Old Mother Flannigan

As played by Wilson Douglas from the West Virginia region

Reel or Breakdown in G

From the Southern Appalachians Collection

3 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)
Full Transcription (PDF)


Recording of Wilson Douglas released on the album Common Ground, streaming audio available here


I first heard Wilson Douglas many years ago when searching out source recordings for Old Mother Flannigan.  At that time, I found a field recording of Douglas, which was really cool but of too poor quality for me to use at the time.  The recording transcribed here is much better.

Douglas played a nice three-part version of Old Mother Flannigan, with a crooked C part.  (I generally play the A part from Portsmouth, AKA The Song of the Underpants Gnomes, as the C part for Old Mother Flannigan.  I may switch to something based on Douglas’ playing.)

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