The Broken Pledge reel

Also known as An Geall Briste.

There are 61 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Jenny’s Welcome To Charlie (a few times), The Boy In The Gap (a few times), The Crib Of Perches (a few times), The Graf Spee (a few times).

The Broken Pledge has been added to 349 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Broken Pledge
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
A|dcAG ADDB|cAGF ECCE|DEFG Addc|AcGc Adfe|
dcAG A2dB|cAGF ECCE|DEFG Addc|AcGc ADD:||
A|dcAG Acde|fAdf ecAB|cAGE GAcd|ecc2 eage|
dcAG Acde|fAdf ecAG|F2FE FGAB|cAGE FDD:||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Broken Pledge
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|dcAG ADDd|cAGF ECCE|DEFG Addc|Ac1/2A1/2GB Adfe|
dcAG (3EFG AB|cdBd cAGE|DEFG Addc|Ac1/2A1/2GE EDD2:||
|dcAG Adde|f2df ecAB|~c3A GAcd|ecc2 eage|
dcAG Adde|f2df ecAG|F2~F2 FGAd|cAGE EDD2:||
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ABC
X: 3
T: The Broken Pledge
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
dcAG AEAB|cAGF ECCE|D2 (3E^FG Addc|(3ABc Gc Adfe|
dcAG (3E^FG AB|cBcd cAGE|D2 (3E^FG AddB|cAGE {G}ED D2:|
dcAG A2 de|fefd ecAB|cAGE GAcd|ec ~c2 eage|
dcAG FAde|fefd ecAG|F2 ED (3E^FG AB|cAGE {G}ED D2:|
ABC
X: 4
T: The Broken Pledge
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
||:ed BA Be eB| dG AG FA DA|EF GA Be ec| (3.B.cB Ad Bf gf
| ed BA ~B3 c|dG AG FA DA|EF GA Be ec|~B2 Af Be eB:||
||:ed BA (3B.c.d ef|g2 ef fd Bc|dA FA dc de|fd (3B.c.d fb af
|ed BA (3B.c.d ef|g2 ef fd BA|~G3 F GA Be|dB AF Be eB:||
ABC
X: 5
T: The Broken Pledge
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emix
edBA BEEc|dBA^F FDDF|EF^FA Beed|BdAF Eagf|edBA GABC|dcdB ADDF|EF^FA Beed|BdAF FE E2:|
e2 BA Bdef|^f2 e^f fdBc|dcdB ABde|fd d2 fbaf|edBA GBEf|^f2 e^f fdBA|^F^F^FF ^FABe|dBAF FE E2:|
ABC
X: 6
T: The Broken Pledge
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
|:dcAG AD3|cAGE ED D2|DEFG ADdB|cAGc AD (3gfe|
dcAG ADdB|cAAG EFFE|DEFG ADdB|cAGE ED D2:||
|:dcAG Adde|f3d ecAB|cAGE GAcd|ed (3Bcd ecAc|
dcAG Adde|f3d ecAG|FEFG Addc|AcGE ED D2:||
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ABC
X: 7
T: The Broken Pledge
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:aged cAA2 | gedc BGG2 | EAAB cBcd | eaag e2de |
gede g3a | bgab ged2 |efed cBce | gedB BAA2 :|
|: a2ea a2a2 | cBce aged | gedB dega | bgab age2 |
a2ea a2a2 | cBce aged | c3d e3f | gedB BAA2 :|
ABC
X: 8
T: The Broken Pledge
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
d^cAG AD{F}DD|^FcG=F EC {E}(3CB,C|DEFG Ad{e}dc|AcGc Adfe|
d^cAD (3E^FG AB|cccG (3E^FG CE|DE^FG Ad{e}d^c|AAGE D D D d||
d^cAG ^FdD (_E|=E2) cG ECC C|A,DFG Ad{e}dc|AA GE D g^fe|
d^cAD (3E^FG AB|cBcG (3E^FG CE|DE^FG Ad{e}d^c|(3ABA GE D3 d||
d^cAG AAde|ffdf ecAd|cCEG cccd|ec {e}c{B}c eage|
d^cAG AA de|f2df ecAG|F2FE FG (3A_B=B|cBcE ED D D||
^cdAG A=cde|fagf dcAd|cAGC (3E^FG cg|eccc Gcec|
d^cAG (3AdA de|f2df ecAG|F2FE FG (3A_B=B|cBcE ED DD||
d^cAG AD{F}DD|BcG=F EC {E}(3CB,C|DEFG Ad{e}dc|AcGc Adfe|
d^cAD (3E^FG AB|cBcG (3E^FG CE|DE^FG Ad{e}d^c|(3ABA GE D D D d||
d^cAG ^FdD (_E|=E2) cG EC (3CB,C|A,DFG Ad{e}dc|(3ABA GE D g^fe|
d^cAD (3E^FG AB|cBcG (3E^FG CE|DE^FG Ad{e}d^c|(3ABA GE ADD d||
d^cAG AAde|ffdf ecAd|cCEG cccd|ec {e}c{B}c eage|
d^cAG (3AdA de|ff df ecAG|FF FE FG (3A_B=B|cBcE ED D D||
^cdAG A=cde|fagf dcAd|cAGC (3E^FG cg|ec (3cBc Gcec|
d^cAG (3AdA de|f2df ecAG|F2FE FG (3A_B=B|cBcE ED CA,|[A,8D8]|]
ABC

Twenty-five comments

A nasty tune ?

Extract from a Michael Simmons interview with Frankie Gavin for Fiddler Magazine:

Frankie Gavin was pushed into playing the fiddle at the age of ten by his older accordion-playing brother who thought the two instruments would sound good together. "One day Sean came up to me," Gavin recalls. "He said, ‘You know, I think you should play the fiddle.’ I said, ‘I don’t know about that. Doesn’t it make a lot of squeaks when you’re learning?’ But he kept on me so I decided to give it a go. The first thing he made me learn was a tune called ‘The Broken Pledge,’ which is lovely, but really difficult to play. He said, ‘If you can get a really nasty tune off first, everything else will be plain sailing after that.’ And it turns out it’s true enough."

As a fiddler, I can see how you might not want this to be your first tune, but it’s certainly not the most difficult in the book. Apparently Frankie was up to it….

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The Well Tempered Bow

Does anybody know the jig version of ‘broken pledge’ that is played on the kane sisters’ first album? i think it goes really well after ‘do you want anymore?’

Broken Pledge

Galway-fiddle, I just posted the dots for the jig, transcribed directly from the Well Tempered Bow. Click here: http://www.thesession.org/tunes/4217

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I hear this more often in Edor at our session for the pipers/fluters, altho’ I have to say I prefer it in Ddor.

is this tune really D dorian. Played with the Fs sharp it sounds just as fine to my humble ear and its quite ok to play it thence as notated on flutey/pipey things (i do it so…). I guess the Fs are just like the Cs in a lot of these tunes: you can jump back and forth between the sharp and the natural and anywhere in between depending on the mood your in.

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Broken pledge

Patrick Ourceau taught this beautiful tune with a slight variation which I post now in abc format. Makes it even more beautiful!

X: 1
T: Broken Pledge, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Ddor
|dcAG ADDd|cAGF ECCE|DEFG Addc|Ac1/2A1/2GB Adfe|
dcAG (3EFG AB|cdBd cAGE|DEFG Addc|Ac1/2A1/2GE EDD2:||
|dcAG Adde|f2df ecAB|~c3A GAcd|ecc2 eage|
dcAG Adde|f2df ecAG|F2~F2 FGAd|cAGE EDD2:||

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I’ve heard that version too, with the variation. It’s nice.

Broken Pledge version from Liz Kane

Here’s a version of the Broken Pledge given to me by Liz Kane, as best as I could make out her handwriting, and processed by six months of playing it.

X:2
T:Broken Pledge, The
M:C|
L:1/8
R:Reel
K:DDor
dcAG AEAB|cAGF ECCE|D2 (3E^FG Addc|(3ABc Gc Adfe|
dcAG (3E^FG AB|cBcd cAGE|D2 (3E^FG AddB|cAGE {G}ED D2:|
dcAG A2 de|fefd ecAB|cAGE GAcd|ec ~c2 eage|
dcAG FAde|fefd ecAG|F2 ED (3E^FG AB|cAGE {G}ED D2:|

I use the G for the cut between the two Es in the last bar because it’s easiest on the B/C box, but an F natural works just as well or maybe better. One could put rolls on the quarter notes, but they sound ok to me without them.

Ha does anyone have this in EDor? otherwise i’ll have to sit down and do it by ear….

Rowsome Version

My attempt at transcribing Kevin Rowsome’s playing:

||:ed BA Be eB| dG AG FA DA|EF GA Be ec| (3.B.cB Ad Bf gf
| ed BA ~B3 c|dG AG FA DA|EF GA Be ec|~B2 Af Be eB:||
||:ed BA (3B.c.d ef|g2 ef fd Bc|dA FA dc de|fd (3B.c.d fb af
|ed BA (3B.c.d ef|g2 ef fd BA|~G3 F GA Be|dB AF Be eB:||

Broken Pledge Transposed

For easier use on the D whistle, this tune works great transposed up to E mixolydian. It’s very similar to playing it in E minor. I’d write it in ABC format, but not sure how to.

X:1
T:Broken Pledge, The
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:Reel
K:Emix
edBA BEEc|dBA^F FDDF|EF^FA Beed|BdAF Eagf|edBA GABC|dcdB ADDF|EF^FA Beed|BdAF FE E2:|
e2 BA Bdef|^f2 e^f fdBc|dcdB ABde|fd d2 fbaf|edBA GBEf|^f2 e^f fdBA|^F^F^FF ^FABe|dBAF FE E2:|

Can “The Broken Pledge” be played on a D whistle?

I was just playing some tunes over lunch and I without much forethought started into The Broken Pledge and promptly ran off the long end of the whistle.

I just let those notes fall on the floor, but does anybody play this one on a D whistle and have any ideas about how to handle those low C naturals? Substitute another note? play them up an octave?

or is this just one of those times that I need to grab a C whistle or play another tune?

Re: Can “The Broken Pledge” be played on a D whistle?

Seamus Ennis goes GE ~E2 or sometimes goes for a long E roll. Works fine.

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Re: Can “The Broken Pledge” be played on a D whistle?

thanks, professor! a roll on the E is a great idea! that the E comes right before the C naturals is what stumped me. There’s other tunes that I learned on fiddle first and when I put them on a whistle, I have to substitute another chord tone for things like a low B off the end and stuff like that.

but in this case, you would have a beat and a half on E, perfect place for a roll

Re: Can “The Broken Pledge” be played on a D whistle?

I’m a lazy whistle player, myself, and tend to play only the whistle-friendliest tunes on the whistle, my main instrument being mandolin. But I have heard whistle players playing in all sorts of unlikely keys on a D-whistle. The best I’ve heard was a red-haired lass in Feakle, E. Clare, who played a set of 3 tunes, in C, F and G minor, on a D whistle, and not a note out of place - or missing.

You could do worse than listen to Johnny Connolly Sr. on the melodeon. He manages to play in all the common keys on a D-melodeon - and he doesn’t even have the C-natural or the half-hole option for accidentals. He just works around the notes he doesn’t have in such a way that the melody flows like honey.

Re: Can “The Broken Pledge” be played on a D whistle?

…I refer, of course, to the single-row melodeon.

Re: Can “The Broken Pledge” be played on a D whistle?

The tune absolutely can be played on the whistle/flute/pipes with some folding and creative substitution.

Re: Can “The Broken Pledge” be played on a D whistle?

I don’t know that one, but where have I heard that tune name before? Sounds familiar…

My Version

X: 1
T: Broken Pledge, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Ddor
|dcAG AD3|cAGE ED D2|DEFG ADdB|cAGc AD (3gfe|
dcAG ADdB|cAAG EFFE|DEFG ADdB|cAGE EDDe:||
|dcAG Adde|f3d ecAB|cAGE GAcd|e2 df ecAc|
dcAG Addg|f3d ecAG|FEFG Addc|AcGE EDDe:||

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Broken Pledge

X:7 from a 78 of melodeon player PJ Conlon. Played in Amix it sounds drastically different than usual; Conlon recomposed the 2nd part a bit to avoid going higher than A, not that he didn’t have those notes available on his single-row instrument. Also, given that he had to work with just the one row he plays C#s throughout instead of the expected Cnat, those of us with more flexible instruments could give it a try with Cnat if so desired.

Broken Pledge - Johnny McCarthy’s setting

Setting 8 is my transcription from Johnny McCarthy’s album "Steele’s Rock". He plays "The Colliers’" before it. My transcription of his playing of that tune can be found as the third setting here: http://thesession.org/tunes/2154