You can add a real swing to this tune.
Composed by Dublin whistle player Darach de Brun.
Quite often paired with "The Man Of Aran" - another of his compositions. The two tunes were recorded by the late (and much missed) Donncha O’Brien.
“The Man of Aran” - Darach de Brun
‘Let grief, be a fallen leaf’
Rest In Peace Darach de Brún http://irishtunecomposers.weebly.com/darach-de-brun.html
These were truly inspired tunes you wrote, we’ll pass them on.
"The Maple Leaf was composed in 1976 for my own wedding. I had my reception in the Maples Hotel, Dublin, hence the name."
- Darach de Brun
The Maple Leaf
These tunes have been written with the wrong key signature! It should be E minor, ie with one sharp. Two sharps would be B minor.
The second version has the C# marked with a natural sign which of course wouldn’t be required with the correct key signature, and the third version I’m sure isn’t played with C#s, eg bars 4 and 8.
You’re absolutely right fiddler71. I did miss the key signature. Thanks it’s corrected now.
The Maple Leaf, X:4
Just another version
The Maple Leaf, X:5
Combination of previous versions, with a few of differences.
The Maple Leaf, X:6
Bit of a different take on the B Part - shouldn’t clash with the previous settings.
Re: The Maple Leaf
A filthy, mucky version of The Maple Leaf … probably the closest I’ve ever come to playing Rock & Roll. 😀
I met Darach in Miltown Malbay in 1977 & he taught me a couple of his own tunes that week, including this one.
When I went into my garden this morning, my garden gate was ‘singing’ in the wind & the tone immediately reminded me of this Reel, so of course I just had to record it … as you do. 😉
I’m playing it here on Tenor Banjo, Tenor Guitar, Fiddle, Hammered Dulcimer & English Concertina.
The Maple Leaf, X:7
I’ve been playing this reel for years, mostly playing along with Paddy O’Brien’s tune collection tapes.
I was surprised to see that none of the settings here so far are much like Paddy’s.
I wrote this setting from the way I play it, but then checked that it is very similar to what Paddy
plays in this video (where you can pick up a few more variations).
Paddy’s versions always keep the tunes "rolling along" — so there are "extra notes" rather than "long notes".