The transcription here of Sonny Harne’s is from the flute playing of Andy Snee of Seamair, Cill Cheallaigh in Fíf agus Fideog1. Andy learnt the tune from the lilting of his father who “reckoned that it was a big favourite of Sonny (Michael) Harne of Kilgarrif, a hearty flute player and dancer”.
The audio recording features a slightly different version entitled The Boys from Mayo.2

Alternative titles:
Appears in Breathnach CRÉ1:140 as Ríl Uí Mhuirgheasa (Morrison’s reel), and as The New Post Office in both Goodman (Vol.3 p141 copied from O’Daly MS; Shields:835 p.120) and The Stephen Grier Music Manuscript Collection (Co. Leitrim, c.1883).
Appears as The New Mailcoach in O’Neill MI:1302 (1903) and DMI:489 (1907).

  1. Joe Byrne, Fíf agus Fideog – Fluters and Whistlers of East Mayo. Dreoilín, Achadh Mór, 1998.
  2. Tom Morrison (Flute solo), John Reynolds (tambourine), Ed Geoghegan (piano), Columbia 33293-F. (1928)

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