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Maggie in the Woods (G)

“Maggie in the Woods” is a popular two-part polka, similar to “The Scartaglen Polka” (also in G), though the latter has three parts. There are some common lyrics to this polka:  If I met Maggie in the wood / I would kiss her if I could / that’s the thing would do her good / […]

 Drowsy Maggie (Edor)

“Drowsy Maggie” is a very popular reel at sessions all over the world.  It’s #1425 in O’Neill’s 1850 – i.e., O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1903) – and so probably dates back to the mid-nineteenth century.  However, there’s not much clear information about the tune’s origin or subsequent history. It should not be confused with a set […]

The Banshee (G)

The reel entitled “The Banshee” is a session favorite pretty much everywhere.  It was composed by James McMahon (b. ≈1900), a flute player originally from South Fermanagh, in Northern Ireland.  He married Rose Tally, eventually moved to Belfast, and became an influential flute player there.  He composed several other well-known tunes, including “The Ivory Flute” (he actually played […]