edc "A"E4|EF "Em"G2 FG E2|

"A"E6 z2|"Em"EEF G d4|d"E"edc "A"E4|

EF "G"G2 FG "A"A2|A6 z2|G"D"FA "Bm"D D4|

z "Bm"DD d d4|e"G"fed BA B2|B6 AG|

F"Em"E d4 de|"A"dcA "G"B4 E|E2 DC "D"D4||


T:Mná na hÉireann





| G-ABc | g2 a~g | fdA2 | ABc2 | BcA2 | ~A4 | G-ABc | g2 b~a |

| gfdA- | AABc- | cBcd- | dcBd | G2 G g- | gaba- | ag2e | de2 d |

| cBAg- | ga2g | fd2 e | cA2G | FG3 |]


MNA OGA CILL-MOCEALLOG. AKA and see "The Maids of Kilmallock."


MNA UAISLE LAIGEANN. AKA and see "The Ladies of Leinster."


MNA UAISLE O CARRAIG, NA. AKA and see "The Ladies of Carrick."


MNATHAN TRODACH OBAIR-THAIRBH. AKA and see "The Scolding Wives of Abertarff."


MO BHAIDIN. Irish, Air (?). D Major. Standard. AB. Miller & Perron (Traditional Irish Fiddle Music), 1977; Vol. 3, No. 64. Tradition TLP 1024, Mary O'Hara.


MO BHRON A'S MO DHITH. AKA and see "My Sorrow and My Loss."


MO CAILIN DEAS RUAIDH. Irish, Air. Ireland, County Donegal. Source for notated verison: William Allington (Donegal), who contributed several airs to the Petrie collection [Petrie]. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905.


MO CAILIN DON DEAR AR MIRE AG OL. Irish, Air (3/4 time). F Mixolydian. Standard. AB. See also the variant “Do Riubal me Eire on Genan Go Ceile.” Source for notated version: Davy Condon via the Irish collector Patrick Joyce [Petrie]. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 1077, pg. 273. 


MO CEOIL SIBH A LAOCHRA. AKA and see “The Buckeen,” “Cameron House,” “George Gubbin’s Delight,” “Humors of Schull,” “Lord Kelly--Strathspey,” "Lord Kelly('s Rant/Reel)" “The Musical Priest,” "The New Bridge of Erin," “The Old Grey Gander,” “Wedding Ring [2].” Irish, March (2/4 time). A Dorian. Standard. AAB. Roche Collection, 1982, Vol. 3; No. 210, pg. 80.


MO CHAILIN DONN DEAS AS MISI SIUBHAL LE CHEILE. AKA and see "My Pretty Brown‑Haired Girl and Myself A‑Walking Together."


MO CHAILINN OG THOIR LE TOIGH AN AIRE DHOMB. AKA and see "Bonnie Lassie, Take Advice."


MO CHION AIRAN UR GHIBHT. AKA and see "My Recent Gift."


MO CHREACH A'S MO DHIACHAIRT. AKA and see "My sorrow and Trouble."




MO CHROIDHE CHOMH CHIAR DUBH LE H-AIRNE, TA. AKA and see "My Heart is Black As a Sloe."


MO CRAOIBHIN AOIBHIN AULINN O. Irish, Air (3/4 time). E Minor. Standard tuning. AB. Roche Collection, 1982, vol. 3; No. 10, pg. 3.


MO CREACH A'S MO CHIACHAIRT. AKA and see "My Sorrow and Trouble."


MO CHUACHAG LAGHACH (My Gentle Milkmaid). Scottish, Reel. B Minor. Standard tuning. AABB. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle), vol. 4, 1991; pg. 9. Maggie’s Music MMCD222, Bonnie Rideout – “Scottish Fire” (2000).


MO CHUTHCHAS. AKA and see "The Spot Where My Forefathers Dwelt."


MO DHACHAIGH/DHACHAIDH. AKA and see "The Song of Home," "My Home," "My Own/Ain Home (Waltz)."


MO GHILLE GUANACH (My thoughless lad).  Scottish, Air (4/4 time). G Mixolydian. Standard tuning. AABC. Morison (Highland Airs and Quicksteps, vol. 2), c. 1882; No. 8, pg. 4.


T:Mo ghille guanach

T:My thoughtless lad




N:”Rather slow”

S:Morison – Highland Airs and Quicksteps, vol. 2, No. 8 (c. 1882)

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion

K:G Mixolydian

D>D E>G A>B A>G | E2 D>D EG Ad | B>A G2 :|

D>E F>G E>D E>G | AB G>A E>G E>D | DE FG ED EG |

AB GA EG ED || D>D EG AB AG | E2 DD EG Ad | B>A G2 ||


MO GHRADH FO LEOIN. AKA and see "My Lover Wounded."


MO GHRÁSA AR MAIDIN. AKA and see "My Love in the Morning."


MO GILE MEAR (My Nimble Lad/My Spirited Lad). AKA – "Ó, Mo Laoch, Mo Ghile Mear," "Seal do Bhíos im' Mhaighdin Shéimh,” "De bharr na gCnoc 's i nImigéin," "Air Bharr na G-Cnoc 's an Ime G-Céin.” AKA and see “Will Ye No’ Come Back Again?” Irish, Slow March or Air (4/4 time). Ireland, West Kerry. G Major. Standard tuning. One part (Ó Canainn): AB (Mac Amhlaoibh & Durham, Tubridy, Vallely). A Jacobite song originally composed by Seán Clárach Mac Dónaill (1691-1754), in which Eire laments her love, Bonnie Prince Charlie Stuart, then in exile. It has been called “one of the most powerful lamentations of the 17th century,” and while it is usually rendered by a male voice in a martial fashion, it is in fact a woman's lament for her love, a war hero, who was killed in battle. The verses have been reworked in the folk process and there is a modern chorus to the song. As "Air Bharr na G-Cnoc 's an Ime G-Céin” it appears in Edward Walsh’s  Irish Popular Songs (Dublin, 1847).


Seal da rabhas im' mhaighdean shéimh,

'S anois im' bhaintreach chaite thréith,

Mo chéile ag treabhadh na dtonn go tréan

De bharr na gcnoc is i n-imigcéin.



'Sé mo laoch, mo Ghile Mear,

'Sé mo Chaesar, Ghile Mear,

Suan ná séan ní bhfuaireas féin

Ó chuaigh i gcéin mo Ghile Mear.


For a while I was a gentle maiden

And now a spent worn-out widow

My spouse ploughing the waves strongly

Over the hills and far away.



He is my hero, my dashing darling

He is my Caesar, dashing darling.

I've had no rest from forebodings

Since he went far away my darling.


The tune was played at the funeral of Seán Ó Riada, when he was buried in the little church in Cúil Aodha on October 3rd, 1971. Ó Riada is credited with helping to revitalize Irish traditional music in the mid-20th century and was founder of Ceoltóirí Cualann, the group out of which developed the Chieftains. Some hear similarities between this tune and the reel “Silver Spear.”


Mac Amhlaoibh & Durham (An Pota Stóir: Ceol Seite Corca Duibne/The Set Dance Music of West Kerry), No. 87, pg. 50. Ó Canainn (Traditional Slow Airs), 1995; No. 98, pg. 84 (Appears as “Gile Mear”). Tubridy (Irish Traditional Music, Book Two), 1999; pg. 4. Vallely (Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club), 197?; pg. 19. RCA 62702, Chieftains (& Sting) – “Long Black Veil.” Green Linnet, Relativity.


T:Mo Ghile Mear




B:A Stór 's a Stórín

Z:Transcribed by Martin Wanicki


%Verse 1 and chorus:



%Other Verses:




MO GRACH E AN CRUISGIN. AKA ‑ "The Old Jug and It Full." Irish, Air (3/4 time). D Dorian. Standard tuning. AAB. Roche Collection, 1982, vol. 3; No. 22, pg. 6.


MO GRADH GEAL DILLIS. Irish, Air (4/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning. AB. Roche Collection, 1982, vol. 3; No. 53, pg. 15.


MO GHRÁSA IDIR DHÁ RÓS. AKA and see “My Love Between Two Roses.”


MO LAOCHAN.  AKA and see “Black but Comely,” “For a’ that and a’ that.”


MO LAOCHAN BHOIDHEACH. Scottish, Strathspey. D Mixolydian. Standard tuning. AABB'. Composed by James Stewart-Robertson, the editor of The Athole Collection. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; pg. 96.


T:Mo Laochan Bhoidheach



C:James Stewart-Robertson


B:Stewart-Robertson – The Athole Collection  (1884)

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


A|F<D D/D/D A,>A|F>D D/D/D G<E E>A|F>D D/D/D A,>D|=C>DE>F G<EE:|

g|f>d d/d/d d<A F>e|f>d d/d/d c>de>g|1 f>d d/d/d d<A F>D|=C>DE>F G<EE:|2

f<d c>A d<A F>D|=c>DE>F G<EE||


MO LEANNAN FALAICH. AKA and see "My Love in Secret."


MO LUNDUBH BEAG AOIBHINN. AKA and see "My Sweet Little Blackbird."


MO MAIRE-ANNA. AKA and see "My Mary Anne."


MO MHALI BHEAG OG (My Dear Little May). See "Little Molly O!"


MO MHÀIRI MHIN MHEALL SHUILEACH. Scottish, Slow Strathspey. A Minor. Standard. AABB. "Very old," notes James Stewart-Robertson in his Athole Collection. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; pg. 58.


T:Mo Mhàiri Mhin Mheall Shuileach



R:Slow Strathspey

B:Stewart-Robertson – The Athole Collection (1884)

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


c|:A<B e2 e>d B<g|G<G d>G B>AG>B|A<B e2 e>dB<g|a>eg>B A2 A<B:|

|:A<aa<b a>gg>a|b>aa>g g>ee>g|d>eg>a b>ag>b|a<e g>B A2 AB:|


MO MHUIRNIN BAN. Irish, Slow Air (4/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning. One part. Ó Canainn (Traditional Slow Airs of Ireland), 1995; No. 75, pg. 66.


MO MIURNIN NA GRURIGE BAINE (My Fairhaired Darling). Irish, Air (6/8 time). G Mixolydian. Standard tuning. AB. See also O’Neill’s setting under the title “My Fair Haired Darling [2].” Roche Collection, 1982, vol. 3; No. 63, pg. 18.


MO MUIRNIN ANNSA TIG. AKA and see "My Honey in the House."


MO MUIRNIN 'SA CODLAD. AKA and see "My Darling Asleep."


MO NIGHEAN DHONN BHOIDHEACH (My Brown-Haired Maid). Scottish, Slow Air (3/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning. One part. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, Vol. 3), 1988; pg. 44.


MO NIGHEANAG DHÒNN (My little brown girl).  Scottish, Air (4/4 time). C Minor. Standard tuning. One part. Morison (Highland Airs and Quicksteps, vol. 2), c. 1882; No. 12, pg. 6.


T:Mo nigheanag dhònn

T:My little brown girl




N:”In moderate time”

S:Morison – Highland Airs and Quicksteps, vol. 2, No. 12  (c. 1882)

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


B | c>B GB B,2 C>D | FB G>F GB c2 | {c/d/}cB GB B,2 CD | FB G>F GD C :|


MO NIGHEAN DUBH, N`A TREIG MI. AKA and see "Black Haired Nymph, Forsake Me Not."


MO REULTA EOLUIDHE. AKA and see "My Guiding Star."


MO ROBAIRNEACH GAOLACH (My dear clever lad).  Scottish, Slow Air (6/8 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning. One part. Morison (Highland Airs and Quicksteps, vol. 2), c. 1882; No. 5, pg. 3.


T:Mo robairneach gaolach

T:My dear clever lad




N:”Rather slow”

S:Morison – Highland Airs and Quicksteps, vol. 2, No. 5  (c. 1882)

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


B>cB B>GF | G>BG {G}F2D | F>GF dfd | {d}cBc d2F |

Bcd df>d | {d}cBD F2G | FDF d>cd | BGF G2B ||


MO RUN AN DIUGH MAR AN DE THU. AKA and see "My Love Today as Heretofore."


MO RÙN BHAN DILEAS (My fair and faithful dear one).  Scottish, Air (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning. One part. Morison (Highland Airs and Quicksteps, vol. 2), c. 1882; No. 4, pg. 2.


T:Mo Rùn bhan dileas

T:My fair and faithful dear one




N:”In moderate time”

S:Morison – Highland Airs and Quicksteps, vol. 2, No. 2 (c. 1882)

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


z2z DFA | d2e2Bd | B2 A>D FA | d2 e>d cA | B3B AF | d2 A>F ED | E2 FA d>B | A2D>F E>D | D6 ||


MO RUN GEAL DELEAS (My Faithful Fair/Fond One). Scottish, Air (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning. One part (Martin): AB (Neil). Neil (1991) reports that the Gaelic song was composed by a young farmer from the Isle of Mull, named MacLean, who fell in love with one Isobel of Balinby, to whom he dedicated the lyric. Unfortunately Isobel did not at first return his affections, and later, when she was won over, her parents objected to the planned marriage. MacLean "never fully recovered from his disappointment and he became mentally ill through time. It was during a period of confinement that he wrote this and several other compositions."  There are several versions of this air extent. Martin (Ceol na Fidhle, vol. 3), 1988; pg. 24. Neil (The Scots Fiddle), 1991; No. 167, pg. 217.


MO RUN GEAL OG. AKA and see "(A) Lady to Her Husband Killed in Culloden."


MO STOREEN FROM MUSKERRY (Mo Stóirín O Mhúscraidhe). Irish, Air (9/8 time, "lively"). G Major. Standard tuning. AB. "One half of this tune is given in Stanford‑Petrie, No. 1090, from an imperfect copy supplied to Petrie by me" (Joyce). Source for notated version: Lewis O'Brien of Coolfree Co. Limerick: 1845 (Joyce). Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Song), 1909; No. 174, pg. 87.


T:Mo Storeen from Muskerry

T:Mo Stóirín O Mhúscraidhe





S:Joyce – Old Irish Folk Music and Songs  (1909)

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


D|GFG AGF EFD|GGG BGB/c/ d2d|ede/f/ gfg ege|dcB ABG F2D||



MO STOIRIN O MHUSCRAIDHE. AKA and see "Mo Storeen From Muskerry."


MOATE HUNT, THE. AKA and see "Willie Coleman's Jig."


MOATED HOUSE, THE.  English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). G Major. Standard tuning. AABB. The melody appears unique to London publisher Charles and Samuel Thompson’s 1765 country dance collection. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2), 1765; No. 67.


T:Moated House, The



B:Thompson’s Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2 (London, 1765)

Z:Transcribed and edited by Flynn Titford-Mock, 2007

Z:abc’s:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


G/A/B/c/ d/c/B/A/|GgGg|G/A/B/c/ d/c/B/A/|GG “tr”G2|G/A/B/c/ d/c/B/A/|GbFa|g/f/e/d/ ^c/d/e/c/|dd d2:|

|:f/g/|a/g/f/e/ d/c/B/A/|BBBg|g/f/e/d/ c/B/A/G/|AAAf|f/e/^d/^c/ B/A/G/F/|GbFa|Ee/f/ g”tr”f|e4|

G/A/B/c/ d/c/B/A/|GgGg|G/A/B/c/ d/c/B/A/|GG “tr”G2|G/A/B/c/ d/c/B/A/|G/A/B/c/ d?B/c/A/|BA/G/ DF|GG G2:||


MOATSVILLE BLUES. Old‑Time, Breakdown. USA, West Virginia. Recorded for Columbia Records in 1929 by the Moastville String Ticklers, a W.Va. string band with Cecil Frye on fiddle and Brooks Ritter on banjo.


MOCCASIN TWO-STEP. American (?), Two-Step. From the playing of the late Joe Robichaud (d. 1999), a fiddler from northern New Hampshire who learned the tune from a trapper friend who claimed he acquired it from a Native American musician. The tune was untitled, so Robichaud invented “Moccasin Two-Step” for his version. Rounder Heritage Series 1166-11592-2, Oscar “Joe” Robichaud (et al) – “The Art of Traditional Fiddle” (2001).


MOCK HOBBY HORSE. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). D Major. Standard tuning. ABB (Karpeles, Raven, Sharp): AABB (Barnes). Published in 1698. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986. Karpeles & Schofield (A Selection of 100 English Folk Dance Airs), 1951; pg. 19. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; pg. 21. Sharp (Country Dance Tunes), 1909/1994; pg. 55.


T:Mock Hobby Horse



S:Sharp – Country Dance Tunes
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


a|f>ef Bcd|e2e d2 a/g/|f>ef ABc|d2d d2a|f>ef Bcd|e2e e2 a/g/|f>ef ABc|d2d d2||

|:d=c|B2B B>AG|G2 g g>fe|fga a2^g|a2 a a>gf|e g2 f>ed|Be2 c>BA|afg e>dc|d2d d2:|


MOCK MATCH. English, Country Dance Tune (cut time). D Major. Standard tuning. AABB. Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes), 1986.


MOCK NIGHTINGALE, THE. Welsh, Air. The tune appears in the late 1742 edition of Blind Parry’s collection of Twelve Airs for one and two Guitars, repeated in the 1781 edition.


MOCKING BIRD [1]. AKA and see "Listen to the Mockingbird." Old‑Time, Bluegrass; Breakdown. D Major. Standard tuning. ABCC'. A fiddle contest favorite since the turn of the century. One of the most popular fiddle tunes in modern history, says musicologist Charles Wolfe (Devil's Box, Dec. 1982), while Bayard (1981) calls it a "universal favorite" with fiddlers. It was popularized on the Grand Ole Opry, WSM in Nashville, Tenn. by Theron Hale, but was composed in 1885 by one "Alice Hawthorne" (really Spetimus Winner). In the repertory of Alabama fiddler D. Dix Hollis (1861‑1927), who considered it one of "the good old tunes of long ago" (quoted in the Opelika Daily News of April 17, 1926); also played by  Buffalo Valley, Pa., region dance fiddler Harry Daddario. Source for notated version: Clyde Lloyd (Indiana County, Pa., 1952) [Bayard]. Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 269, pg. 227. Gennett 6604 (78 RPM), 1928, the Tweedy Brothers (Harry, Charles and George, from Wheeling, W.Va., who played twin fiddles and piano). Edison 5362 (78 RPM), 1927, John Baltzell {Baltzell was a native of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, the same home town as minstrel Dan Emmett (d. 1904). Emmett returned to the town, poor, in 1888, and later taught Baltzell to play the fiddle}. Bluebird 5843‑B (78 RPM), Theron Hale.


MOCKING BIRD [2]. AKA and see "Drunken Hiccups [1]." Infrequently a local southwestern Pennsylvania title for the piece "Drunken Hiccups."


MOCKINGBIRD HILL. See “Life in the Finnish Woods” (Livet i Finnskogarna).


MOCKINGBIRD SCHOTTISCHE. Old‑Time, Schottische. D Major. Standard tuning. ABB'CC. A version of "Listen to the Mockingbird." Ford (Traditional Music in America), 1940; pg. 161.


MODE O' WOOING, THE. English, Air (4/4 time). England, Northumberland. D Dorian. Standard tuning. One part.


Young men, when that they do arrive

Between a score and twenty‑five,

There's scarely one that you will find,

But's either more or less inclined

To gang away a wooing, a woop, woo, wooing,

To gang away a wooing, amang the maidens fair. (Bruce & Stokoe)


Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; pgs. 104‑106.


T:Mode o’ Wooing, The


S:Bruce & Stokoe – Northumbrian Minstrelsy  (1882)

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


A|cc=BA Bcdd|ed=BA GAD>D|cc=BA Bcdd|eA =(B/A/G ABcE|

DDEG A2 AG|E2e2 E2 GG|DDEG A2 d=B|cAGE D3||


MODEL T JIG, THE.  Canadian, Jig. Canada, Cape Breton. Composed by Allie Bennett and Ashley MacIsaac. Mary Jane Lomond = “Bho Thir nan Craobh/From the Land of Trees” (played by fiddler Ashley MacIsaac). Wildcat Records WILDCD 101, Ronan Martin – “Ronan Martin” (2008).


MODES OF THE COURT SO COMMON ARE GROWN, THE. AKA and see "Lillibulero." English, Air. The tune appears under this title in Gay's Beggar's Opera, 1729.


MODEST DOLLY. English, Reel. England, Northumberland. D Major. Standard tuning. AABB. Source for notated version: the 1770 music manuscript collection of Northumbrian musician William Vickers, about whom little is known [Seattle]. Seattle (William Vickers), 1987, Part 2; No. 341.


T:Modest Dolly



S:William Vickers’ music manuscript collection (Northumberland, 1770)


A|F>A d>F G>B e>F|F>A dF E/E/E E>G|F>A dF G>A eG|Fe Ec|D/D/D D:|

|:a|b>ga>f g>ef>d|g>ef>g B/B/B Bc|d>A B>G A>F G>E|D>gf>e d/d/d d:||


MODHEREEN RUA. AKA and see "Fox Chase," "Fox Hunt."


MOGGIE LAWTHER. AKA and see "Maggie Lauder."


MOGGY ON THE SHORE. Scottish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning. AA’BB’. Kerr (Merry Melodies), vol. 4; No. 73, pg. 10.


T:Moggy on the Shore



B:Kerr – Merry Melodies, vol. 4, No. 73 (c. 1880’s)

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


DDDF EDB,D|dDDf gfef|g2 (fg) edef|(dA) (3Bcd AFFA|

DDDF EDB,D|dDDf gfef|fdeB dFEF|(3DED (DA,) (B,D) D2||

|:d2 (ef) gfeg|fdad bdad|gafg edef|dBAF (Ad) d2|

d2 (ef) gfeg|fdad bdad|gafg edef|(dA) (3Bcd AFFA||


MOHAR RIABHOGACH, AN. See "(An) Mothar Riabhogach."


MOHER REEL, THE. AKA and see “The Abbey Reel,” “The Union Reel [2].” Irish, Reel. Green Linnett GLCD 1119, Cherish the Ladies - "The Back Door" (1992). Shanachie 79018, De Dannann - “Star Spangled Molly.”


MOHEREAVOGUE. See "Mothar Riabhógach."


MÓIN ALMHAINE. See “Bog of Allen [3].”


MOINEAU LAMOUREUX.  French-Canadian, A traditional tune in the repertoire of the family of Gaspésie fiddler Yvon Mimeault (b. 1928, Mont-Louis). Mimeault says it was associated in his town with the image of a lumberjack, who would come to town in the evenings courting the neighbour’s daughter. Similar to “La Chicaneuse.” Yvon Mimeault – “Y’ était temps!/It’s About Time.”


MOINFEUR FIONNSGOTAC, AN. AKA and see "The Blooming Meadows."


MOINFEUR GLAS, AN. AKA and see "The Green Meadow."


MOINFHÉIR, AN (The Meadow). AKA and see “The Meadow,” “The Trip to Nenagh.” Irish, Reel.


MÓINÍN JIG. AKA and see “Buttermilk Mary [3],” “Coleman’s Favourite,” “Fond of the Ladies,” “The Frolicksome Dame,” “A Health to the Ladies,” "The Irish Miller," “Irishman’s Heart to the Ladies,” “Irishman’s Love [1],” “The Mountain Road [2],” “The Mountainy Boy,” “The Night of the Wedding,” “O’Mahony’s Jig,” “Over the Callows,” “Paddy Clancy’s,” “Pat Beirne’s Favourite,” “The Queenstown Jig,” "Saddle the Pony [2]" (Roche), “Sweet Biddy Daly,” “To the Ladies.”


MÓINTEÁN, AN. AKA and see "The Bank of Turf."


MOIRIN. AKA and see “Moreen,” “The Minstrel Boy.”


MOIRIN NA TRI BAINNE, NO ABRAN NI RAIGALLAIG. Irish, Air (3/4 time). G Major/Mixolydian. Standard tuning. AB. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; 1069, pg. 271.


MOIRIN NI CHEALLA. AKA and see "Moreen O'Kelly," "Pilgrimage to Skellig."


MOIRIN NI CHUILLENAIN. Irish. A Jacobite‑period song in favor of the Stuart aspirations to the throne. The title is an allegorical name for Ireland.


MOIRREY NY CAINIE. Isle of Man, Air. Traditional. Maggie's Music MM107, "Music in the Great Hall" (1992).


MOIRSEISIOR SUGAC, AN. AKA and see "The Jolly Seven."


MOJE DEKLE. Croation. A popular folk melody with the ethnic Croation community in northern Wisconsin.


MOL NA TIARNA (The Landlord’s Beautiful Daughter). AKA - “Moll and Tiarna.” AKA and see “Ceol na dTead.” Irish, Reel. Ireland, County Donegal. A popular reel in County Donegal. Francie Dearg O’Byrne, the fiddler who popularized this tune, told the following story about it and a companion tune. It seems that Mol na Tiarna, the Landlord’s Beautiful Daughter, was brought up by a servant named Maire na Sop (Maire of the wisp), and that this servant had a great talent for lilting which she passed on to the girl. In good time Mol became enamoured of a young man of whom her father disapproved and so they had to tryst in secret. Mol enlisted the help of Maire, who was so attached to the girl that she could refuse her nothing, to help keep tabs on her father who had promised to kill the young man if he found them together. The two women arranged a signal in which, if the coast were clear Maire would lilt Mol’s favorite reel, and if there was danger Maire would lilt her own favorite reel. This worked well for some time until once, when Maire was distracted, the landlord noticed his daughter missing, and suspecting some sort of affair between his daughter and the boy, he grabbed his gun and set off. Maire finally noticed the landlord gone and ran toward the trysting place with all haste, whistling the warning tune. The boy was able to make an escape, and the women able to explain their presence at the place enough to mollify the father. The story ends happily, for the father eventually lost his dislike of the young man and the two were soon thereafter married. The story of two tunes got around and have since been called by the names of the two lilters. Feldman & O’Doherty (The Northern Fiddler), 1979; pg. 165 (Note: the title is transposed on the page with a companion tune, “Máire na Sop”). Green Linnet SIF‑104, Altan ‑ "The Celts Rise Again" (1990). Green Linnet SIF‑1095, Altan ‑ "Horse with a Heart" (1989. Learned from the late Francie Byrne from Kilcar, Co. Donegal).


MOL SPERKA JIG. American, Schottische. A Major. Standard tuning. AABB. Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; pg. 53.


T:Mol Sperka Jig




S:Howe – 1000 Jigs and Reels (1867)

Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


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b/a/g/b/ a(a/b/) | c’/a/b/g/ a/e/e/f/ g/f/g/e/ d/B/A/G/ | {g}a2 {g}a>d | c/>A/B/>G/ Az :|


MOLADH MAUREEN NIC COINNICH (In Praise of Maureen MacKenzie).  Canadian, Pipe March. Canada, Cape Breton. A Major. Standard tuning. AABB’. Composed by Cape Breton piper John MacLean (Dartmouth), originally as an air and hornpipe. It was reworked as a pipe march by Jerry Holland, and Brenda Stubbert has composed variation sets. Cranford (Jerry Holland: The Second Collection), 2000; No. 1, pg. 1.

See also listings at:

Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index


MOLE(, THE). Scottish, English. England, Northumberland. It is one of the "missing tunes" from William Vickers' 1770 Northumbrian dance tune manuscript. It is possibly "Major Molle" or perhaps Scotch Jig "The Moudiewart" (or 'The Mole'), an old Jacobite song, the air of which James Oswald used for his "Scotch Jig" which appears in Caledonian Pocket Companion (1752). William of Orange died when he was tossed from his mount when the animal tripped on a mole‑hill.


MOLE IN THE GROUND. Old‑Time. The title of this song appears in a list of traditional Ozark Mountain fiddle tunes compiled by musicologist/folklorist Vance Randolph, published in 1954.


MOLECATCHER, THE. English, Jig. D Major. Standard tuning. AABB. The melody was first printed by London publisher Charles and Samuel Thompson in their 1765 country dance collection. Knowles (A Northern Lass), 1995; pg. 14. Thompson (Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2), 1765; No. 134.


T:Mole Catcher, The



N:Measures having triplets in them should be played with an ‘A’ note drone.

B:Thompson’s Compleat Collection of 200 Favourite Country Dances, vol. 2 (London, 1765)

Z:Transcribed and edited by Flynn Titford-Mock, 2007

Z:abc’s:AK/Fiddler’s Companion


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ga/g/f/e/ fge|d3 D2::A|FAd (3f/g/a/ f2|(3g/a/b g2 (3f/g/a/ f2|FAd fg/f/e/d/|

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