George White’s Favorite reel

Also known as Bessie Sweeney, The Boys Of Carrowcastle, Carracastle Lasses, The Carracastle Lasses, Carrowcastle Lasses, Carrowcastle Lassies, George White’s, George White’s Fancy, George White’s Favourite, George Whites, George Whyte’s Fancy, George Whyte’s Favourite, Lass Of Carracastle, The Lass Of Carrowcastle, Lasses Of Carracastle, The Lasses Of Carracastle, The Reeler, Rogha Sheoirse De Faoite, Sweeney’s.

There are 135 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Dennis Murphy’s (a few times), The Sligo Maid (a few times), The Ballydesmond (a few times).

George White's Favorite has been added to 505 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: George White's Favorite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bd | eB ~B2 eBdB | AGAB GEDE | GB (3BBB GABd | eBdB A2 Bd |
eB ~B2 eBdB | AGAB GEDE | GABd gedB | AGAB G2 :||
|:de | gede gaba | g2ga gede | dega bgag | eaa^g a2 =ga |
bg (3ege d2 de | gede gaba | (3gag (3fgf (3efe dB | AGAB G2 :||
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X: 2
T: George White's Favorite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bd|:e~B3 eBdB|AGAB GEDE|G~B3 GABd|eBdB A2 Bd|
|e~B3 eBdB|AGAB GEDE|GABd gedB|1 AGAB GABd:|2 AGAB G2 de||
|:gede gaba|~g3a gede|dega bgag|eaag a2 ga|
|bgeg d2 de|gede gaba|~g3a gedB|1 AGAB G2 de:|2 AGAB GABd||
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X: 3
T: George White's Favorite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dc|BF~F2 BFAF|EDEF DB,A,B,|DF~F2 DEFA|BFAF E2FA|
BF~F2 BFAF|EDEF DB,A,B,|DEFA dBAF|EDEF D2:|
zc|dBAB defe|~d3e dBAB|ABde fded|Beed e2de|
fdBd ~A3B|dBAB defe|d2dA BdAF|EDEF D2:|
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X: 4
T: George White's Favorite
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bd |: eB ~B2 eBdB | ~AGAB ~GE D2 | GB ~B2 GB ~B2 | (3ege dB A2 Bd |
eB ~B2 eBdB | ~AGAB ~GE D2 | ~GABd gedB | ~AGAB G2 Bd :|
|: ~gede gaba | ~gfga ~gedB | dega bgag | eaag a2 ga |
bgeg dged | ~gede gaba | gfgd (3efg dB |1 AGAB G2 Bd :|2 AGAB G4 ||
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Nineteen comments

George White’s Favorite

I first heard this on a tape of a tape etc of some old 78’s & LP’s that someone had put together in the 60’s or 70’s it had various people on it. I’m 99% that this cut was Paddy Canny, but I could be wrong. There was a piano playing Mixolydian Chords behind him & although they wouldn’t be considered the "right" chords by some of today’s backers the chords the piano choose gave this tune even more of a lift. I had no Idea of the name but a friend just clued me in as of late. It’s a nice reel that goes nice on both the flute & the fiddle.

Naming of this tune

Actually, George White’s and Carracastle Lass (or Boys of Carrowcastle, as it’s called here) are two entirely different tunes that became confused because they were originally recorded consecutively on an early recording that was reissued on the CD From Galway to Dublin. You can also hear them played consecutively on a more recent recording by Paddy Ryan and Jim Corry on the CD The Mountain Road, track 9.

Here’s a version based in part on the playing of Kevin Burke—just subtly different from Brad’s original.

X: 1
T: George White’s Favorite
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
Bd|:e~B3 eBdB|AGAB GEDE|G~B3 GABd|eBdB A2 Bd|
|e~B3 eBdB|AGAB GEDE|GABd gedB|1 AGAB GABd:|2 AGAB G2 de||
|:gede gaba|~g3a gede|dega bgag|eaag a2 ga|
|bgeg d2 de|gede gaba|~g3a gedB|1 AGAB G2 de:|2 AGAB GABd||

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Will’s Version

Thanks for that, Will. That’s a nice setting. I do love the way Kevin plays this on Portland, and it goes great on the box.

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Also played in D

This tune is recorded in D on Molloy & Kaene "Contentment is Wealth" and O’Shaughnessy & Bradley "… born for sport." It’s something like this:

K: Dmaj
dc|BF~F2 BFAF|EDEF DB,A,B,|DF~F2 DEFA|BFAF E2FA|
BF~F2 BFAF|EDEF DB,A,B,|DEFA dBAF|EDEF D2:|
zc|dBAB defe|~d3e dBAB|ABde fded|Beed e2de|
fdBd ~A3B|dBAB defe|d2dA BdAF|EDEF D2:|

Of course, it’s better to slow down a little bit in the key.

According to Paul Brock, George White was a piccolo-playing publican in New York.

Other Recordings

There’s an excelent version of this song done by Miliosa (McWeeney) Lundy on banjo. It’s a late 1970’s record titled Off To California by local San Francisco bay area musicians.

The Reeler - Hornpipe - It’s identical

I have some sheet music here with a hornpipe listed as "The Reeler". Melodically it is identical to ‘George White’s’. It’s just written as a hornpipe.

“The Reeler Hornpipe”

What’s the history behind your transcription? Where’s it from jimod? As a hornpipe, if you’re playing it, why not submit it here. If so, remember to link it back to the reel version…and please, give some background too… It’s a lovely hornpipe…

George White’s - You Tube Video

The video link above has been removed. Does anyone have it that can repost it?

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Other names for George White’s

I’ve checked Karen Tweed’s album, "Drops of Springwater" and can’t find a tune called George White’s Favourite, or any of the other names given here.

Recording

This is tune is to be found on Michael O’Raghallaigh’s "The Nervous Man", played along with The Copper Plate.

A tune named "Sweeney’s" - probably the polka - is on Karen’s CD, and someone has listed this tune under that title, hence the [ incorrect ] link.

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Setting #4

This is from Ceol Rince na hEireann Volume 1 No.97 where it is called Rogha Sheoirse de Faoite

Which means George White’s Fancy in Irish.