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Maudabawn Chapel

PostPosted: Fri Nov 28, 2008 7:21 am
by Tosh Marshall
I have chosen Maudabawn Chapel as my piece to work on over time. Does anyone here play it ? It is a wonderful piece and there is a great version by Kevin Burke on Portland. Natalie Macmaster does a version on In My Hands and there is a nice slow version on Eileen Ivers 'Wild Blue'.
You can find it on the Session.Org here:

PostPosted: Sat Dec 05, 2009 11:42 pm
by DaveL35
Yeah, this is one I play sometimes. I think I got it from Portland too originally.

Ed Reavy

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 8:40 am
by Tosh Marshall
Hi Dave,
This is a great piece but I still have trouble with coming down from the high b in the 5th bar as portrayed on the Funnily enough I bought Ed Reavy's book and his original has that bar running up to the high b. I think the session version is the Kevin Burke version. However, it is a very good exercise and I am improving at it. It's tough for me though.....

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 3:02 pm
by DaveL35
As you've realised it's good idea to use multiple sources for tunes. (Particularly if your source is - many of their transcriptions are riddled with errors, though probably not in this case). The bottom line is to trust your ears.

The two ways of playing the phrase you are concerned about are probably both perfectly good variations.

I am still working on ways round the 'awkward high b' phrases that sometimes occur in tunes. I find that adopting something close to the 'correct classical guitar' left hand position for a moment sometimes works, if you get what I mean.

PostPosted: Sun Dec 06, 2009 11:55 pm
by PseudoCelt
This is a great tune. It has been on my "to do" list for ages, but I only learned it recently from the Kevin Burke recording. It's a bit different from the version on TheSession, but this is more or less how I play it:

X: 1
T: Maudabawn Chapel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
|:G3 F E2 DB,|G,A,B,D E2 DB,|G,2 B,D GABd|gabg efga|
|~g3 a bg (3ggg|gfed effe|d2 gd BcdB|AcBA GEED:|
|EBBA B3 d|BAGA B^cde|fd (3ddd gfe^c|dBAF GEED:|

I didn't know Natalie MacMaster recorded it too. I'll have to look out for it.


Reavy's Version

PostPosted: Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:26 pm
by Tosh Marshall
Nice version Patrick,
Here's Ed Reavy's original version:-

T:Maudabawn Chapel
C:Ed Reavy
N:The local chapel in Ed's parish
N:where he first
N:learned the simple ways of faith.
Z:Joe Reavy
EF|(3GFE (3GED ECDB,|G,A,B,D ECEB,|G,A,B,D GABd|gabg eaaf|
gabg efge|dfed Bc d2|(3efg fa gbec|dBA=c BEEF|
gabg eaaf|gfga (3bag (3agf|gfed efge|dfe=c BcdB|
E2 BE eEBE|BAFA B^cde|f2 (3agf gfec|1dBA=c BEED:|2dBA=c BEED:|3 dBAF E4 ||
W:After second time round second section return to beginning. 3 is the Last time round.

The version on Natalie MacMaster's 'In My Hands' is called Gramma and is Maudabawn Chapel paired with John McCusker's Frank Reel, dedicated to her late grandmother, hence the title.