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Chattering Magpie (The)

“The Chattering Magpie” is a common reel in County Clare, very much associated with concertina players. I learned it from Noel O’Donoghue and Seán Vaughan back in 2015, and I actually remember that evening quite well as it was one of the first time (if not THE first time) I was playing a gig with Noel and Seán together, at O’Connor’s Pub. I was quite nervous, but all went well enough (I think). Anyways, at some stage they starting playing “The Chattering Magpie”, and noticing that I nearly had the tune, but not fully, they played it over like 8 or 9 times so I could catch it properly. And that’s how I learned it, so thank you Noel & Seán!

X:1
T:Chattering Magpie (The)
R:Reel
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:G
BGAF DGGA|B2ge fdcA|BGAF D~G3|FGAB c2dc|
BGAF DGGA|Bdge fdcA|BGAF DGG2|FGAB c2Bc||
dggf g2bg|d~g3 fgaf|dggf g2ga|bgag fdcA|
dggf g2bg|d~g3 fgaf|dggf g2ga|bgag fdcA||

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