Sheet Music: Mama's Pet

TitleMama's Pet
Alternate titlesMamma's Pet
Mammy's Pet
Timothy Downing
Downing's Reel
First House in Connaught
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
Time signature4/4
Tempo152 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2017-12-04
Last updated2017-12-04
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Celtic Music, Reels, Traditional/Folk


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Monday 4 December 2017

Tune of the Day: Mama's Pet

Traditional Irish reel

Francis O'Neill printed a few versions of this tune in his books, under different titles. In Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody (1922) he explains:

In boyhood days I memorized the first part of this reel from the fiddle playing of Mr. Downing a gentleman farmer who taught me the rudiments of music on the flute. Thirty-five years later the second part was supplied by A.S. Beamish, another West Cork musician. Being without a name the tune was called “Timothy Downing” or “Downing's Reel”, in the O'Neill Collections. With a third part obtained from the famous fiddler John McFadden of Mayo, this tripartite reel is presented under its presumably true name.