Maggie Brown’s Favourite jig

Also known as Bunch Of Clover, The Bunch Of Clover, Cadden’s Fancy, Maggie Brown, Maggie Brown’s, Maggie Brown’s Fancy, Maggie Brown’s Favorite, Maggie Browne’s, Maggie Browne’s Fancy, Margrett Brown’s Favourite, Miss Brown’s Fancy, Miss Browne’s, Miss Browne’s Fancy, Miss Browns Fancy, Miss Margaret Brown’s Favourite, Planxty Brown, Planxty Browne, Planxty Maggie Brown, Sweet Maggie Brown, Trip To Gorey.

There are 36 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Humours Of Bandon (lots of times).

Maggie Brown’s Favourite has been added to 2 tune sets.

Maggie Brown's Favourite has been added to 169 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Maggie Brown's Favourite
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dBG GAB|E2E E2c|AFD DEF|G2G G2g|
dBG Bcd|E2E E2c|AFD DEF|GBA G3:|
bgb afd|efg gfe|dBg dBG|AFD Dga|
bgb afd|efg gfe|faf ge^c|d3 de=f|
ece dBd|cac BgB|Ace dBG|FAF DEF|
GAB EFG|ABc def|gdB cAF|G3 G2g||
X: 2
T: Maggie Brown's Favourite
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: g |dBG GAB | E3 E2 c | AFD DEF | G3 G2 g |
dBG Bcd | E3 E2 c | AFD DEF | G3 G2 :|
|: g/a/ |bgb afd | efg gfe | dBg dBG | AFD D2 g/a/ |
bgb afd | efg gfe | faf ge^c |d3 de=f |
ece dBd | cac BgB | Ace dBG | F2 F DEF |
GAB EFG | ABc def | gdB cAF | G3 G2 :|
X: 3
T: Maggie Brown's Favourite
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: g |dBG GAB | E3 E2 c | AFD DEF | G3 G2 g |
dBG Bcd | E3 E2 c | AFD DEF | G3 G2 :|
|: g/a/ |bgb afd | efg gfe | dBg dBG | AFD D2 g/a/ |
bgb afd | efg gfe | faf ge^c |d3 de=f |
ece dBd | cAc BGB | Ace dBG | F3 DEF |
GAB EFG | ABc def | gdB cAF | G3 G2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: Maggie Brown's Favourite
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: g |"G"dBG GAB | "C"E3 E2 c | "D"AFD DEF | "G"G3 G2 g |
"G"dBG Bcd | "C"E3 E2 c | "D"AFD DEF | "G"G3 G2 :|
|: g/a/ |"G"bgb "D/F#"afd | "C/E"efg gfe | "G/D"dBg dBG | "D"AFD D2 g/a/ |
"G"bgb "D"afd | "C"efg gfe | "D"faf "A"ge^c |"D"d3 "G7/B"de=f |
|:"C"ece "G/B"dBd | "D7/A"cAc "G"BGB | "Am"Ace "G/B"dBG | "D7"F3 "D7/C"DEF |
"G/B"GAB "C"EFG | "Am"ABc "D/F#"def | "G/B"gdB "D7"cAF | "G"G3 G2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: Maggie Brown's Favourite
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: g |dBG GAB | EFE EFG | AFD DEF | GAG G (3ABc |
dBG GAB | EFE EFG | AFD DEF | G3 G2 :|
|: a |bgg gbg | afd d^cd | efg gfe | dBG Gga|
bgg gbg | afd d^cd | efg faf |d3 d^cd |
e=cA ABc | dBG GAB | cEE EFG | AFD DEF |
GFG EFG | ABc def | ged ecA | G3 G2 :|

Sixteen comments

From an old New England collection of fiddle music. Is this the Maggie of other tunes?

This piece has been represented as an O’Carolyn number. It’s True that the tune is a bit on the flouncy side, but I couldn’t believe that it fit him. In the Neil Gow collection I believe I caught the insinuation that Gow himself wrote it.

I am happy to know this tune but I rarely find occasion to play it.

Mark

Planxty Brown

This tune is more commonly known as Planxty Brown. I would give the Chieftains credit for re-popularizing it. It is often played more slowly with a light drive.

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I don’t believe Gow wrote it. It sounds more Northumbrian than Scottish. Those 6th leaps are a dead giveaway.

Claimed by Nathaniel Gow

This has been claimed by Nathaniel Gow who is Niel’s son and has been published in The Gow Collection of Scottish Dance Music. Mind you, Nathaniel Gow has a reputation for being one of the greatest plagiarists of all time.
There’s a good version of the this tune on an early Battlefield album.
Yes, it’s very Northumbrian sounding, Mark but aren’t you all honorary Scots from there, anyway? :-)

SPeak, this tune is more commonly known here as Miss Margaret Brown’s favourite. Never heard of Planxty Brown. :-)

Hmmm, well, okay I’ll let yuz have it then :-)

Planxty Browne

O’Neill’s Music of Ireland (1850 melodies) Tune Number 692 (page 127)

Old? ~ “New England Fiddler’s Repertoire”

Randy Miller & Jack Perron, 1983 / 2nd edition 2003

Page 50: "Maggie Brown’s Favourite"

http://www.randymillerprints.com/
http://www.randymillerprints.com/fiddletunebooks.htm

Second Edition: "Easier-to-read music typesetting, chords added, index by key, list of alternate titles, decorated with over two dozen Randy Miller wood engravings, including "A Time to Dance"."

~ another Randy Miller publication:
"Irish Traditional Fiddle Music"

Name / Origin

I found this tune in an old book belonging to my mother of Scottish tunes and ‘twas simply names "Maggie Brown’s Jig"

Mickey Dunne taught this at the 2007 San Francisco Piper’s tionol and we all had a great time with it. Good tune on the pipes.

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“Planxty Brown” ~ rescued duplication, few differences

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on April 3rd 2007 by Falkbeer.

"This is a very nice tune by Turlough O’Carolan (1670-1738). It´s no real jig but that was the time that fit."

# Posted on April 3rd 2007 by Falkbeer

X: 1
T: Planxty Brown
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|:g |
dBG GAB | E3 E2 c | AFD DEF | G3 G2 g |
dBG Bcd | E3 E2 c | AFD DEF | G3 G2 :|
|:g/a/ |
bgb afd | efg gfe | dBg dBG | AFD D2 g/a/ |
bgb afd | efg gfe | faf ge^c |d3 de=f |
ece dBd | cac BgB | Ace dBG | F2 F DEF |
GAB EFG | ABc def | gdB cAF | G3 G2 :|

i always new it as miss brown’s fancy, it is a modern set dance in irish dancing

Another name

Ah,it was THIS tune that i was told was also known as "Trip to Gorey",not the Orange Rogue,my mistake.

“Pléaráca na Banndan” / “Humours of Bandon” - another tune for this ceili dance

Some ceili bands, such as Fodhla, have used this as another tune for this particular ceili band, in a set with the tune of the same name…

"Pléaráca na Banndan" / "Humours of Bandon"
Submitted on November 26th 2003 by Liam Hardiman.
https://thesession.org/tunes/2193

credit

My guess is the Chieftains (probably Paddy Moloney I suspect) got it from Leo Rowsome perhaps. Leo did record it on his (1966?) Album Ri na bPiobairi.

Cadden’s Fancy, X:5

I transcribed this version of the tune as recorded in a fiddle duet by Frank Quinn (1893-1964) of Greagh, Drumlish, Co. Longford and Joe Maguire in 1927. They entitled the tune "Cadden’s Fancy".

In a comparison of settings, O’Neill’s version in ‘Dance Music of Ireland’ (1903) is identical to the version in the ‘Third Collection of Niel Gow’s Reels’ published in 1792. It’s likely that O’Neill changed Gow’s title "Miss Margrett Brown’s Favourite" to "Planxty Browne" and therefore his attribution of the tune to Turlough O’Carolan is disingenuous.