Mayor Harrison’s Fedora is one of my all-time favourite tunes. I learned it from my friend Johannes Perritaz, a great flute player from Switzerland. I believe his version was based on the playing of Matt Molloy & Sean Keane, who recorded this reel on their album Contentment is Wealth. Tommy Peoples also recorded an amazing version of “Mayor Harrison’s Fedora” on the album The Quiet Glen.
Mayor Harrison refers to the Mayor of Chicago from 1897 to 1915, at a time when Chief O’Neill was collecting his tunes in Chicago. It features in “O’Neill’s 1001” with 3 parts, but you can occasionally hear this tune with only the first 2 parts.
T:Mayor Harrison’s Fedora
|:GBEG B2AF|G2GA BdAG|FEDF ADFA|dcdB AGFA|
G~E3 B2AF|GFGA BABc|dcdB AGFA|GEFD ~E3F:||
|:Beed e2ef|~e3f edBA|GABc d2cd|efaf gfed|
Beed ~e3f|~g3f edBc|dcdB AGFA|GEFD E2EF:||
|:~G3F GABc|dBAG FDDA|Beed efge|fedf edBc|
dcdB AGFA|GEFD EFGA|dcdB AGFA|GEFD E2EF:||