Paddy O’Brien Compositions

Paddy O’Brien Compositions

Hi everybody!

This is an attempt of doing a list of all compositions of Paddy O’Brien the box player (1922 - 1991). It will always be very easy to find this discussion.

First here you are some information about him:

Wikipedia link:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paddy_O%27Brien_(accordionist)

And this is the list, please feel free to join in adding more tunes with comments to this discussion.

CADDY’S FANCY (JIG)
https://thesession.org/tunes/19218

BROOK LODGE (JIG)
https://thesession.org/tunes/11449

AMIR’S DELIGHT (POLKA)
https://thesession.org/tunes/8596

AWAKENING (REEL)
https://thesession.org/tunes/11489

BANKS OF THE SHANNON (HORNPIPE)
https://thesession.org/tunes/3732

BARGE INN (REEL)
https://thesession.org/tunes/4949

BOYS OF LOUGH GOWNA (JIG)
https://thesession.org/tunes/3377

CURRAGH (JIG)
https://thesession.org/tunes/6526

BURNING BRAKES (JIG)
https://thesession.org/tunes/9058

DIGGING FOR GOLD (JIG)
https://thesession.org/tunes/12921

CONLAN’S WELL (REEL)
https://thesession.org/tunes/8910

COMING OF SPRING (JIG)
https://thesession.org/tunes/2403

BLACK LOUGH (JIG)
https://thesession.org/tunes/5459

Re: Paddy O’Brien Compositions

Is ”An Comhra Donn” a Paddy O’Brien composition? An could an Irish speaker advise if it’s Comhra or Cónra?

Re: Paddy O’Brien Compositions

I also wondered about An Comhra Donn. Where did you find information that it was composed by Paddy O’Brien?

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Fernando, could you please answer this:
I also wondered about An Comhra Donn. Where did you find information that it was composed by Paddy O’Brien? I’ve never seen that!

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I first heard "An Comhra Donn" on the first "Chieftains" LP, which was released in 1964. They have always been fairly meticulous in crediting their sources, and Paddy O’Brien is not credited on the sleeve.
"An Comhra Donn" is in Breandan Breathnach’s "Ceol Rince na hEireann Vol. 1 - #210 on page 85. His source was Sonny Brogan - again, no mention of Paddy O’Brien.
The tune does not appear in "The Compositions Of Paddy O’Brien".
So, as "hnorbeck" requests, who thinks "An Comhra Donn" is a Paddy O’Brien composition, and on what basis ?

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In some cases I even compared the music scores to be sure, and I remember now that I did it in the case of COMHRA DONN (The Brown Chest). I saw that the first music score in thesession in the tune 1636 was the same tune as in the list of capeirish website.

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To correct my previous message:

The tune ANN FROM MONAGHAN (REEL) was not composed by Paddy O’Brien, it was composed by Ed Reavy.

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That settles it. http://www.capeirish.com/webabc/working/source.folders/pobr/pobr_plus/024cdonn.pdf
On "An Comhra Donn" it says
H:arr. Paddy O’Brien

On the tunes he composed it says
C:© Paddy O’Brien
instead.

So he did NOT compose "An Comhra Donn", only make an arrangement of it.

So you had better check the other tunes on your list here to see if any of them are only arrangements, not compositions.

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Okey, I have checked them all.

TUNES THAT ARE IN THIS LIST THAT ARE NOT COMPOSITIONS OF PADDY O’BRIEN:

YOUGHAL QUAY (REEL)
DINNY O’BRIEN’S (JIG) (There is another tune with the same name but it is a reel, that one it is indeed a Paddy O’Brien composition)
AN COMHRA DONN (HORNPIPE)

I will go to these three tunes in thesession and add a comment making it very clear that they are not Paddy O’Brien compositions.

Thanks for your help hnorbeck!

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Dinny O’Brien was Paddy’s father, leader of The Bridge Ceili Band, so Dinny O’Brien’s Jig may possibly have been a tune within the family. Paddy O’Brien composed a tune called the Road To Youghal so that may be where the confusion with Youghal Quay crop up. By coincidence there’s a clip on Comhltas Live today of two young Cork musicians playing a Paddy O’Brien jig, ”The Second Victory”:
https://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_596_11_liam_o_muineachain_and_cian_o_dalaigh/