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ROARING MARY (Máire Bhéiceach). AKA and see “Foxie Mary," "Foxy Mary (3)," "Scotch Molly.” Irish, Reel. D Major (Flaherty, Harker/Rafferty, Kennedy, Mallinson, Miller, Mulvihill): D Mixolydian (Breathnach). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Flaherty): AABB (Breathnach, Harker/Rafferty, Kennedy, Mallinson, Mulvihill). This frequently recorded reel is often associated with accordion player Joe Cooley, who typically played it last in a set of three tunes along with "Humors of Tulla (The)" and "Skylark (1) (The).” The medley (sometimes just “The Skylark” followed by “Roaring Mary”) is still a popular combination at sessions. Martin O’Connor is said to have mentioned that Roaring Mary was one of Joe Cooley’s students. An older name for the tune, however, is “Foxie Mary,” by which title the tune appears under in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, published in Boston in 1883 (p. 30). Manuscripts written by Sligo fiddler James Morrison for New York Students had it as "Foxy Mary." It seems that it was Morrison's protegé Paddy Killoran who re-christened the tune "Roaring Mary" on a 1936 78 rpm disc that predated by a generation Cooley and his student. “Foxie Mary” is given as an alternate title by Peter Kennedy, taken perhaps from a source familiar with Ryan’s Mammoth Collection. In his final recording session, Sligo fiddle great Michael Coleman called it "Lazy Mary."