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McFARLEY'S (Ríl Mhic Fhearghaile). AKA and see "Falls of Ballisodare (The)," "Maids of Castlebar (The)." Irish, Reel. Ireland, Donegal. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The title "McFarley's" is what Donegal fiddler John Doherty called this tune, a northern Ireland version of "Maids of Castlebar (The)," a variant of the well-known reel "Maid Behind the Bar (1) (The)." It is a popular reel in County Donegal, recorded by several fiddlers from that region. County Sligo/Philadelphia fiddler John Vessey gave the both the titles "Gatehouse Maid (The)" and "Falls of Ballisodare (The)" for the reel in a 1957 recording.

Source for notated version: Donegal fiddler John Doherty, 1966 [Breathnach].

Printed sources: Breathnach (CRÉ V), 1999; No. 110, p. 57.

Recorded sources: Gael-Linn CEFCD 072, John Doherty - "John Doherty - Taisce." Green Linnett GLCD 1117, Altan - "Harvest Storm" (1992). Nimbus NI 5320, Ciaran Tourish, Dermot McLaughlin, Tommy Peoples, Seamus Gibson, Seamus Glackin, Kevin Glackin - "Fiddle Sticks: Irish Traditional Music from Donegal" (1991).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]
See/hear Donegal fiddlers Con Cassidy and James Byrne play the tune on youtube.com [2]




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