The Banshee

Reel, G, Irish, attributed to James McMahon, 1893-1977
TrailJams Tune of the Week for July 15, 2021

This tune is attributed to James McMahon [1893-1977] and is variously known as McMahon’s Reel, McMahon’s #3, and McMahon’s Favorite. James McMahon’s daughter, Rose, has published a Facebook page with information about the tune and about James. A Banshee, in Irish mythology, is a female fairy who heralds a person’s death by her shrieking or keening.


Dots (Musical Notation)

As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.

Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 65bpm
Moderate tempo 85bpm

Suggested Sets

Companion tunes and sequences that work well for this tune.

Other Resources

For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.