McDermott's Reel (1)

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McDERMOT'S REEL [1]. AKA - "McDermoth's Reel." AKA and see "Master McDermott's Reel," "New Policeman (4)." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Brendan Breathnach thought this tune to be a version of "Boys of the Lough (The)." It was composed by fiddler Michael "The Master" McDermott, a schoolteacher from Pomery and Carrigmore, County Tyrone, who died in 1947. Frequently the tune is called "Master McDermott's."

Source for notated version: Brendan Mulvihill (Baltimore, Md.) [Mulvihill]; Emmett Hughes (b. 1921, Dromore, Queen's County, Prince Edward Island) [Perlman]; flute player Johnnie Maguire (County Fermanagh) [Ceol].

Printed sources: Ceol, vol. 3, no. 1. McNulty (Dance Music of Ireland), 1965; p. 10. Mulvihill (1st Collection), 1986; No. 179, p. 49 (appears as "McDermoth's Reel"). Perlman (The Fiddle Music of Prince Edward Island), 1996; p. 78.

Recorded sources: Copley Records EP9-20 (45 RPM), Paddy O'Brien (195?). Front Hall SHR-024, Fennig's All-Star String Band - "Fennigmania" (1981. Learned from the McCusker Brothers Ceili Band). Gael-Linn CEFCD 151, Buttons and Bows - "Gracenotes." Outlet OAS 3030, Josephine Keegan. Solo 7012, Tommy Peoples - "A Traditional Experience with Tommy Peoples" (appears under the title "The New Policeman").




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